in reply to Conceptualizing

This is what happens when you don't `use strict`. :P

I think you're probably jumping to the wrong conclusions about what's causing what. I understand the frustration, but it's also hard to tell what the cause is. I personally abhor the :standard pragma and religiously use the object-oriented interface. If you only need certain functions, note that you can call things using something like CGI->redirect(...) without creating a new object.