I came to this site a little over 2 months ago. I had a fresh copy of the llama in my grubby paws, and knew next to nothing of perl. I poked around, read nodes, really hit the Tutorials
section. After about two weeks, I gained the ability to vote. I tried to add my comments when I thought it was in my XP's best interest. I'm slowly learning something though. The more I learn about perl, the less I care about XP. XP, like was said above, is a "hook"... Something that a new person could aspire to be. It's strange actually; it kind of reminds me of watching old chinese action theater movies in my youth. How the novice yearns to defeat the master, but in the end, it's not about defeating someone else, it's about breaking your own barrier. The only interest I have in the XP system now is the additional participation opportunities that are awarded.
So, on to the points.
#1 It is interesting, but I don't really see much of a benefit.
#2 I do not agree with, while I might have agreed with it month ago. I think I've begun to see the light ;)
Whip me, Beat me, Make me use Y-ModemG.