In my opinion, the node is not ridiculous at all. But the node title might have been influential: "Money vs. Perl", though meant to sum up the original poster's dilemma, contains the hidden premise that money and Perl are contradictory, which is fortunately not necessarily true!
It might be interesting, but possibly not assessable anymore, if the majority of answers would have been different with a different title. But I doubt it. Unlike certain other online communities, PM is usually not a place where people just follow trends, it's a place for people who can think for themselves and express their genuine opinion.
As for b10m, you might have a point, but I dislike the negative tone of your comment, I would have preferred a more constructive language here. Why insult the original poster when you could just have given a hint about the node being possibly influential.