Personally, I think that you would do well to stick by your original self-admonition: Responding to garbage being spouted by anonymous person(s) probably ought to not even be anywhere on my radar.
You are right. It shouldn't.
All of us, throughout the greater Perl community, are tremendously in debt to the senior developers and computer scientists such as yourself who have collectively done so much for the various versions of Perl; including those yet to come. Your work stands for itself.
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