I'm curious what you mean by lured. My fear would be that you think P6ers actively tricked P5ers into helping with P6. Hopefully you just mean P6 was more appealing.
I've no idea what their reasons were for jumping ship nor what the motivations were of those who induced them (whether actively or passively or with trickery or without). It really does not matter to me - what matters is that their attention was turned elsewhere and Perl suffered as a result.
P6 solves very deep problems P5 is still facing today because it's impossible to fix them without thoroughly breaking full backwards compatibility with the P5 language and run-time.
I'm very pleased to say that there are quite literally no "very deep problems" facing Perl today which impact my use of it or my choice of it as a language. YMMV, of course.
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