Wow, you're just a bundle of optimism and hope tonight, aren't you? :-)
Andy, I agree that the people working on Perl 6 are aware of the complaints. My queries aren't so much for them as for the rest of the perl community. There are many people that have misapprehensions about Perl 6 only because no one has told them otherwise. The conventional wisdom (in broad brush strokes) has it that Perl 6 will never get here and they haven't seen any reason to believe otherwise.
My goal is to air out the wrong-headedness and FUD a little bit to hopefully better educate people on what Perl 6 is and what Perl 6 isn't. And that Perl 6 is not the end of Perl.