#perl is actually about Perl , some of the time. It is not a help desk; you can't run in with a question, display total ignorance of the issues, and still expect to have your problem solved; but on average, the regulars are helpful and patient; what is more, they may discuss Perl among themselves. This owes much to the fact that a source of easy answers to easy questions is only a few keystrokes away: purl.

PS there is now an officiously sanctionized Perl help channel: #perl-help.

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