Over on the Perl 5 Porters mailing list, I asked for people's opinions regarding a proposed patch to the OO docs. Specifically, I wanted to simplify them by removing the ref ($proto) || $proto lines in the constructors (and the text references to such). If someone doing OO work finds that they really need this construct, it's trivial to figure it out. As it stands, new programmers get confused -- and flamed -- for this all the time because they add it needlessly.
Given the huge amount of debate over this topic, I expected to open a can of flaming worms. Surprisingly, there's been little debate. I'm rather stunned.