The comments mostly had nothing to do with Perl, but instead focused on zealots of other languages touting that Perl is dead and we should move on to (python|ruby|php|bash). Apparently those posters weren't aware that Slashdot is built in Perl.
But I guess what says the most is that every serious Perl programmer I have met or interacted with has had an above average maturity level and intelligence. There was an article in the Perl Review a couple issues ago about how (not) to be a perl advocate. To quote:
"Another language doesn't have to suck for Perl to be good"
If only those avid commenters on Slashdot had read that and thought about their language of choice in that light...