That is very little. Only a few years ago, I seem to recall that there were, on average, 300 posts per day. That's 10 times as much as this past weekend.
What's going on? Is my news server missing that many posts? I don't think so, it's behaving pretty well lately.
Some people suggested that this might have been a "special weekend". Perhaps. Since this morning, roughly 50 new posts have arrived, over about 12 hours. That's clearly a higher rate than in the last few days, but still a lot less than in the olden days.
It's not spam that killed it, there's barely any spam in comp.lang.perl.misc. A traditional complaint is that the regulars are too harsh on newbies. Perhaps they are heck, I've complained about it myself, in the past while being a regular myself, so it wasn't harshness against me
I don't know. I feel it's still some other cause, something I've overlooked here.