Unfortunately in 2000 the Perl developers lost touch with the real world and started to develop the perfect scripting language, Perl 6. They're still at it, apparently. Meanwhile Perl 5 has become hopelessly outdated. It lacks elegant OO and a good web framework, to name only a few downsides.
Since 2000, the Perl developers have also developed (to my knowledge) the most advanced and comprehensive language testing ecosystem in the world.
Oh, and (also to my knowledge) the largest collection of reusable and redistributable software components in existence (though admittedly, it's only grown tremendously a few times over since 2000, having begun a few years before).
That's not to mention a few other interesting pieces of technology, such as Moose, lexically overridable grammars, roles, metaoperators, parametrized roles, and did I mention you can use all of them in working software today?
Its syntax is so compact (there is some truth in the joke that every randomly typed string of characters is a valid Perl program) that maintainability suffers.
Oh. Oh, snap. This one's clearly done serious research.