I've really enjoyed watching use Perl;'s popularity rise since I discovered it. (I guess around a year and a half ago.) I've recently noticed a milestone that I think indicates we've started to hit critical mass: twice this week when I've metamoderated, I've had 10 moderations to metamod. It used to be one or two, and often none.
Congratulations, pudge. And thanks.
I remember not long ago when pudge asked, "What else should we do to make this site useful?" Around that time I think journal use just really took off. On slashdot, moderating comments in journals just seems stupid (not that there's a problem with the concept or the code; it's just that most slashdotters don't have anything to say in their journals that I want to read and discuss). Here I think it helped build community and keep us coming back. Even if some of you guys wandered off into politics and other things.
Right now, use Perl; is my biggest participation the Perl community. I haven't been to any conferences, and p5p and the p6 lists are just two much for me to stay subscribed to. But here I enjoy the feeling that if I have some little insight I can post it and share it with everyone, and get feedback to see if I'm off base or not. (To that end, I'd love to have people comment on this.)
So, thanks again, pudge, and I look forward to seeing the advance of this site and the code that runs it.