The Perl community is in a shambles due to disputes concerning its (nonexistent) Code of Conduct, its (inconsistent) enforcement of community standards, and an inability to agree on what constitutes toxicity or a proper response to it.
At least five extremely senior Perl community members have resigned from their positions and/or withdrew from working on Perl itself so far in 2021:
- Community Affairs Team (CAT) chair Samantha McVey
- The Perl Foundation (TPF) Board of Directors member Curtis Poe (author of Beginning Perl and Perl Hacks)
- TPF Grant Committee member Elizabeth Mattijsen
- TPF Perl Steering Committee member, key Perl Core developer, and former pumpking Sawyer X
- Perl developer and SUSE engineer Sebastian Riedel
It’s difficult to impossible to pin down the current infighting to a single core incident. With that said, the rash of resignations revolves entirely around problems with unprofessional conduct—and in most cases, a focus on interminable yak-shaving that does little or nothing to address the actual problems at hand.