in reply to Chatterbox - should I post/message?
You should definitely avoid writing in the CB.
The chatterbox is reserved for deep discussions about heavy Perl topics by learned scholars, and you're just going to embarass yourself if you speak up (well, type up). Seriously, if you aren't a member of the Perl Cabal I wouldn't even consider announcing your presence.
As you have figured out by now, the average monk here is meaner than a junkyard dog, and can't wait to rip you to shreds. If you think we're bad when we reply to questions, you should just see what happens when you pipe up with an unrelated comment or question in the CB. It's even written up in the Chatterbox FAQ: "Don't post here unless it's on topic and you really, really mean it."
Did you know your tongue will hurt if you keep it in your cheek for very long?