if we assume that somebody uses this formatting to suffix conditionals
I do, pretty much all the time! The ability to span a statement over multiple lines without jumping through backslash hoops is one of the things that makes Perl so attractive. I also think it makes code much easier to read rather than having excessively long lines that involve either horizontal scrolling or line wrapping. As to your comment regarding excessive length identifiers, I come from a Fortran IV background where we had a maximum of 8 characters for identifiers (ICL 1900 Fortran compiler) so I'm all for long, descriptive and unambiguous identifiers that aid those who come after in understanding my code.