You've got a good point, cfj-II. But another path to mastery: start from the top of the seekers of perl wisdom section of newest nodes, and go down to the bottom. Answer those that you can answer off the top of your head. Research those that you've got a clue on. And come back, and keep reading those that you have no clue on until somebody else answers. Do likewise on the CB.
Eventualy, you'll find that questions tend to move into earlier catagories.
And never be afraid to guess -- just make sure people know you're guessing. People didn't always know I was guessing, so I added the disclaimer below.
Oh, and I'm just tickled pink to be included on your list of people who made a difference around here, but I really havn't so much. I try to answer people on the CB, even if I don't really know what I'm talking about. I try to fix things that I see as broken, when I can -- normaly, I can't. I don't understand Everything, and I've submitted a lot of bad code to pmdev. Fortuneatly, tye has caught most of it.
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