The one thing you must know about the perl.beginners list
Peter Scott recently emailed the regular reminder to people that the perl.beginners list was created to be a completely flame-free environment.
This means that if someone has posted a completely RTFM question, you can point them to the answer, but that F had better be fracking silent.
See what I did there? I used an "F" word. Why? This is my fracking blog. If you don't like my "F" word, too bad. It's my fracking blog. Not yours. Mine.
Similarly, the perl.beginners mailing list is probably not yours. While some of the people responding to Peter Scott's email had perfectly valid reasons why being overly gentle isn't always a good thing, the overriding point is simple: the blog was created to be a flame-free environment. If you object to that, that's OK. However, you're probably not the list creator and thus, you don't get to make the rules.
If you don't like the rules, that's OK. If you can't play by the rules, it's not. I thought people were taught this when they were five years old, but obviously I was wrong.