"The DarkPAN is too big and scary to change Perl 5's defaults all even by the time of Perl 5.14" -- chromatic
DarkPAN was discussed quite a bit at YAPC::NA. But really, what is it? How is it defined? Who are these people that have a vested interested in Perl and yet do not participate? I think attempting to appease a faceless entity with no defined boundaries has fail written all over it. It is fear mongering.
If we break it, they can choose not to upgrade. What about bug fixes?, I hear you say. That is the joy of open source. There are lots of unemployed hackers out there that would be willing to backport those fixes for you. Oh heavens forbid! Actually paying open source hackers to write code! The sky is falling!
We need to stop this meme of DarkPAN. Perl does not belong to DarkPAN. It belongs to us who participate in its wellbeing. And if the amorphous corporate overlords are angered by our changes, then they need to get involved and list their grievances, just like Joe OpenSource Hacker.
But until we hear /anything/ from this unholy DarkPAN, I say we make the decisions best for our language of choice. I once had a professor that was fond of saying "Silence is tacit consent." And in this case, I would say that is extremely apropos of Perl stewardship.