I would appreciate more frank admissions like this from the Perl6 folk.
It was one false start after another for many years. Then when Rakudo Star was first released, I guess it must have been a couple of years ago now, they made it sound like it was far more usable than it actually was.
I didn't expect it to be perfect by any means, but I thought it'd at least by usable for some simple scripting tasks and some basic text processing. It wasn't usable for these, unfortunately. It was one problem after another, and I remember the performance being absolutely terrible.
I've tried it a few times since then, and the situation has only improved mildly. After these experiences, I've lost interest in it. I don't see any point in trying it again, only to be disappointed once more.