It was good to see that "Re: Convert Text to HTML Checkbox (POD)" link. I'd been wondering if there was a "if you don't know how to format your messages, you don't belong here" attitude.
As for flaming at newbies, I just gave someone a -- yesterday (yes, even I vote occationally) for being too hard on someone for asking a question without doing more research, but I don't know if the questioner was a newbie.
I agree about not reinventing the wheel in many situations, and in general, I don't really have a complaint about people reinforcing that with regard to modules. I pointed out that I used a regex HTML parser because it was kind of consistant with the tone of my post and it was a bit ironic. But I don't think it's a good idea to avoid parsing HTML with regexes at all costs. In some cases, using a module is overkill, and a regex HTML parser isn't always difficult to write (I'm not talking about anything close to a browser though). Also, I'd fear distribution of some less popular modules being discontinued, and me having to figure out how they work so I could maintain them, if I relyed on them.
I wish I knew how to look up the record for the lowest and highest reputation.