I used to be like you, not liking inline pod, but now I feel its the way to go (tastes change)
Funny... my taste changed in the opposite direction.
My taste changed a couple of times in both directions :)
Related observation: programmers who don't use editors which do POD highlighting hate inline POD as it mixes with source code. If you have decent editor like emacs it is less a problem as it clearly visually separates code from documentation.
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