I have been quiet on this matter, but i have to pipe in and say that replacing [ .. ] with
[[ .. ]] is a SPLENDID idea and you hit the nail on the head why it is a
better fit for this site. (typing [ is a royal PITA!)
There seems to be two major problems (barring having all pages be W3C compliant (X)HTML)
- newcomers not knowing how to format code sections
- folks using "unescaped" [ .. ] sequences, inadvertently producing potential Google
hits to their array indices.
I think that getting newcomers to use code tags will always be a problem ... but switching
[ .. ] to [[ .. ]] should completely alleviate the need for "inline" code tags,
such as $this->[$example]
As for using POD ... newbies have a hard enough with programming, let alone Perl.
Offer them POD and watch them run screaming ... maybe not a bad idea after all ...
My stock answer for posting with POD is pod2html | perl -pe 'custom filters here' | tidy which has served me quite well for several of my larger, premeditated posts.