So you would rather someone else go through hoops instead, eh? I call that false lazyness.
One time only. After that, the machine goes through hoops for us. I'd add the feature myself if I could because IMHO this is the single most important feature missing here.
some of us don't even need syntax highlighting
Those who don't need it can still benefit from it. Those who don't want it aren't hurt in any way except a little bandwidth. This feature only adds something to the site. Code to implement it is freely available. I just hope someone will spend a few minutes to implement it.