The syntax is explained at http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax. It's just another "wiki-like" markup language.

In reply to Re^2: Markdown syntax useful to the Monestary? by itub
in thread Markdown syntax useful to the Monastery? by radiantmatrix

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Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":