"Is it your argument that consistent coding style is bad? That argument has been settled long ago with the creation of Documentation/CodingStyle. All kernel code is supposed to follow that style, unless the resulting line of code looks clearly _wrong_. Your arguments seem to center around ''hey, my way it looks similarly good so i'll do that instead because i'm the maintainer'' - and that argument does not fly. CodingStyle is definitely not gospel and common sense should be applied, but _arbitrarily_ and _intentionally_ deviating from it is considered bad manners and hurts Linux as a whole."