I believe it’s akin to dogs’ territorial marking, and I am certain that some quite deliberately make their code as bizarre as they can manage.

We spend more time reading code than all other activities combined but most of it is painfully illegible. The only white space is in bizarre places, there is no vertical alignment, variable names have letters inexplicably omitted if they make any sense in the first place.

And all entreaties to write legibly are dismissed with some horseshit about subjectivity.

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