This guy was infuriating. It would not surprise me if he had a wind-up key sticking out of his back.
I'm a bit obsessive-compulsive about illegible code, which is about 99% of it. It takes no extra time but mine is neatly aligned vertically. Once we were on a call and looking at something I had written and this creep started removing the "extra" whitespace to make it cluttered and jagged like his.
That's like coming up to someone in a tavern and shoving him in the chest with both hands. You don't do that. I told him to leave it alone.
I will never understand how people can look at legibility and find it offensive, it reminds me of those surgeons before Lister who thought washing their hands between surgeries was effete.
It really bugs me that I can point out something as plainly wrong as my status code example and managers see it exclusively in terms of "taking sides" and "getting along." But this guy not only did the shoddiest work he could get away with, he was adamant about it.
If he'd used "consistency" as an excuse I probably would have blown up. But then, I worked ten years at Microsoft.
Re: your profile. I like writing too. I've done a lot of technical writing as a programmer, everything from user manuals to regulatory submissions to the FDA. Software has gone really sour for me, with the agile and scrum horseshit and I'm now on Social Security which here in Vietnam is a penthouse income. I actually have had technical writer as a job title sometimes now, because the work is a lot easier to get and I don't have to work on "teams."
But, Jesus, this guy's voice. I actually said "Ow!" several times when he talked.
Don't be too hardon the guy about the ports. Barriers to entry in computing have been lowered too far and nobody knows anything anymore. Just click.