"Look at anyone who is extremely nimble with the kernel, and ask them what they worked on to get going with development. Did Andrew Morton fixup whitespace errors when he was starting to become familiar with the tree? Did I? No, none of us did this stuff. We read over the code and learned how it worked, did a port, optimized a lookup algorithm somewhere. Consistently we see people turding with whitespace, and not breaking out of that cycle. That is a problem."