Actually they argued that you have to mix TABs and spaces to align things. But that's pure BS.
The thing they were mad about was the suggestion that one can spare the curly braces for obvious things like one line statement ( esp. return, continue, break )
Thanks for good words.
Benny!: Yep, nice company, and the turnover is not that big. My team, the Web Applications team, is ~2.5yo and AFAIK noone left. Only one part-time employee didn't get re-employed and joined another team.
As for them following the guidelines, well, I'm not delusionnal. They'll follow religiously those they like ( such as the general naming conventions ), a bit reluctantly some they like less ( naming conventions for abbreviations and the order of the conditions ( place the constant on the left ) ), and pretend for a couple of months that they'll follow the others next week. :p
Shockwave: I'm not that a "phone" person. Phone is only efficient for a 1 to 1 discussion but as soon as there is more people involved or that it gets technical ( copy paste some code snippets, ask advises, give links, refer to bug reports, ... ) IM and/or email communications is a required.