I don't think the correlation between good software and adherence to a style guide is as strong as you suggest. In fact, I think an bit of defiance is a healthy reality check. I know several developers who produce excellent code, yet insist that commas belong at the beginning of the next line rather than the end of the first line, like so:
Whether I like that or not, who am I to quibble with it? If it helps great developers who care deeply about their craft, bring it on.