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It's a Catch-22 requirement. The rule is to help people who are unaware of the problem it is intended to solve. As soon as you are aware of the problem, you don't need the rule. As soon as you know the rule, you are aware of the problem so are unlikely to fall foul of it.
Trust me, there's nothing wrong with dropping the source file into the notepad/vi and being able to tell right away whether some variables are member variables or local variables (thanks to conventions) without having to search the whole directory structure for its declaration. Especially if the project is > 1 million lines. Or looking at the equivalent of the namespace diarrhea where your fingers gets tired of searching here and there and comparing trying to put it all together in your head.
I lived in a socialist society and thats my feeling about. Owning means of production is not really essential in socialism, because there arent any profits from it. It brings only responsibilities to maintenance it.
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Greetings from Germany
I have my own style and coding guidlines, but the determining factor of what I do at work is based on
a) Does the company have coding/style guidelines?
b) If a is false, I use the style/coding practices of the file I'm editing, and
c) try to use the same coding/style as other files in the project in new files i create.
Other than that, I try to only have one return point in a method, I declare and ini5t vars at the top of methods or scoped control blocks, try never to use "var" as a variable's type. keep methods within the scope that the method name infers, and I put class components in the order fields, properties, constructors, destructors, and then methods. Ialso put intellisense comments on every method and property. I'm also not shy at all about writinmg copious comments.
There are other things, but you get the idea.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013