Hey @davemasino, thanks so much for this thoughtful feedback.
Regarding <> vs !=, I didn’t realize the former was a ANSI SQL-92 standard. TIL. I probably won’t update change the guide it simply because I don’t think it really matters one way or the other, and I just prefer <> is all.
I hear you on grouping by numbers too. I go back and forth on it, as the commit history of the guide would show for anyone who ever checks it out :). Might wind up going back to “numbers are fine” in time, we shall see.
Regarding commas at the beginning, it just looks bad to me. Obviously that’s just a personal preference though. The main argument for having them at the beginning is that it makes diffs cleaner, but that’s doesn’t outweigh the ugliness of it IMO.
Copy on elaborating on the “bad” conventions when I have more than just a personal preference for it.
If you think of anything else that would be worth adding or changing I’d love to chat about it more.