because IMO that's not more elegant.

I think guard clauses should live in the if statement that has nothing to do with the rest of the code. I think it is easier to read.

But I believe there is no absolute "elegance". Programming is just like art, different people perceive a piece differently.

Mm, Jason's version looks more readable to me. It's laid out a little more like you would if you were matching patterns in Haskell or something.

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