When you see posts like the one about the inside fireplace with metal vent spewing creosote, it makes you appreciate the code. And wonder what the guy is burning? There are some times when you get a guy that likes to fight more than think on both sides, but most of the inspectors are pretty reasonable IF YOU HAVE DONE THE WORK RIGHT.
One issue that does need to be resolved in the code is a better way to have hardwood lumber graded for structural use in a building. The softwood mills have the inspection process and insurance for this made into a monopoly, it seems, but there are a bunch of small mills sawing hardwoods for theirown and their customers use in buildings and other places. If you want to start a war, just tell some of these individuals that they can't build their building on their propery with their wood. And they are usually building much over the strength level that the code requires but the code doesn't cover hardwood construction standards. Just a point that I thought might interest you.