"Conversion Mod" = A mod that is intended to serve as a bridge for functionality between 2 mods.
Recently, (today I think) a user posted a new mod in the 'Pending Addons' section aimed at conversion between the RP2 and IC2 energy systems. Almost immediately Eloraam jumped on it and requested it be taken down as it was released without her permission and because it 'interferes' with her future plans for the 'technology'. Alblaka complied by removing the download link and locking the thread. Both of Alblaka's actions perfectly understandable, given his position.
My goal with this post is to show that while Eloraam's reason's are understandable concerns, their validity is questionable.
1) - Her permission; Is kind of in violation with the ideals of the game. It's a fact that modding is a very large part of Minecraft (look around, we're talking about a mod for mods here). The ability to 'make it your game', the ability to throw a few mods in to facilitate playing the game the way *you* want to play it. ie: 'I'm tired of mining for resources' > Install BuildCraft > Build Quarry. Viola! My game. My way.
What if her reasoning here was applied to Minecraft as a whole? What if Mojang got into the game of approving 'official' addons? All others disallowed?
2) - Her future plans; Future plans are fine... for the future. But in the here and now, what's the harm? In the here and now, the ability to 'tap' into a mod with a better developed energy system (IC2's) to supplement the technology of a mod with a less developed energy system (RP2's current system) would be very nice.
Players are dreaming up and building things every day, to make that wait somewhere on a plate that is as full as Eloraams seem's foolish when there is a solution here, now. Furthermore, Eloraam's future plans can make this sub-mod obsolete when those plans become 'New Features'. Who want's to install an additional sub-mod to do something that's contained in the mod?
3) - quote;eloraam "In fact, I've specifically disallowed any energy-conversion mod for Blutricity. I have my own plans in mind for that."
Oh really now? What if, I dunno.... say, Alblaka denies permission to convert into IC2 compatible EU's? Not saying he would, but what if....? Alblaka would in essence be doing the same thing to Eloraam as she is doing to immibis (maker of the RP<>IC2 converter).
4) - Closing; In short, I don't feel as though Eloraam is playing fair. She will 'borrow' ideas for her own mod, but has a strict 'Hand's-Off' policy for others looking to work with her mod. I know that Eloraam is likely the best modder going right now, but she needs to not be quite so... hypocritical, I guess. She makes her own 'tube' system. Her own 'energy' system. Yet she shuts down any attempt to ease compatibility between similar, 'competing' mods. It wouldn't surprise me at all if her 'future plans' for Blutric conversion were somehow one-way only as well.
5) - End Rant; (The irony of this happening a day after the SOPA\PIPA protest is not totally lost on me.)
edit: As an afterthought- How many BC<>IC2 converters are there? 3? Each doing it a slightly different way?
...let the mod's exist, let the users decide what (and which) to install. /edit.