I think part of the issue is people forget what is practical for SMP vs SSP
What ever the balance between A and B is valid if we all had cray super computers to run minecraft servers on.
What is cool is versus what actually works is a big difference.
Its like the upgraded solar panel argument, condense is the better word for it.
Not to mention that Recyclers + Cobble Gen + Mass Fab = Exploit
People are forced to make this crap because they feel the need to compete with either their ego or everyone else on the server.
Everyone knows how to make a infinite cobble gen
Everyone knows that you can turn anything into scrap randomly with more power
Everyone knows that you can make a Mass Fab go faster with scrap
Seriously why can't IC2 just get rid of the recycler and make a Normal Mass Fab like we have no with no scrap slot and a ADV version that operates at the rate of a Mass Fab with scrap but with the power requirements of mass fab plus a recycler. Then we wont have all the cobble jerks on all the servers slowing things down.
If server owners really want to help prevent that "race" the config has a very simple sulotion
simply add cobble stone to the list and a cobble gen is useless (though adding moonstone and/or sand) might be needed as well) the only down side of this is that it does make so one of the god things about the recycle goes away; where to throw your spare useless stuff