What ever happened to making mining databases. I know it shows the old cartographer_mining abandoned. Cart so far as I can see in use is beter than any other type of system I tried to use it was intuitive and options were easy to change. I tried the gatherer tools but couldn't even figure out how to use it not to mention it has a very limited usability.
Sorry to insult those that worked the gatherer project it isn't intended but maybe you could make an idiots guide to using it. All I got was a blank window that didn't help me much. Also maybe you could add in an interface with quest helper like carto has where you open the quest log and can click on what it is you need to do ... then a note on the map opens with a waypoint to get to it.
I guess basically if an add on takes more effort than the game does I like to call it a fail.
xlander, if you dont like an addon dont use it. Most addons start due to needs of the author. If you dont like how an addon works or cant find what your looking for, I would suggest you pick up programing in lua and make your own.