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it was better all-in-all to write a better mod from scratch, one free of legacy code and based on extensibility and hackability
In all fairness, every author starts out by thinking their project is going to be an improvement on something else. We don't think "I'm going to go out there, and write me a lame-ass piece of second-rate crap that's worse than some other stuff"
If we don't believe that it's going to better* then we usually don't bother. All authors have a certain necessary amount of ego.
* Choose your own definition of "better" to include more applicable, written in a more desired style, and half a hundred other options...