How come you let wyre bash merge whatever plugins that it prompts and everyone else and their mother say not to do it? What's your take on it?
I always skipped that part but I let it it'll save me some 11 esp slots
Most mods are perfectly safe to allow it to "bash" together. They often have nothing to do with each other and contain simple record edits which can achieved by anyone with a little bit of knowledge. Those that don't like WB to merge mods in the Bashed Patch are simply control freaks, in my experience. If you're just wanting to install some mods and play the game, then there's nothing wrong with allowing it to merge the mods it wants to merge. If you're wanting to control every grain of information about your install, then don't...I don't really consider these people as average users who just want to play the game, though. These people tend to do more tweaking than playing and often become mod authors along the way.
Though with that said, WB does not always get it right and it's an antiquated feature. So users doing detailed setups should make sure the Bashed Patched isn't overwriting wanted changes. If it does, this can often be fixed by adding proper tags to specific mods. All-in-all, Merged Plugins is a better way of handling merging of mods, but it's not "automated" to "know" which mods to easily merge together. You have to tell it what you're wanting to do. Bashed Patch is good at merging leveled list though, so if you don't allow it to merge mods, you should at least let it handle the lists.