I don't know what specifics to put in to googlefu the answer for this one; (I've been trying reddit / nexus as well) If you were to list the modding process into a number of steps, for example,
Step 1 Install skyrim
Step 2 Install MO
Step 3 Install mods
etc; How would you list said steps for the modding process? So far I'm seeing it as (May be wrong, and I'm only entirely using the STEP guide + gamerpoets for reference)
After steam, skyrim and pre-req's including MO are dealt with:
1) Install mods.
2) follow mod specific instructions for said mods (If they require FNIS to be ran etc).
3) after all mods are installed, Merge patch.
4) DSR reproccer patches.
5)Final step FNIS.
Is merging via xEdit (TES5Edit) a requirement? I've been having a ton of issues over a long span of time trying to mod my game and make it playable. At this point I just want to figure out what I'm doing wrong, and if somehow I'm botching the order of operations.