Since the 'accepted wisdom' of cleaning the Skyrim SE DLC .esms + Update.esm has moved back to not cleaning them, should the guide be updated to reflect this?
I had a look for any previous discussion about this but I couldn't find anything.
At the moment, most modding guides still recommend cleaning them although very few state why.
By contrast many mod authors either don't see any benefit in cleaning them or recommend not cleaning them, including those at the pointier end of providing support.
This isn't a thread for discussing the technical issues of cleaning the .esms, rather to address the following:
1. Whether STEP should still recommend cleaning the .esms
2. Whether it should be discretionary
3. If certain components of the guide rely on the .esms being cleaned then of course that answers both questions above. But if that is the case, and we agree that cleaning them is unnecessary, then perhaps future versions of the guide could be reconfigured based on this.
I've cleaned the esms both times I've done a STEP install and I never experienced a problem. However, I didn't have a lot of mods installed on top of STEP. Some people do experience problems as a result of cleaning them.
Related note, just FYI: the 'accepted wisdom' also applies to the other Bethesda games' DLC, with the exception of TES IV: Oblivion as those are .esps