EIO was already a great mod before the Rise of the Lemming. It only got the recognition it deserved now due to people needing a pipe/duct replacement and TE didn't managed to get the ducts out in time due to RL.
Agreed. EIO is a solid mod. It's not for me personally due to my thoughts on design and balance, but it's unquestionably well coded. It does the same basic algorithm after all, and has a ton of identical features. So it'd be hard to say I really dislike it due to it being a copy in so many ways. I just don't care for the look and I think it's a bit boring.
RF is still dominating the scene, independently from TE
That's true, although RF being ubiquitous isn't quite as harmful in the same way that TE being omnipresent was to the community. There are a lot of good mod authors and a lot of good mods out there. I have no desire to be seen as part of the "old guard" that wants to shut the new guys down. The reason we make mods the way we do is so that people can utilize Lib and Core, and build great things on top of them.
It's a sandbox and we all share it. I'm quite happy sharing the buckets necessary to make awesome sandcastles rather than being ego-driven to the point of wanting my sandcastle to be the only one.
In most cases, yes.