I didn't get the 'reference'. Sorry, that email went over my head.
So are you referring this as conflicting with your 'hardcore production worthy platform' goal?
First its not 'my' goal. Check out the notes from recent HBase PMC meeting: http://blogs.apache.org/hbase/.
That said, I thought it a different kinda 'researchy' that was being referred to. I like the 'research' you fellas are at.
(Pardon me. I did not read the name on the issue before responding. All I saw was the short description asking for an 'odd', little-substantiated behavior and I asked a question. Even on your comeback, I failed to check the whom and was innocently reacting to what I thought was a request that hbase become a dumping ground for plugins and research)