Firstly, let me apologize for “roughness”. Often my mouth (or typing) races away with “that seems obvious to me, why don’t others get it?” despite better judgement. It’s a personal failing, and it’s best if I back off and chill out for a bit. So, I’m sorry about that.
Anyway, probably better I respond by doing rather than criticising, so my answer to “what would an alternative look like” is kipi. kipi handles the main functions, ideally there would be a GUI and a proper integration with KiCad, I might look into the GUI side.
I guess the main difference is that kipi runs outside of KiCad, otherwise I think it does most of what “lord of the plugins” does. For no particular reason I used yaml, but I quite like it’s simplicity.