But the mods from the "conservative" sticky are godlike.
No they aren't, they are just one forum poster's idea. Also, they are anything *but* "conservative".
Not just one forum post, they are the most widely-used mods with many, many fans. And they are conservative as they keep the flavour of the original game.
A non-conservative mod would be, and this is a real one, a mod that gives the PC a dragon-form ability. That's not conservative.
Changing the resolution for modern graphics, fixing spelling and grammatical errors; the Unfinished Business, Mini Quests, Herbs & Potions (plus Thalantyr item upgrade); they are all *DEEPLY* conservative - to the point a new player wouldn't IN THE LEAST notice them as being distinct or different from the main game.
And the big one, the Tweak pack, is bit-by-bit optional, but fantastic. Bigger stacks, higher levels, fixing the 2-handed attack animations, all brilliant and viable.
There are some tweaks I wouldn't use - they make the game too easy - but they're optional.