but if a subclass, either by you
The problem is the maintainers changes should be a subclass of the original module (or a completely different module). And you cannot de-subclass a class. That is, I cannot produce a module that is a subclass of the modified module that removes the added functionality and overhead.
So the only option for me is to re-release the original code under a new name. Which, besides any other problems with picking a namespace is a pain because the original name and functionality where perfectly matched.
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