The 'problem' of mistaking a superblock in some image you have somewhere for the start of a new fs is *exactly what you asked it to do*, so those who complained so loudly about it really have nobody to blame but themselves.
Yup. They did one mistake, but that mistake was grave: they assumed they can trust reiserfs. I've seen few cases where tiny nimber of badblocks killed reiserfs completely: nothing except this "cobble it together if you can" option worked and "cobbled together" filesystem was a mess (because there were some virtual images on that filesystem). Note: this exactly type of corruption SSD shows in real world. If reiserfs's "gentle" fsck does not work and if "last resort" approach is unusable then the only solution is to switch to other filesystem...
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