Quote from elenar77
A) This isn't a Metallurgy question.
B ) Shiny Dust is intentionally analogous to Platinum dust, at least as far as I can tell.
Yes it is. It's a question involving this mod, Thermal Expansion, and the Forge Ore Dictionary. One mod's material is allowed for use in a second mod's machine, and the result is another material from that second mod. This is after it was already established that the only reason TE Pulverizers will process BARS of Metallurgy copper and tin and such is because Thermal Expansion recognized those materials as equivalent to Ore Dictionary entries. And even then, Metallurgy bars get pulverized into TE dusts.
Here, we have a dust from TE that has NO corresponding ore (there is no "shiny ore" that "shiny dust" is made from). Shiny dust is a by-product of other operations, and Shiny Ingots are made from Shiny Dust.
Except for those 2 instances. Induction Smelter + PLATINUM ORE is giving Shiny Dust. And Platinum BARS in a pulverizer are yielding Shiny Dust, making it one of the ONLY Metallurgy bars that can actually be pulverized. And the result is a material from another mod. And that resulting material is being equated with Metallurgy Platinum for any recipes that would involve Platinum.
Therefore, this behavior is "working as intended" on the side of one mod or the other, it's caused specifically by some sort of conflict, or it's some random freak thing happening as a result of using both mods.
It's funny that you said "this is not a Metallurgy question", because the not-modder folks on the Thermal Expansion side of things say it's not a Thermal Expansion question. According to people who use Thermal Expansion, Shiny Dusts and Shiny Ingots are "worthless, and have no use yet". And yet somewhere in there, in my game at least (though people I've talked to from the TE thread are having the same results), these ingots are being equated with Platinum.
"As far as you can tell", they're "intentionally analogous"? Well, as far as these other people can tell, one of these materials is supposed to have no use at all yet, never mind be intentionally equivalent to another mod's material.
So I'll wait for an answer from someone who has solid knowledge of the way things are actually supposed to be working. Not just speculation.