Thank you for your explanation of the rating Kevin.
The reason that cookie-cat uses oik is to take advantage of the lazy smart shortcode technology that oik provides.
The next version of oik, version 1.17 which is currently in alpha test, takes the first step in reducing the number of plugins you need. If activated the child plugins will relocate themselves and become separate plugins in their own right... which you can then delete.
At some unspecified time in the future oik version 2.0 will only contain the base code that is needed to support the other plugins. The additional plugins will no longer be delivered as part of oik.
I'm not quite sure what you're getting at with regards to clogging up site databases.
If you're really concerned then you may want to try the following.
- Visit oik options > Shortcode help
- Choose the cookies shortcode
- Find the cookies - snippet section
- Copy the generated HTML
- Paste it into your page to replace the [cookies] shortcode
You can then deactivate cookie-cat and, if you really have no need for any of the oik shortcodes, you can deactivate oik as well.
If you have found a use for some of the oik shortcodes, and would like to try oik version 1.17 before I release it to the general public then please let me know.