I was right, Paludis does not display summary information about conf files needing to be updated if the install fails. I have this bad feeling that me not realizing that till it was to late is what is now causing all of my econf errors. I just find it awfully strange that every major set of packages I try to install (Gnome, Xfce) all fail with econf.
According to the ticket though this should be fixed by 0.26. Thank goodness!
Also, I was chatting on IRC today. It looks like custom output formats and custom color schemes are waiting on a good patch. I think you should submit those by the end of December at the latest. Thank you.
Enjoy the Penguins!