Haha! Yeah a bit off topic for sure but very interesting just the same.
What your talking about is kind of how Maya works. The issue is that the nodes aren’t arranged in any sensible way that you can go back and change things in an intuitive way.
You know, I think what your talking about makes a lot of sense and I think you should write something up and post it on right click select. Just as a reference point for future dev discussions.