The this/self change has not been "forced", at least in the latest beta build. Whether Blizzard will eventually move along with it, remains to be seen. The default UI has been rewritten for sure, some arguments have been shuffled around, since new ones may have been thrown in the mix, but that mostly affects hooks and should be trivial to "fix". Other than that, the changes are pretty straightforward except maybe the new secure templates and hmm interface options ? In all honesty, we've seen way more "apocalyptic" patches (see combat log revamping and whatnot).
Tristanian- When I came here ( I don't know why others came), I knew everything here was basically being evolved and tweaked and not in so called finished states. I like the idea of taking that mod and trying to actually break it....and report back with my findings so the author may see how his/her mod worked with other mods...but I knew that the mods were not really in a 'released' state..nor did I expect them to review my findings.Never would i rant/rave about someone else's creation ...and if they chose to evolve it to something else..GREAT! , but if I didn't find a need for it I'd just stop using it.
I really wish people would learn not to stereotype or charactirize people,not everyone is the same.
Well, Tekkeb may or may not feel that way against all...I may never know..
Then you shouldn't feel insulted in any way, neither you or HunterZ or anyone else that has actually contributed something no matter how small even in the form of feedback or a suggestion. But really 2 users, 3 users, 100 users, 100,000 users is really a drop in the ocean, considering how many have been "abusing" (for a lack of a better term and yes I also don't direct this personally to anyone) WoWAce because of the existence of WAU that made things p*ss easy. The rest of what I'd say has already been mentioned.
I take insult to those kind of comments, I am a user of the mods...and no I don't contribute money! I'm a disabled war vet living on a fixed income feeding 3 kids. I feel like I play my part in the scheme of things, I attempt to find bugs/errors and report back to help fix the problems. And if there is nothing , I leave praise on for the author and rate them...but for you to say that basically the users are pieces of sh** really bothers me! If I had the I.Q. I too would make mods...but after a tour of duty it scrambled some things so I cannot retain memory very well.
I have always held the authors in high respect for their capabilities, but for comments like that I wonder...
Imo, you are taking tek's comment way too personally. If you think about it though, on principle he is simply...right. The moment WoWAce started providing some means of distributing addons, users started flocking and I can assure you, the vast majority of them had no interest whatsoever to participate in discussions or contribute anything of value. People were just happy to find a new place where they could obtain quality addons with minimal effort. They couldn't care less about the authors and in fact the only time they would conveniently remember their name, was when a specific addon broke or did something that was otherwise not intended. There were even instances where certain people were plain insulting (a certain case of a popular tooltip addon that was rewritten comes to mind and people going nuts about how person X ruined THEIR addon - lol) to the authors and actually under the impression they were in a position to bargain or even demand new features (newsflash : they weren't and they aren't !)
Obviously there were/are exceptions to this rule. Fact remains, that since no (proper) control mechanism was ever implemented to stop this (though I believe at the time a lot of things were suggested), things eventually evolved to the way they are today, with WoWAce been regarded by many as actually a release site. I guess you could say that the original community simply fell victim to its own success. That being said, I don't think you can blame several authors for taking a rather 'aggresive' stance against users.
As for what would happen if no one was using mods, in all honesty, I don't believe authors would lose much sleep over it (unless there are a lot that code purely for their users, at which case they are probably better off getting a 2nd job or something). Think about it for a second. What is the motivation behind writing an addon ? Is it money ? *laughter* Is it glory and recognition perhaps ? Maybe, for some, but those things come and go very quickly. At the end of the day, I believe that most authors do it either out of a hobby or because they really need something that works and solves their particular problem and although what I'm about to say may rub some people the wrong way, the fact that they choose to share their work with others should really be considered as a 'bonus' and not an 'obligation' in any way.