Kaelten, I totally agree with you in that authors have the right to control the distribution / re-distribution / use / etc. of their work. As I said in that post
Actually, I really don't understand some ppl's attitude that is like "it is free, so I am free to do anything I want with it." Well, you are not. The author has put a hard work in that mod or graphic or anything else, and he is giving you right to download and use it, but you must respect his rights. Take it or leave it. Simply as 1x1.
And because it is publicly available and you don't need to pay for it, the least you can do is to respect these rights!
(On the other hand, sometimes the atmosphere really starts to be hostile and abusive on the forums when these questions are discussed, which is sad.)
The hostility comes about largely due to people feeling they're entitled to do what they want with an addon no matter what. That and during patch week everyone's tension runs high.
On another hand, Not only do I choose to side with the authors on this issue of whether they can opt-out of packs, I also will do so despite of what their license states.
but surely that is not bound by law without a proper license to do so? [edit: not too sure but some may even be able to claim it as their own but so long as they dont use it for commercail purposes its legal]
i mean you make an addon for yourself and hopefully others to use, so why does it matter where they get it, its still you as the toc file author. Me, i would be happier knowing that more people can now enjoy my addon
but coding forums are bound to be elitist, i mean just look at the WAU response
The reality is that it is subject to the authors choice. I cannot force them to do one or another.
Even if I don't agree with it I try to respect their right to choose, even as you seem that you'd be more than happy with it as long as they didn't edit your name out of the Toc.
Torhal, your example totally fails to prove any point, since it is simply a wrong example. And being scornful to others will not make you right.
On the other hand, addon authors just like any authors have the right to decide if and how they want their work to be distributed and used.
About the maintainance of addon compilations and dynamic or "soft" linking them: between two patches a well written addon does not need to be "maintained". If it works well, its stable and well tested, then it will continue working till the next patch. Maybe the author adds new features in the meantime, but that is another thing.
Good compilations are released when the addons they contain are in this "well tested and stable" state. It is the responsibility of the person who creates the compilation.
And not all of us are "addon junkies", so a lot of ppl actually like to use compilations of all sorts.
No his point is well stated in that the post he was responding to was completely false. Phanx, and other authors, have a RIGHT to ask for their works to be excluded for UI Packs.
A big reason why I dont use Curse to update my mods is because the 'update addons' page is thick with "Pretty Ponies R Us UI" compilations for every 3rd 8-member guild that thinks for some odd reason, I would be interested in whatever convoluted jumble of addons makes their world go 'round and 'round. Im not. Im there to peruse the list of updated addons for that week. If your little sisterhood of the netherblend pants wants to distribute a new ui suite, use photobucket or email it to each other. Its just clutter that nobody outside of your tiny circle of e-friends is interested in. If this service DOES plan to host them, shuffle them into their own category and put them in their own 'updated' listing. So the rest of us can skip them.
I swear some days, every other updated addon on Curse is Yet Another Compilation For Some Half Dozen Strong Joy Luck Club.
I'd also like to know the answer to this. I don't want my addons included in any kind of compilations, premade UIs, guild packs, or whatever else you want to call them, whether it's manually packaged by the uploader, or dynamically packaged by the site. If you like my addon, and want to share it with other people, give them a link to the download page.
I'm not apposed to this setting if people really want it.
using the curse client, I don't see any way to have the libs external, so now I have libs inside every single addon, and now my UI is like 50-60mb, rather than 10-20mb, how am I supposed to upload this via http to wowinterace etc?
We'll soon be offering UIPacks via CurseForge that will be able to have addons soft bundled into it (think pointers if that makes sense, and if not, um..... proxy?)
We'll also have support for bundling SV files with them.