Someone purporting to be from BrotherSoft using the name "pmats" did post in this thread:
I work for Brothersoft. Here is the thing. Somebody submitted and published addons for the World of Warcraft in Brothersoft.com. And we are totally not aware of any details about the author, the license and relvevant promotion conditions about that. But we are now dealing with some letters from authors indeed.
Moreover, we will be quite hopeful to keep these addons on the case that we get licenses from its author. Do anybody provide some pieces of suggestions? Thank you so much, guys.
When someone called out BrotherSoft regarding the unauthorized uploading of WoW AddOns, the so-called BrotherSoft rep had this to say:
First, we do the auditing work on publication requests from users instead of direct release on Brothersoft by somebody. If there is any kind of person fills and submits the software author information, this is really hard to identify.
Next, we will immediately handle it depending on the status verification once we get any email from real authors.
Finally, we Brothersoft do respect copyright of authors, and we are always aiming at providing the safe and fast downloading service for all the users.
Since then, BrotherSoft has been rather silent. Someone else did some digging on BrotherSoft and it appears to be Chinese in origin:
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: BROTHERSOFT.COM
Created on: 12-Jul-02
Expires on: 12-Jul-13
Last Updated on: 10-Apr-08
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HanGuQu QiXingLi 17-2-304,
Yea I just fixed all those links, you people suck at following directions.
Hey, I don't want those ripoff artists getting any higher in the Google rankings. Today I did a Google search for Grid (just to see what I would get). I used the search terms "Grid", "WoW, "mod". The site rankings for Grid where in this order:
WoWAce (just a link to WoWAce itself, no link to the Grid project page)
WoWInsider (AddOn Spotlight story about Grid)
I would rather see #5, 6, and 7 get banished further down the list (like on the next page or so).
While Stumbling, I came along a Shanghai based site, <<addon.hotwow.com>>. It seems to actually be hosting the addons. They list an addon's basic info, including author, and then a copy/paste of an addon's info. Now maybe they're legit, and just Chinese... but as there is no info on how people are supposed to contact authors for support or what not, thought better to post and be wrong, then not.
That site has already been added to the list of shame when this thread was created.
Also see this in the first post:
please disable automatic URL linking when posting additional sites, so as not to promote the site through things like Google page rank etc.
There is a check box under the Additional Options heading for "Automatically parse links in text". Clear that check box. If you don't see the Additional Options section then you need to click the "Go Advanced" button.
PS: unsure if its wow-pro's addition to tourguide or if its Tourguide's own guides. In all cases I reported the site to Jame at wow-pro as well.
WoW-Pro has always distributed his guides free, thus I think he would be a bit pissed to see he his content being "sold". Regarding the AddOn, that does look a lot like Tourguide. Looks like Tekkub is going to get sicced on those nublets. I think I will go find a nice bunker now so I don't get hit in the resulting explosion.
Pure js inline generated links simply fail to be detected with a lot of the common HTML parsing tools they might use like mechanize or hpricot.
Sounds deliciously evil.
I myself use Honem's method for updating and determining when an update is needed. I like the "If it isn't broken and/or blowing chunks all over your UI don't update it", statement as that is my update determining method. I used to be a WAU user back in the day, however I weaned myself off it. Besides with the ending of Threat 1.0/2.0 (replaced by the built in Threat), there is no need to update "just before you log in".