Out of date addons bug me! So since we've been into 2.4 for a while now, some of these addons need to join us! I only have a few that are out of date, but I'm sure other people can add to the list. Here's what I have, save a few that I'm going to try and contact directly:
Arbitrary TOC bumping IS BAD. BAD BAD BAD.VERY VERY BAD.
An updated TOC means "I, the author of this addon or an authorized project developer, have updated this addon to be fully compliant with this latest patch, and am therefore indicating that it is compatible."
Just because the addon works with the patch does not mean that its TOC should be updated. If the author chooses to do so without any code changes, he may do so, but changing TOCs so that they don't show as "Out Of Date" is the absolute worst possible reason to do so.
Instead, you should be contacting the authors of these addons, asking if there is an up-to-date version, and ask them to update the TOC if the current codebase is indeed considered by the author to be compatible with the latest patch.
Ok fine, since you seem to not understand what I was going for, let me say this in a different way: Authors, can you get off your butts and update your addons so that they work perfectly with the newest version of Warcraft? Oh they do? Well that nice, I'm glad you're addons still work fine. Can you update your TOC to reflect this?
Get my point? I'm not asking for arbitrary TOC bumping. I'm looking for addons that work perfectly fine, some of which have been update since 2.4 came out, yet still are marked with out of date. How does this reflect to a new user of addons coming into the ace community, downloading what looks like popularly used addons, and going to log in and see some of them are out of date? Doesn't make much sense to me. Would make more sense for addons that work for the newset version of warcraft to be labeled as such so that the average user knows what works and what doesn't, what is being actively developed and what isn't? That's what i'm looking for. Consistancy. Hell, half the author and user community here is probably still confused about what's going on with the babble libraries, etc. (yes i just posted about this over in the libraries section). I'm not an addon author, I don't want to be. But don't you think it's a bit strange to install addons that work for 2.4 without error yet if you look at your addon list half of them are red, mared as out of date?
Oh i know, saw those and their reverts. If something is genuinely out of date, it should be, no arguments from me. I actually have a post over on the libraries section trying to get the official word on what libraries should and shouldn't be used anymore (babble, specialevents, sharedmedia, etc). And I'd MUCH rather have the author of an addon bump the toc than anybody else do it. Enforces the idea that the author is still maintaining the addon. I know my initial request was a bit vague... What I really wanted was either 1) notification that this addon is still supported and up to date or 2) clarification on it being discontinued or a new version in the works. Asking for the TOC usually brings up one of the two topics. Say if I asked about Parrot, the current one is for 2.3 and being hacked into 2.4... so not really worth a TOC bump, and when CKK gets around to it he plans on a brand new parrot for 2.4.
EDIT: Talking to a friend about this made me realize why there is so much tension about TOC's. I understand the common understanding for the TOC number, as far as authors go, is 'this addon was written for this version of warcraft' and I get that. But as a user... i don't rightly care. What i want to know is 'this addon will work for this version of WoW.' And as far as an average stupid user goes, when I log in and go to my addon listings, ones that work shouldn't be listed in red. Red means bad. And yes, i've read the posts, read the description of what the TOC is and why it's there and all that jazz, just trying to put a perspective out there of the average user.
I can tell you for sure that Aloft is not fully compliant with 2.4 yet; its author, Roartindon, has been quite busy with real life, and has not yet updated any of his addons for 2.4. Aloft mostly works, yes, but some modules do not work, because they depend on parsing the combat log strings that no longer exist, and the whole addon still uses some ancient versions of libraries that are either informally or formally deprecated, such as Babble-2.2 and SharedMedia-1.0.