Please forgive me if this is the wrong place for this, as I am brand new here.
I'm coming back to the game from the pre-BC days, back when the big bosses were Ragnaros and Nefarion. A popular addon for us was Damage Meter, and I'm looking for a modern one. It was simply an addon that would show each raid member's damage contribution, and would help show who needed advice and who was being lazy. It used a cool bar graph to display it and worked fairly well.
Now I'm not totally helpless, I did look around a little, but my research only yielded one (seemingly) up-to-date result: Recount.
Eager to try this out, I noticed there were three different versions of it, so I decided to ask for advice.
1. What is the best damage meter to use?
2. What is the difference between Recount, Recount Preservation, and Recount 2?
3. Any other advice?
I would prefer one that runs well, uses up-to-date code (like maybe using GUID to identify the players?), and gives a good amount of information.
Recount 2 looked to be the latest, but it also seemed like it is still beta. I'm not sure I want an addon that will cause problems. Also, it's topic hadn't had a post in 3 weeks, suggesting that it isn't going anywhere fast.
Thanks in advance. I really look forward to your replies.
2. Recount is originally written by Cryect. When he left the wow scene, Elsia took over maintaining and updating it. Cryect later came back and started on Recount2 as a better and leaner version while Recount still worked. Work on Recount2 never quite completed, so its still in an alpha-beta-ish state, and doesn't have the full range of features you see in Recount.
"Recount (Presevation)" is an update specifically for patch 2.4 (combat log changes) in the absence of Cryect and fix up some minor things by Elsia. "Recount (Presevation)" was then subsequently renamed to just "Recount" as detailed above.
3. No, not really. Make sure you use sane Recount data collection settings (defaults are usually sane). Collecting too much data would yield in quick memory usage increases, especially if you opted to also collect data about trash mob breakdowns rather than just player and boss breakdowns.
There are other damage meters you can try, such as Violation, Damage Meters, SWSStats, etc, but I don't know if they still work.