Warning to my fellow addon authors out there, we've got another site hosting addons without getting author permission first. You might want to check http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Games (and it's pc categories?) and make sure they're not hosting your addons without your consent.
Now, they were so kinda as to email me: http://gist.github.com/80232 I've asked them to take down my addons, we'll see what they do. Note that they marked them as "freeware", but I do not use such a license in my addons, nor do I license them in a means that they could mirror them, with or without contacting me first.
Anywho, just a headsup to y'all, looks like my stuff's not the only wow addons up there.
They're "mirroring" version 3.0.8-1.1.6 ( http://mac.softpedia.com/progDownload/Revelation-Download-49944.html ) of Revelation, which is currently at version 3.0.9-1.2.3, and I have never received notification that they are doing this. It is also incorrectly listed as having a "Freeware" license, and is under their Mac category, with 97 downloads. There is also a "More by this author" link, which shows an outdated version of Volumizer which has 80 downloads.
This isn't as bullshit-riddled as WoWMatrix, but still pisses me off. It doesn't matter that they give me credit, or even that they link to my Curse Developer page...they're distributing old and inferior versions of something which I have spent my spare time creating.
They're "mirroring" version 3.0.8-1.1.6 of Revelation, which is currently at version 3.0.9-1.2.3
This is the exact reason I don't allow mirroring of my shits. I could care less about users that comment in the wrong place, but I do care when people report shit that I fixed a month ago because they got the addon from a place like this.
It may not be as "bullshit-riddled" as wowmatrix, but it sure as fuck is ad-riddled. Which says to me that they're only trying to make ad money off other people's content... which was half the issue that we have with wowmatrix. At least these guys are providing their own bandwidth. I choose who I give my theoretical internet money to, thanks.
Hmm, it may not be the softpedia guys themselves that put them up there if site users can submit them on someone else's behalf..? I'm not really familiar with the site, so not sure if that's what happened here, but at first glance it seems plausible. Kind of an inherent flaw in their submission system though if people can submit things they don't "own".
Something i find interesting. When googling "WoW addons" wowmatrix comes up before wowace and files.wowace.com (dead now) comes up before www.wowace.com
The good thing is that curse, wowinterface and wowui come at the top 3.. isn't there anyway wowace can be bumped above wowmatrix? and files.wowace.com could be somewhat discouraging for someone who is very new to addons and has no idea what they are doing.
Perhaps you've already discussed this, but other sites are always going to use addons to get people to view ads etc. as long as the newbies end up on their pages due to high search engine rating. i don't really know a great deal about google ratings beyond meta tags, these are just my thoughts.
Apparently my Creature Comforts addon is "Mac software" with a "Freeware" license. They were quick to respond after I emailed them with a takedown notice, but their response claimed that they were unable to locate my addon on their own website (I'd forgotten to include the URL) and went on to apologize for the "inconvenience" and ask if I'd let them keep hosting my stuff. You can't find something by name on your own site and you think that's supposed to make me want to host more of my stuff on your site? Right.
Hah. Carbonite Quest is on there. A few times I sent them messages letting them know about compilations including their addon (since their lengthy legal agreement explicitly prohibits this), and their response was basically "we are okay with it because more people find our addon". After a couple of those I sent them an email suggesting they remove the clause prohibiting redistribution from their legal agreement if they were okay with redistribution, partly because it didn't make sense and partly because it indirectly encouraged people to ignore license terms, thus creating more hassle for other addon authors who did want to enforce license terms, and their response to that was basically "your license terms have nothing to do with ours, and we'll do whatever we want". :rolleyes:
interesting shit thanks for sorting that out tekkub
I Think a good idea would be to make a sticky about that here on wowace.com, wowinterface.com, curseforge.com, clearly describing SoftPedia + WoWMatrix are ninja looters like :p If the #1 sites join their forces I'm sure they can downrank them nor at least participate to, they receive too much click for now and ppl usually don't know authors are not associated with theses sites.