Yesterday I discovered it, after almost 4 years of developing... Why it's not accepted automatically? Or highlighted to see it better... Now I can only imagine how much money I could get (I got 213 points in those 2 days... so...).
:( nothing to do with rewards that I could get in the past? :/
The rewards program was launched in May of 2009, and was announced on the front page at that time. It has always been an opt-in system, and points are calculated on a day-to-day basis so there is no possibility of receiving points dating back at any point before you signed up for the program.
Only Curse rewards author? Right? Wowinterface has nothing or maybe I don't know something :DD
Correct, albeit "Curse" means "any Curse development site". WoWInterface is owned by ZAM LLC, while Curse is owned by Curse Inc.
Curse development sites include BukkitDev, WoWAce, and Curseforge. There might be others I'm not thinking about.
If you sign up for the Author Rewards, you could have a Minecraft AddOn (BukketDev), a Rift AddOn (Curseforge), a Warcraft AddOn that uses no Ace framework code (Curseforge), and an Ace-based Warcraft AddOn (WoWAce) and all sites would be pooled together to total up your points.
... a Warcraft AddOn that uses no Ace framework code (Curseforge), and an Ace-based Warcraft AddOn (WoWAce) ...
Just FYI, whether or not your addon uses any Ace3 libraries has absolutely nothing to do with whether it's on CurseForge.com or WowAce.com. The different domains are just names, and you can freely choose either one for your addon. The only difference is that you can upload files on CurseForge but not on WowAce, so if you're not using a Curse SVN/Git/Hg repository to host your addon code and tagging releases directly from your repo, you can't use the WowAce.com domain, only the CurseForge.com domain. It's confusing, yes, but it has nothing to do with the Ace3 family of libraries. ;)
I hosted my addons on both sites long before Curse started offering author rewards. The rewards are a nice bonus, but are completely incidental. Personally I like WoWI a lot more than I like Curse (mainly because on WoWI the staff respond within hours, while on Curse it's a toss-up whether the staff will ever respond at all, and the Curse.com website is really awful) but Curse is more popular and has a working updater program, so I keep my addons up to date on both. That wouldn't change even if Curse stopped offering the rewards program. If you're writing WoW addons just for the money, you're doing it wrong. :p
Ahhh, I am new in this program, and for 7 days I am getting 110 points every day, so I thought its a stable bonus :)
You are right, I am writing them because I love the game (I stopped playing 2 years ago, but I love it so much that I continue updating addons) :) Now with this little reward I have one more motive to do it :) Ehhh why I didn't discover this before :( sad.
...for 7 days I am getting 110 points every day, so I thought its a stable bonus :)
It is pretty stable, but I get more points than that, and I still call it incidental. If they discontinued the rewards program tomorrow, it would not have any effect whatsoever on the amount of time I spend on my addons.
BTW, does this program rewards people listed as "maintainer"?
Your listed role doesn't matter. By default, all points are assigned to the project manager. The manager can either set it up to automatically give certain percentages of the project's points to certain members of the project, or can manually send you points.
If the manager has been AWOL for years and you have been the addon's primary maintainer for a long time, I'd suggest you report the project to a moderator and ask them to promote you to manager. If you're doing all the work, it doesn't really make sense to give all the rewards to some guy who hasn't even logged into the site in years.
The rewards are a nice bonus, but are completely incidental.
Though I originally code addons to "scratch my itches", the author's reward is a nice bonus too and incidentally pays my subscription, my last computer and my wife and I are going in holiday to Rome this year. :-) However, as I seldom play now, finding some motivation to maintain my addons gets harder, maybe because my itches scratch less than before...