Quote from rolfbaI must say i dont see the big problem with the copy & pasting of urls. It took me around 20min to find urls for all my addons, just by looking at the unhandled page, searching on wowace / curse, and adding them.
i can't say if i'll spend the 3 hours or so redoing about 380+ addons with WAU or curse or Jwow on 3 different pc's, and scratching my head with URL's for addons with duplicate wowint/curse/wowace locations, separated/bundled addons like auctioneer suite, or perhaps more popular items like lightheaded, cartographer or mobmap with multiple addon folders and no single URL. it's not a tidy system if you can't pin an addon to a source comfortable with auto updaters redownloading the same file 8-times a day, per-ip, etc.
for authors like tekkub or elkano, etc, who have a dozen or so complementary addons on static pages like wowace or wowinterface, it seems perfect. neat. very 2006. no offense to those guys, they do good work, etc.
thats not my situation, nor others. addons aren't all from wowace, wowint or curse, they are found on blogs, google code pages, buried in forum posts, etc. places where search engines fear to tread.
So i dont see the big problem here. But if you want to start a wiki, by all means do so :)
new users will need a bit of a primer in what URL's will/won't work for jwow2, pointing at wowint/curse/wowace and upcoming mirror sites is fine for now.
i was somewhat used to this with WUU, hence the angry, bitter disappointment in going back to static URL's and losing all the genuine features from the original app. obviously that bridge is burnt now, and the well poisoned, etc. if i wanted WUU, i'd use WUU.
while the 900+ posts of ongoing dialogue helps to explain the changes and the upcoming ones, it's still a functionally different program now.
i've only somewhat recently given up on updaters to do the things i greedily accepted they 'did' as a job, its still a harsh awakening. i truly miss the old jwow, the auto-update to 2.0 was heart-rending, like waking up to the aftermath of a forest fire you didn't see coming.
moreso for the UI changes from jwow 1 to 2, and the loss of functions that imaginably were linked to wowace ?, i.e. external lib checking ? checking for required dependencies ? all gone.
ultimately, it seems that there is very much the developer/user relationship you see on other developer communities, i.e. "why do you only complain when i change things" responses. perhaps theres no good way of asking why an updater doesn't update. or perhaps, answering that kind of question either.