Whenever a game gets a lot of mods, those individuals (I know I am sometimes prone to this) who tend to install lots of them get a very messy mods folder. That is why I am proposing an optional naming convention to sort all mods in your mods directory.
This is the form I am currently proposing:
Explanation of the individual parts:
This ensures all mods named using the AAA Standard will be sorted from those that weren’t named using the standard. All AAA-named mods will sort at the top of the mods directory.
This ensures all mods of a certain category (like biome, UI, or campaign) are grouped together, based on alphabetical order. We could let it do its thing, or we could hold a brainstorm session to come up with a good list of standardized categories.
Current naming standard. Self explanatory.
So what do all of you think about this? Is it worth the effort? Does it need to be improved?
- I don’t think this is a good idea
- I think the change will be to big to make
- I am for this change
- The convention should be a AAA-standard
- The convention should be a ZZZ-standard
- We need a standardized list of categories
- Letting all authors decide on the category names will work out fine
[details=On standardized categories]I don’t think a new post beow is necessary for this. For me in this tatement, that is,I don’t ant to shut the conversation down on this.
The reason I thought standardized (or actually recommended categories) is that, if you let mod authors free to come up with their own labels, that it then would become uncoordinated. This means you could have 6 different varieties of mods that change a thing in the UI, because of a whole lot of reasons from the words used to describe the mod type, to differences in spelling. For a naming convention that aims to overviewably (for the lack of a better word) sort mods and group them together based on content, that might not be a good design choice to make.
On the other hand, making a recommended list of categories will take a lot of time, effort and discussing to make right (that means both covering all kinds of mods, and beeing nuanced (and coarse) enough for everyones taste) which is very difficult to do, especially considering that every change after version 1.0 will be difficult to make.[/details]
For those who want to use this, I would advise waiting a few days with making the change while the convention improves to version 1.0