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Author Topic: Centalized Module List w/descriptions  (Read 4733 times)
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ChAoS
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« on: April 06, 2005, 05:40:55 PM »

Listing the modules with their functions on one list.

I realize this may be difficult due to all the different people making modules but one thing that I noticed is the lack of descriptions of these modules. How does one know what they do. Might I make a few suggestions for standardization?

Give modders unlimited edit time on their posts in a specific forum. Then the modder can list all his mods within the first post of one thread and update/edit/delete accordingly. *my bad I see edit time is unlimited allready*

Perhaps one thread that is locked (sticky?) but editable by the modder himself . It contains the master list with links to the individual mod "help" threads themselves.

Modders need to to include better desriptors of the mods, including dependencies/possible conflicts and functions and version #'s



Hope you all don't mind my suggestions
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 07:45:37 PM »

Not a bad idea...but there is no reason why a text file outlining all of these details and give a relatively terse yet descriptive info in the mod announcement on the forum...

eg...

Say I made a module to add a Shop that sells stuff to the village navs...

Text file would outline all of the features and the like and a brief desc would suffice in the module announcement...

eg

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This module is a shop that hooks into the village

  • admin configurable
  • definable stock
  • user is selected through edit user
Please refer to the text file for further details
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005, 08:12:46 PM »

One good example of content management is here http://www.threadsdev.com/forum/modindex.php?Cat=0

Of course some of it is forum specific to Threads but you can see the general structure of the way they manage their forum "hacks"
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2005, 11:27:01 AM »

I dunno.. Asking developers for extra documentation is risky business.. Grin

But a little while ago, I started maintaining a contents.txt file in my user directory here. This was mainly for my own sanity, but it might be an idea others could use. Then again, I might be considered a little bit odd as I have a tendency to be verbose when I'm writing docs. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2005, 11:29:06 AM »

The check for module updates will give you a list of modules that are in the version.txt files that you do not have installed... It may not be a centralized list or have all the descriptions, but you may find a few modules that that you have missed.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2005, 11:38:35 AM »

I fully agree that we need some manner of module listing with descriptions and download links.  I've mentioned before that I'm waiting for the next generation of this portal before creating something that will (hopefully) meet those needs...release of the next generation could happen in the next couple of months.

In the meantime, I encourage authors to maintain a thread in Completed Modules.  Shouldn't be difficult to provide a link and description.  I'd recommend that one post be used to catalogue all available mods.  You may have noticed that I have stickied such threads by a few modders already.

The only other option (as I've mentioned in other posts) is for someone to maintain a complete list which I'll gladly add to the site as a proper page...but that will take a fair bit of work.  Volunteers?

The number of mods now available is certainly immense, and there is no reason to doubt that there will be many times that added.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2005, 01:20:05 PM »

Tal... are there any modules for this system that will read a fileid.diz from a zip file?Huh  If so, then it would simply be a matter of adding a modules section to the files and devs maintaining their own diz files within the archives....

Just a thought....
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2005, 01:28:24 PM »

Thats a great idea
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