If thats the case, then both Acyd Burn and OXPUS have been valued contributers to phpBB, I only stated those modifications above as suggestions to contacting those authors themselvse and requesting that they submit them to the MODDB rather having assign a project team to build up these two "wanted" modifications from scratch. Whether or not they are DBAL compliant, translateable, EasyMOD compadible these can be adjusted by the original authors or anyone who gains permissions of the authors.
I agree with this. These mods are already made and the original authors should be contacted for "first bite of the cherry." In my opinion, there are reasons why mod authors dont submit mods to the MOD db ( apart from mods pending security checks ). I find the strict rules on changing the topic to the current status of the development a farse, and to be constantly reminded by "rule enforcers" to adhere to this rule is more annoying. If the rules were more relaxed, Im sure more people (including myself) would be encouraged to develop and submit mods.
Instead of asking people to recreate or edit mods that already exist, why not create a list of mods that users have asked for, which nobody has ever taken up. Just look through the mod request forum and you will find many interesting mods that have never been followed up. Wouldnt this be a better idea?
from two posts above:
The whole point of this is to get things complete and into one big awesome set of MODs which are complete in concept. (and of course getting them submitted into the MOD DB). Linking to us out of date MODs from 2002 and never updated and saying it's been done won't satisfy the criteria.
And I couldn't agree more. I mean, the authors themselves have said "nope, not working on this one anymore" then why should they be bugged that updates are needed since new versions came out?
As for the rules, personally I find them not at all strict, I mean, if the status of your topic bothers you so much, don't make a topic at all. If it bothers you that your cod ewill be checked for bugs, security leaks and compatibility... well then you
're the problem. I mean, it's hard enough to get MODs working together as it is, without the validation team there would be hardly a chance.
Like, I remember from 1.9.9 where everyone just use replaces, it was almost impossible to have more than one MOD installed on the board. I used to spend hours upon hours just trying to get two MODs working together.
Rules are there to keep order amongst the sheep, and the sheep are there to listen to the rules. 'tis how it works.