Nexus Mods policy change sparks controversy
Nexus Mods has announced a major overhaul to the popular mod database, introducing a new collection system that will make it impossible to remove mods from the site.
Collections are set up by users to share bundles of mods more easily, and that means authors are no longer allowed to remove their mods from the site to prevent collections from being full of dead content.
- Mods can no longer be deleted, only hidden
- Collections are designed to be ready to download and play
- If mods could be deleted, collections would become pointless
- Community split over pros and cons of the new system
- Authors propose opt-in to collections
- Some users are removing their mods before new features launch
Beyond good and evil: Mod authors have mixed feelings about the upcoming changes, and some are displeased enough that they have started removing their mods from the site already. The big controverse is over Nexus Mods acting like they own rather than host the mods.
One-click modding: The big idea behind the new system is to make it easier and less time-consuming for the average player to enjoy mods, by enabling curators to create packages of mods that facilitate particular experiences. The big question is whether ease of use should come at the expense of author's ownership of their mods.