Suggestion

We should put a disclaimer (in red) on the “New Module” page of the website, something along the lines of:

“NOTE: When you submit an entry here, you are making the commitment to complete the module in a timely manner; This means you must be reasonably certain there will be a playable version available inside three months. If you are unable to complete the module yourself, you are expected to actively seek someone to take over.”

I know there are better solutions, but this one is quick and effective. It’s not worth a 100 message thread or hours of dev work. :slight_smile:

Ben

Why? Usually if a module appears to have been abandoned, someone can ask me to add them as a contributor. Or you can always make a new module. More effective would be something that cleans up old modules, or marks them as somehow inactive.

rk

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Thus spake Jeffrey Brent McBeth:

I agree, it would be nice to have more support infrastructure for modules.

On that note:

  1. I wish we could get people to do something like GPL modules by default.
    That way, these issues would go away. (Yes, I’m aware that module authors
    might not own the copyright to all parts of a module, but what I’d like to
    see is people GPL-ing the parts of the module to which they do have
    copyright.)

  2. The module pages currently on the site aren’t well suited for displaying
    information. I have something particular in mind here—I’ll create a
    mockup soon, but probably not before the feature freeze on Friday. What I’m
    imagining is having all of the info that’s currently under the four “tabs”
    be on one single page, along with some version compatibility information.
    (I think it’s important that we mark which modules are compatibile with
    which verisons of VASSAL.)


J.


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The problem is old modules which do not yet have any files attached, but appear to be active works in progress, like EuroFront. I’ve tried contacting the designer to no avail. If the game entry had not been there, someone else may have already had a module completed a year ago (like me). It’s a real shame to make it appear something is being worked on when it isn’t, it means players are left in the lurch.

I agree, there are better solutions, I just didn’t want to create more work for you guys or turn it into a big debate!

Some thing I would really like to see is the ability to add modules into ‘categories’ like you have on Mediawiki, so we could group modules by genre, period, publisher, number of players etc.


Brent Easton
Analyst/Programmer
University of Western Sydney
Email: b.easton@uws.edu.au


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Thus spake “Brent Easton”:

That would be really easy if we were using MediaWiki.


J.


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