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ghastley
post Nov 27 2021, 12:13 AM
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Since I've pulled all my mods off the Nexus, as I don't agree with their new TOS, I'm hosting them on my own site, just like I've always done for beta tests. This thread is for discussion of the site, which I won't post a link to here, but will provide one via PM. That will hopefully stop it being made public via google before I'm ready. It's under "Other" as there are mods for everything in the Elder Scrolls series but Arena.

I could keep all the discussion in PM's, but then you won't see each others' comments, and I'll have to act as mailman all the time.

Once it's all there, then the URL will be made public and this thread can keep running.

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post Nov 27 2021, 12:47 AM
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This sounds like a brilliant approach to transitioning your mods from Nexus to your own site. I won't be able to really help, as ESO is the only game on my puter - just wanted to wish you well. smile.gif


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post Nov 27 2021, 02:27 PM
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Making my first change as a result of feedback. The front page had links to each game for its list of mods, plus an extra for "other stuff". It was suggested that I make that two links for FF and tutorials. But if I find another category of "other" they'll start catching up with the games for numbers.

I'll see what I can do in downplaying the extras a bit.


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post Nov 27 2021, 02:31 PM
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I think you wont be able to make a design good for all eventualities. So when you find something else you want to add to the site, you'll need to make changes... Yeah, I know. Maintenance is a killer.


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post Nov 27 2021, 03:27 PM
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It turns out that the change to split "Other Stuff" also resolves a layout issue with Safari on the iPad. So that's made, now.

Next up is finding a suitable gallery layout for the mod screenshots. There won't be a lot, because: no user-contributed images; and most images are already in the Wiki. I can do a simple table of thumbnails, which open a new tab/window for the full-sized image, or try to make a filmstrip/projector style using the same CSS radio button technique that does the tabs. Since images are on a tab, there may be nesting issues with the latter method.

Somewhere on there I want to explain why my mods are on their own obscure site, and not the Nexus (or similar). That may have to wait until I decide where the discussion forum/fora are, as it will provoke discussion itself.


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post Dec 1 2021, 05:12 PM
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Just a quick clarification:

The mod documentation in mock UESP format that I ship with my mods has been visible for a long time, and was linked to by the old Nexus descriptions. Those have been indexed by google for a long time. They also don't include any download links, or ones back up to hidden pages.

What is under construction is the part that Nexus was doing for me, with the mod overview blurb, pictures, and download links. Each of the mods needs re-packaging, as every readme text says that they're exclusively on Nexus and contact me there. Until I finish all that, I'd just get complaints about what's broken, so I'm laying low for a while.

I'm also not worried about the links scattered around to beta versions. It's clear what they were, and nobody's going to care if anyone downloads obsolete stuff using those.


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post Dec 1 2021, 05:52 PM
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ghastley, There are people, well at least one person on AFK Mods that are looking for your Gweden Brothel. I didn't just want to give your site out so I thought I'd let you know.


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post Dec 1 2021, 08:16 PM
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I sent that one a link to use so he knows it's the mod as last seen at Nexus, via PM. There will be others, I'm sure. I don't think I'm getting new users, just people who get into a panic if they don't have access to it as a backup.

On a different topic: I have few things, that I created for other people, from assets provided by third parties, for mods that I can't find any more. This goes beyond items like the defaced poster I made as an add-on to the Wobbly Goblet. One specific example is an Anubis Statue that took a static mesh by Mighty Joe Young, rigged it to the Minotaur skeleton, that became part of the Shezrie's Towns mod for Oblivion. I've lost track of whether that/those mods are available anywhere, so should I make that piece available as a resource? MJY gave permission for the mesh re-use a long time ago,

I don't recall if I used the poster in Gweden, or just left the defaced static in that. But that's all mine, so there's no debate needed.

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