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Add-offs

March 24th, 2009 Posted in General

Blizzard have finally decided to post an Acceptable Use Policy for addons. To be perfectly honest, I’m amazed that it has taken this long for it to happen.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t disagree with the vast majority of the rules; addons which cause a reduction in gameplay quality for anyone other than the addon user deserve to go outright. As for obfuscated and closed source code, and charging people to use it, again, I don’t see a problem there. I don’t see why people who want to get ahead faster should be able to do so by paying extra money for it (hello, Carbonite!)

However, the one thing I do have issues with is the “No soliciting donations” clause. I can understand why an addon shouldn’t be allowed to spam the Chat pane requesting that you donate to the author, but a small line in an “About this addon” pane that only appears when you explicitly view it? I don’t see the harm there.

What I don’t get is the sudden up-in-arms nature of the addon authors who have taken their ball and gone home. These are people that either didn’t care about any of the things the new guidelines are trying to stop, weren’t trying to make a living from addons, or even pushing people for donations.

I’ll miss some of the addons that will inevitably never see the light of day again. But are the authors of these doing anyone a disservice other than themselves? I can understand why they might do it, but in the end all they are doing is inciting the wrath of the user base. Even just withdrawing an addon for a month or so risks losing your users forever as they switch to an alternative.

  1. 2 Responses to “Add-offs”

  2. By Ticktac on Mar 24, 2009

    As a limited add-on user(mostly DBM and Omen) I find most of them to be convenience items. A solid add-on I would miss would be Quest Helper. I am not big on the lore of the game or really care what fraction is fighting with this fraction. I’m more of get to max level, gear up, and play the game.

    Blizzard is starting to sound like Government and we all know the moment people start making money doing something they step in and tax it. the difference here is the people who are getting taxed will be the player base that has grew to depend on them.

  3. By Gnomeaggedon on Mar 27, 2009

    “These are people that either didn’t care about any of the things the new guidelines are trying to stop, weren’t trying to make a living from addons, or even pushing people for donations.”

    This bit has me tossed too.

    Not so long ago (maybe a week ago), most authors were writing addons for:
    1) Themselves.. but sharing
    2) Sharing with the WoW community
    3) Stretching their own “coding” interest
    4) Getting their name up in lights at Curse.

    Then a couple of them decide to go Pro (possibly influenced by WoWMatrix taking their bandwidth and leaving nothing in return), Blizzard says No, and all the previously community minded authors have gone “WTF – no addons from me now”

    I’m not even a great believer in “Blizzard stole their idea/code”. Blizzard most likely only includes addon features due to the cries from their customer base.. especially those afraid in install 3rd party products (as Blizzard warns them not to). It’s not about “Hey we will make an extra $3 per month if we add outfitter… rather 10,000,000 ppl saying I want outfitter as standard.

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