Flavours of Forums Forever
- Sep 9, 2013
No, it really doesn't. It intimates that I can put myself into your position.No, but your reply intimates that you think what I'm thinking
I've been a prominent mod producer (not quite 400, but still, about 100) and had arbitrary rules imposed upon me, and I chose whether to implement or not. I've also *been* a mod reviewer for SMF, so I've been on both sides of that fence and been in the position of actually making such value judgements.
Having seen the post from Slavik about 'here are the addons, we asked their names be changed', I found myself completely agreeing with this. I have no reason to doubt any other part of the story.I'm not saying that XF are wrong to issue guidelines, but their implementation of them may not be the best way forward.
"More what you call guidelines than actual rules" - I honestly suspect if it had been one or two slightly vague names, it would have been let go, but as it's far more than one or two and it's far more vague and misleading, I think it's fair to try to impose the rule fairly on everyone.And I will again come back to the use of the descriptions; rules are rules, they are commandments set out to draw lines in the sand that must not be crossed. Guidelines are for guidance, and guidance also implies help in understanding with a view to improvement for the benefit of all.
Bear in mind I've come from a place where the names of addons often bear absolutely no relationship whatsoever to their function - for example SMF has an addon called Optimus. You'd never know it was SEO related...
The problem with guidelines is that they're too loose - you end up making exceptions to one and not another and then foul is cried. So you have a rule that you try to enforce as equally as possible and 'the name of the addon should describe what it does' isn't an unfair rule.