SWG once had a huge player base and at that time there was really no problem for the players to keep SWGCraft up-to-date. The old site, with another, disappeared owner, had an awkward interface for submitting resource data and yet the database was very well updated, rather a proof of the amount of players that cared than anything else. At that time some sites existed in parallel with SWGCraft --- yes indeed, those I knew of where galaxy/guild specific --- but in spite of the huge player base it was evident that the old SWGCraft actually was less maintained for those galaxies.
Today SWG has a smaller player base, a lot smaller, and even if 12 galaxies are shut down the population at some of the remaining galaxies does not really make it up for keeping SWGCraft 100% updated. This may come from a changed playing style over the years, from a time when patience and supporting a community made enough of players help each other, to a time when action and self are more important. Or it may be bazillions of other causes.
Whatever the cause or whatever the numbers are, fact is that SWGCraft is vulnerable and depends on the the player base that supports it. Nobody can dispute that fact. The less players that submit resource data the less up-to-date a site we have and as soon as the quality dips under a critical level people will consider the site of no use, alive but worthless. And then the bad circle spins quick and ...
This all boils down to something I call momentum or critical mass; to keep a fire alive there must be enough wood, enough oxygen, and enough heat. If there is a shortage in any of these three the fire dies. SWGCraft is kept alive in the same way.
That is why I am sensitive about competing on-line services of whatever kind. To steal away potential contributors from here to anywhere else puts this site at risk. And there is no other site that provides the resource data, none! There are sites that provide services on data that is obtained from here, and they have a tiny link somewhere, but they do not suggest or advice their visitors to indeed support this site.
Now what? This site exports the resource data and at the page where links to exported files are available there are regulations that apply. I support these regulations, they make sense. Almost anybody is free to submit resource data to SWGCraft, just a quick and easy registration and voilà. Because of that it makes sense that the data as such should not be considered the properties of SWGCraft. What comes from the wider community belongs to the wider community, right?
Now --- Another Subject --- Schematics
In relation to schematics, for a few months a lot of work has been going on under the hood. You have surely noticed some of it, forum threads on categories, schematics in error or without some data, etc. But there has been a lot more messages passing outside the public view, I would say the majority of the talk and work. Still there is lots to do, mainly because some issues have not surfaced until now when SWGCraft more precisely mimics how SWG looks like and works.
One of the projects have been to provide the schematics data as a number of XML files, a file for schematics, and a file for item and schematic categories. Probably there will be a file for profession characteristics, etc, etc. Over time all of these data will improve this site, and they will be useful for any third party application.While at it, I cannot find words for praising the valuable work and the amount of time Sobuno has put into this. If you do not know it he is currently not playing SWG and is busy studying at college, preparing for university I believe. Still he makes things come true within hours, a day at the most /kowtow
In my humble opinion schematics are quite a lot different from resources. The data are closer to the core of this site, not submitted the same way, maintained differently, etc. Most of the data are provided by a dozen devoted players, the data are refined and processed by just a few, not by almost anybody as with resource data.
Hence the following questions ...
- Do You think that SWGCraft should limit the use of these schematics data files in some way? The options could be one of...
- These data should not be exported at all, it is the property of SWGCraft and its community, period.
- Free for individuals to download for personal use of any kind, not for on-line or distributed services outside SWGCraft.
- Free for individuals and guilds to download for use within a limited scope, including on-line and distributed services restricted to members.
- Free for on-line and distributed services which are approved by SWGCraft for one year at a time.
- Free for anyone and anybody to use in whatever fashion or way.
- Do You think that SWGCraft should demand credits and links at applications and sites?
- Yes, stronger and more prominent than today, with a text that encourage users to support SWGCraft.
- Yes, more prominent and visible than today.
- As today.
- Not at all.
Remember that this is by no means a definite voting but more of a request for comments. I have no say in what Slyvampy aand/or Sobuno finally decides. As I said, I am neither an admin nor a developer at this site, but I am and will continue to be a supporter and advocate.
Feel free to post your comments, and reasons.