I have sort of taken a bit of a break over the last week, so sorry for the lack of posts and responses to comments.
Over the last week two of my posts have received a lot of attention:
- My April fools patch notes: it appears people really want a healing tree for Mages, and
- My PSA about WoWMatrix
Sorry to ruin your day on both counts.
Anyway my take on the WoWMatrix blockage.
I have been playing for a long time and using mods for about the same period of time.
For the majority of that time I manually updated my addons. I toyed with early versions of the Curse Client and became reliant on the now defunct WoWAce updater. Moved onto the Curse Client and later used WoWMatrix to fill the gaps.
In reality I have found them all lacking in someway or another.
Note, I am a Windows PC user, so haven’t experienced the Mac issues.
How do I feel about this blockage?
I am OK with it, although I do feel a bit sorry for Mac users.
As I explained to a mate over the weekend, if someone tapped into my monthly net usage and prevented me using my PC on the net, I would be pretty pissed, or turning it around…
If I was “stealing” someone else’s net bandwidth and usage and they finally got around to locking their wireless router, I would just have to live with the alternatives, even if that meant paying for it.
Fundamentally this is what WoWMatrix has been doing, without compensation to the bandwidth providers and after repeated requests to come to some arrangement.
Back to my bandwidth metaphor:
- If I offered payment to my neighbor and they locked me out, I would be pissed.
- Likewise if they requested it, and I declined, I couldn’t blame them for locking me out.
Now I do think it’s pretty poor that Curse and WoWInterface don’t have as complete a solution as WoWMatrix did, both in range of good clients and also in Mod coverage.
I hope they fix both.
- The client is well within their means to fix, and hopefully they are working on this while I write.
- The mod coverage unfortunately comes down to the mod authors themselves, in that they will need to include their addons on both sites. I note for instance that while Carbonite is listed on Curse, it is now just a link to their website.
What am I doing?
Using the CurseClient for my initial update (note I had to do a reinstall all to refresh a lot of addons).
Then using WoWMatrix as a list for me to check individually all the other mods not hosted at Curse by going to thier websites.
I note that WoWMatrix is offering to replace a lot of my up to date mode with a lot of older versions – so be warned! This isn’t anything new, I often got false positives, so I am sort of glad than I am using WoWMatrix manually now.
Sure, but still better than going through my addon directory then searching the web for the addon.
So in conclusion…
- Curse & WoWInterface: get your acts together and build better interfaces!
- Mod Authors: please make sure your mod is properly represented at both of these sites.
It is a shame that more often than not things come down to cash, but such is life.
Gnomer and Out!
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