(Last updated August 05 2010)
Because I get so many people who can't be bothered to read old comments, or readme files, I've decided to write out a Frequently Asked Questions file. From here on out, if your post or PM is covered by this FAQ, it will be ignored, unless you can demonstrate that the given answer is not valid in your case.
Q) Your mod doesn't work! How do I fix it?
A) Before you go posting stupidity such as this to the file comments, please take a moment and realize that for all my glorious traits and skills, I am not psychic. If I'm going to help you, I need details. Things like what doesn't work, exactly. What you were doing when it stopped working. Which mods you run that may conflict. What version of Fallout 3 you run.
If your answer to that last one is anything other than 1.7, you're on your own. I offer no support to people who refuse to update their games.
When you have collected some useful data, feel free to ask your question then. Realize, however, that Fallout 3 is one of the crashingest games in the history of PC gaming. Sometimes, it simply does, and there's not a damned thing one you can do about it.
Q) I get all these red diamonds with your mod installed! Fix it!
A) RTFM. Red diamonds with a white exclamation point in the center are how the game denotes a missing mesh. Read the readme, under the installation section. Install it correctly this time.
Q) I see these items are bright purple...
A) See last answer, except pay attention to the textures folder, instead of meshes.
Q) With your [insert name of plugin] mod active, my game crashes on startup. If I uncheck it, everything is fine.
A) You're missing a master file. RTFM. Pay attention to the Requirements section. Required mods are not listed just for kicks.
Q) So, I'm having this problem with Refurbished...
A) Whoa, there, Bucko. I are not Fry1969. Fry1969 are not me. You got problems with the RR Companions Vault master, come here to bitch at Nos. You got problems with RR_Refurbished, go ask Fry. However, before you annoy either one of us, please take a look and at least try to figure out which your problem is with - the plugin or the master. It saves us all quite a bit of time.
I also want to note that I am not: Herculine, Toadlet, NeilUK02, or Polarbearcub777. Thus, I will not likely be able to help you with issues regarding their companions.
Q) Could you rewrite your mod to be compatible with...
Q) It'd be really great if you added this feature...
A) No. You want it? Learn the GECK, do it yourself. If you know of a better or more efficient way to do something the mod is already doing, I'll listen, but be aware most of the time I do things the way I do for a reason.
Q) Your companions are doing something weird.
A) Did you RTFM? Behavior and known, as-yet-unresolvable issues are both covered there. If you've got a new issue, go ahead and bring it to my attention, I'll see about getting it corrected.
Q) When is [insert name of removed plugin or feature] coming back?
A) It isn't. Removed things were removed for a reason. Some didn't work and were beyond my ability to repair. Some were beyond the ability of the game engine to realize properly. Some were simply things that I didn't care enough about to work on, and got tired of being pestered about.
Q) What's the jail for?/Didn't you use to be able to take prisoners?
A) This I thought was covered by the last snarky reply, but people are still asking. Still. The jail is in the Vault because originally, the mod included a system whereby one could take prisoners. This did not work. Plain and simple. I could delve into pages and pages of what exactly didn't work, and how we tried to fix it, but the end result is the same.
Because it didn't work, I removed it. Because I have no interest in enslaving people, I'm not putting it back and trying again.
If you're so hot on the idea of imprisoning people, I'll recommend to you the same thing I do to everyone else who asks: FNNCQ. Sesom got the whole thing working, so if you're into such things, I recommend his system.
That, and psychiatric care; 'cause if you want to enslave people you have some serious emotional issues that need working out. Just sayin'.
Q) You're an asshole!
A) You have no idea. And that wasn't a question.