I'm not going to copy and paste this time, but I'm genuinely beginning to wonder if the forces of Ancient Darkness which I not-so-humbly serve aren't actively trying to keep me from releasing a new mod.
I got a PM this afternoon. Now, it was clear the sender wasn't a complete genetic defective - no vapid smileys, or horrific intarwebz contractions or such. But nonetheless... it was clear the sender couldn't understand my documentation at all.
The problem, it appears (I say appears, because reading the PM makes my head hurt - I'm not sure whether I just need more caffeine in my blood or not) that the problem is the pretty red diamonds again.
The sender informs me that FO3 "isn't in programs folders", and that the "candy-like button is checked" (??!!?) and that my readme says activate archiveinvalidation, but "the archive doesn't allow it"...
Now, my first reaction is that of a dog, looking at a telephone handset that has its master's voice coming out of it. "....wait, what? *headtilt*"
But my next thought is wondering how much I want to bother.
See, you guys have to understand my contrary nature. I want to help you. I really do, and I don't mind doing it. Some of you have been more than worth helping out with a minor detail here and there. You're intelligent people who just got bushwhacked by an issue that was horribly unintuitive. It happens, and you shouldn't be faulted for that.
The problem is, you intelligent folks who are worth my time, make up about 5% of the help requests I get.
The rest are people who ask for help in broken English, and who once helped I never hear from again. Literally, the only way I usually know if my fix worked is if they stop bitching at me and the channel goes silent.
This brings me to my quandary. As I've said, if I do the Tower for public release, I want to do it right.
I'm going to swap out textures for floor and walls, add scenic-view windows; I've got a whole host of freely-redistributable modders' resources - drapes, appliances, and so forth.
And I'm really wondering... how much more stupidity am I going to be making myself the target for if I release this small monster? Granted, I can offset some by packing resources into a bsa file... but that won't solve everything. When people can't even be bothered to read the instructions for how to operate archiveinvalidationinvalidated...
Granted, I'm being a nihilist again. I know that the new mod would likely connect me with some good people, as the RR Companions Vault itself has over the last year and a half.
...I just know that one of these days the demon is going to slip its leash and I'm going to tell someone to go fuck their mother in response to a bitchy PM, and I'll shortly thereafter be banned from the Nexus.
Mm... House-esque flash of inspiration. Idea for script and setup to allow scenic windows' view to change based on time of day... *scribbles notes to self*
...What was I saying, again?