Ok lets get this straight......
as far as im aware u cant just use a skin when u want , the map has the characters has the the skin...
Right custom files will only work on unpure servers (sv_pure 0). If you join an unpure server where 1 team is the terrorists and the other the marine and you have a skin pack that replaces the default terrorist skins then you'll see your skinpack while selecting your identity for the terrorist team. It's not set by the server, What team for X map is set when X person built the map. Yes if nobody else has that skin pack then you'll be the only one that see's those skins. Different maps have different team identities (civillian, marine, terrorist etc). So if you have a skin pack to replace each default team in sof2 then you'll be able to use those skins providing the server is unpure and again you'll be the only person that see's those skins. If a server is pure (sv_pure 1) then you cant play with the custom files, Only files that came with the game and files the server has. DO NOT change/delete any of the standard game files or your game wont funtion properly and you'll be booted out of 90% of servers for mismatch files. So basically it's like this any skin you download for MP will replace the default skin file with the one you have providing the server is unpure.
Not quite ace. You can use those skins on a pure server ( sv_pure 1) if that server has them on said server. It is still a PURE server. Just allowing the use of said pack.
MerrickDSNot quite ace. You can use those skins on a pure server ( sv_pure 1) if that server has them on said server. It is still a PURE server. Just allowing the use of said pack.
Your right there is that & the other way wich we wont go into ;). I personally dont like pure servers too much hassle and just boaring. Unpure you can change the look/sound etc of things when you want. :)