New Mod Rating System

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After some discussion with the other staff, we've decided to implement a rating system for mods. Before anyone shouts 'BUT ____', here's a few things I want to be clear on:

1. This will NOT be an arbitrary rating of how 'good' or 'bad' a mod is. Ratings will be based on the amount of effort that was required to produce the mod in question... that's much easier to be objective on. Typically, however, mods that require a lot of effort to make will be ones people want to download the most. Hard work always pays off.

2. We will not be using a numerical rating system. I could go into more depth, but I'll just say it's a stupid way to rate mods. Instead, we'll be using four distinct categories:

Beginner - What the name implies. Mods in this category include .utc or .uti edits and simple reskins.

Basic - Mods that require moderate effort to make. Most mods into this category. They include dialogue edits, simple scripts and models, or skins that took more than a few minutes but aren't anything totally new.

Advanced - Like the name implies, it requires an above average knowledge of modding both games to produce something advanced. Included are brand new textures (ones you've created yourself from scratch), new areas or quests, and models that involve a fair degree of effort (which almost always accompanied by new textures).

Very advanced - Mod of the year material. Examples include Brotherhood of Shadow, the Ultimate Saber Mod, stoffe's combat simulation arena, recruitable Kay and the as-of-yet unreleased TSLRP (there are more, but these are good examples). While these match the criterion for advanced mods, they've clearly gone above and beyond the previous category in some way.

3. Right, now that everyone knows the criterion for our four categories I'll go a bit into the social aspects of them:

Beginner - There's no shame in your first mods being given a beginner rating... we were all beginners at some point. And in any case, you should only be modding for your own satisfaction. If that comes from making a hundred .uti edits, more power to you.

Basic - There's nothing wrong with your mod receiving this rating, but there's nothing particularly amazing about it either. It's thoroughly average.

Advanced - You should feel proud and speshul inside at your mod receiving this rating!

Very advanced - I think this is self-explanatory. You get your own cult of personality if you make one of these!

4. This rating system will be tried out on the latest 50 files we've received. After the current poll is over, there will be a new one regarding this system. Depending how on how well it goes over, the staff may choose to go back and rate all the mods we've ever received.

5. The rating system will be implemented by inserting 'Mod Rating _____' at the top of each review in bolded font. Should be easy enough to spot. For future reviews, I'll try and elaborate on why the mod in question was given the rating it received.

4. This rating system will be tried out on the latest 50 files we've received. After the current poll is over, there will be a new one regarding this system. Depending how on how well it goes over, the staff may choose to go back and rate all the mods we've ever received.

5. The rating system will be implemented by inserting 'Mod Rating _____' at the top of each review in bolded font. Should be easy enough to spot. For future reviews, I'll try and elaborate on why the mod in question was given the rating it received.

If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or opinions feel free to post them here. Also feel free to send them to the staff privately, whatever floats your boat.

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