In the old E:wom forum we used a series of tags on our posts to tell the user what the status was of the mods. The idea was that the user should be able to tell, at a glance, what was inside the thread. It was also meant to simplify searching for the modder - for example, he could search for the tag eINFO and find all the various pieces of information. The system was detailed by Gazz_ here: http://forums.elementalgame.com/394868
(more to be added when someone comes up with something useful)
- [eMOD] Modname v1.01
A mod released to the public in whatever shape you feel fit for release.
If current version and date of release are not in the main subject, the subtitle would be a good spot for those.
Adding a second tag for [eWIP] would be pointless because practically every mod is and stays work in progress forever.
eMOD and eWIP should therefore be mutually exclusive.
- [eWIP] Modname v0.1
Work in progress but not deemed ready for a public release, yet. There may be a way to download a beta version or help with the development... or not.
- [eLIB] Map tiles for the giant redwood, the larch, the fir, the mighty scots pine
Libraries can cover pretty much anything but are (usually) completely pointless for the end user to even look at.
This is technical stuff from modders for modders. They could be created models or icons for use as map tiles, altered textures, scripts, items...
Anything that is designed to be included in other mods and/or scripts.
- [eINFO] How to use custom music for the cavalry charge of singing horses
Often enough it happened to me that I remembered that someone posted some important info about how to hammer
a particular round peg through that square hole in the game engine.
Alas, those gems are terribly hard to find when you don't know the exact wording. Being able to filter all such posts would be more productive.
- [eTUT] Creating weapons with active effects
In principle the same as eINFO but more verbose - a tutorial rather than a critical bit of information.
- [eUTIL] Toolmaker v1.01
A tag for tools that help with something like creating XML or exporting textures to .dds
I think it would be great if people used these tags for FE as well. Some mods may require multiple tags, in which case it's simply [eMOD/eLIB] and so on.
Also, I would generally recommend that you put in the thread title what version of FE the mod is for. For example a title might be
[eMOD] ExpandedFactions 3.4 for FE 1.2
This allows the users to quickly avoid mods that stop being updated as the game is updated.