Most who read this post will probably think that I am preaching to the choir. However, due to having had the following grievances with wads released recently and not-so-recently, I feel that there is still a large body within the Doom community which is not quite aware...
BEFORE YOU RELEASE YOUR WAD:
- If you have used textures from another project, please be aware of the original source of the textures, both so you may credit those responsible, and so you may use the texture pack(s) that the textures came from rather than including them in your wad, saving yourself bandwidth when uploading and everyone else bandwidth when downloading. Redundantly speaking: Redundancy is highly inconvenient. If you must release your wad with a few megabytes worth of custom textures, please provide an alternate download for those of us who already have downloaded texture packs containing these textures. Good example, found in various wads: "This wad requires gothictx.wad."
Some texture packs may be found at [link to afterglow's].
- While custom sounds may be cool, in many cases they are simply a novelty, providing no enhancement to gameplay or atmosphere. If you must release them with your wad, please provide an alternate download stripped of the custom sounds. Rule of thumb: If it is not a "total conversion," "partial conversion," or "mod," then it probably doesn't need any custom sound replacements. Additional sounds for ambient effects are a different story.
- A custom TITLEPIC and so on for a one or two level wad? Oh come on...
BEFORE YOU RELEASE YOUR ZDOOM-SPECIFIC WAD:
- Please, PLEASE do NOT include the TERRAIN lump with the splash sounds and sprites from Hexen. Corwin has already created such a wad for ZDoom users to have auto-loaded containing these TERRAIN-lump definitions, sprites, and sounds, so by including these, you are including redundant entries and wasting bandwidth for everyone who downloads your wad. Corwin's TERRAIN definitions and splash sprites/sounds wad, revision three, may be found at [link to Nigel's, point to splash3.wad]. This is more a matter of community awareness and less common-sense, so it is more forgivable than the other points, but equally annoying.
I know this thread will either end up ignored, ATTN, or Post-Helled. In any case, please post replies describing any other common annoyances you have noticed so that mappers may read and be aware. If you have anything to add, please post.
Everything is under control.