In every project I have encountered there arise these issues that get serious discussion. A while ago in this project is was a big discussion on vanilla doom vrs Boom extensions. Every time some group "wins" on one of these issues someone else "loses", and the losers generally go away and find something else. Each time the winning group gets smaller, tighter, acquire a few new people, and lose people who are turned away by the incompatibility with their path.
This project has advertised itself using terms like "Public", and such that I would believe that it was greater than just a bunch of guys doing their own wad. Are you truly dedicated to this being usable by the widest number of users, or am I just misled by something I read ??
For those of you who are "warm and happy" with the way things are right now, I point out that nothing I proposed would alter your situation in any way. You could still download the STD wad and ignore all the rest of the downloads. So why are you against it?? What I mean is, it doesn't seem to do you any harm, so why oppose this ??
I am interested in hearing any technical reasons why this would not work.
Would it really be difficult ??
Is is hard to get the space to provide such downloads??
Would it be that much work to maintain ?? As far as I can tell all that needs to be done is to have a directory where the webmaster puts the file. Is there more to it ??
Please do not flame at the following paragraph, I am not trying to poke anything at anyone, just an observation that disappoints me. I generally try to find solutions so that even the "losers" can get something of use and thus have a reason to participate. It is almost universal that trying to open up opportunities for others to participate are generally rejected by the current controlling group, and I have never found a good explanation. I suspect it has something to do with what it means to have control over something, and how hard it is to give up any. I cannot be that way, so I cannot understand it, so I just keep proposing these things.
Please note, only those so affected and in need of an alternative level would be motivated to modify a level and submit the modified level. Only those levels where someone felt it was necessary would anyone be motivated enough to go through the work. This idea only provides the structure, a method, and a place to keep the alternative levels. That keeps the forked levels "in house" and avoids the need to start whole new projects for "vanilla doom", "ZDoom", "easy FreeDoom", "expert FreeDoom", etc..
I am well aware of the 5 difficulty settings and the flags in THINGs.
But unless someone can point out how to use them to alter door delays, change the size of a gap that must be jumped, add switches, add a ramp from the bottom of a pit, make Boom extensions work in vanilla doom,
etc... I must stay with my proposal as it has much more capability.
For most levels the 5 difficultly settings will suffice, but for some they do not.
I hate to have to point this out, but there are people who have serious handicaps, things like one hand, paraplegic, tremors, etc.. I know most people do their best to ignore the handicapped but I thought that with support for downloading modified levels, that some consideration could be made for them too. It would of course be dependent upon someone having the urge to provide the modified levels. But I suspect that there are those who think, why should the handicapped be playing FreeDoom at all.
I suppose someone thinks that this is a "Legacy" workaround. It is not so please leave that issue in the other thread where I left it. This is a separate issue and is an idea to solve a general problem. I would NOT use this to make "Legacy" levels, and would not want to bring such levels here, it is easier to make a Legacy wad of my own as others have already done.
It is not to support my port or any other weird port. I do not need that kind of support nor would I want the kind of attention it brings. There are only two ports that I have noticed being seriously considered, vanilla doom, and Boom extensions + voodoo. I would leave it at that.
The problem is "creeping features". There is always going to be someone submitting a new level change that works for them but that gives problems to some other people, and some other ports. They will then argue how this new thing should be allowed, and how anyone who does not use a compatible port is obsolete, and how it was used on two other wads, etc. etc..