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Issue with single author on OHM Issue Tools
issueid=1174 01-17-2015 03:59 PM
Addon Developer
Issue with single author on OHM
Currently the uploader = author with add-ons uploaded on OHM, I think this should change

4throck brought up a point that has been an issue with Orbit Hangar Mods since the beginning which is that the uploader of an add-on = the true author of that uploaded add-on. This might have worked when OHM was first launched when the community was smaller, but this is not the case any more. It's more common now that an add-on is a collaborative effort of several people, than just the work of one.

This is a problem if a add-on has multiple authors, like one of my early add-ons, more specifically this one: http://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=772

This created a problem for me which I didn't discover until after I had uploaded it and tried to update it with a new version. I couldn't as the OHM DB didn't recognize me as the original uploader. So deleting/updating it is a complete impossibility.

One way to change this is simply change the "Author" field to be "Uploader". Another is adding a second field altogether which is "Author" and would be separate from "Uploader". This would solve some problems with proper crediting.
Issue Details
Issue Type Feedback
Project Site Support
Status Closed
Priority 1 - Highest
Regarding Version 3.8.6_PL1
Regarding Version (none)
Users who agree 3
Users who disagree 0
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01-17-2015 06:33 PM
Enthusiast !
 
Second that.

Some solution that allowed for multiple authors, original author, derived add-on, dependencies, etc, etc would make things clearer on some cases.
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01-17-2015 07:45 PM
Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
 
We could theoretically allow a "Collaborators" option, but because of how the system works currently one account will always "own" the addon itself (manage updates etc).

In the not-too-distant future we might be able to add arbitrary groups of users and allow anyone in the group to upload on its behalf, say, for an SSU dev group. Would that help resolve the problem? Any suggestions for improvements to OHM are particularly welcome at the moment.
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01-17-2015 08:37 PM
Addon Developer
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyon
 We could theoretically allow a "Collaborators" option, but because of how the system works currently one account will always "own" the addon itself (manage updates etc).
Yes, currently the system is a bit dated and not really in sync with how the community operates. Until the system has been updated, I guess my first suggestion which is to simply change so that "Author" reads "Uploader" is the simplest one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyon
 In the not-too-distant future we might be able to add arbitrary groups of users and allow anyone in the group to upload on its behalf, say, for an SSU dev group. Would that help resolve the problem?
It would be a much needed improvement over the current system.
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01-17-2015 11:30 PM
Enthusiast !
 
Let's keep it simple and change author to uploader.
Then at a future date add author fields.
That would work and don't break what we have right now.
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01-18-2015 09:22 PM
Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
 
Both changes have been incorporated into OHM.
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01-19-2015 09:22 AM
Enthusiast !
 
Thanks!
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