- Mar 18, 2008
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I don't get the big issue here, either.If by "fetch" you mean pipe the data through your server for user convenience, then you should talk to the OF staff if they'd consider that ok. Also, you should clearly mark in the download that the file will be delivered from another site.
If you just link to the OF page where the mod can be downloaded, then there's not actually a problem. There's not really any reasonable objection anybody could make to that.
So there might also be a communications issue here: From what you wrote so far, I always had the impression that you were planning to host the mods previously on OH, and I suspect most people thought the same. If you're not actively going to host the files, a lot of the issues go away. If you're not even piping the data through your server, there's no issues whatsoever.
Did everybody discussing here actually try the site? It is a plain search form that lists result links in a plain manner, and if you click the link, you navigate to the O-F page for that add-on. It can't get anymore basic linking than that.
If the issue is that the site's cache is generated by fetching meta-data from O-F (in a resource-minimizing manner), then I really see some sort of monopoly thinking. Please don't say that we've staggered into that territory.