Thinking it might be nice feature. Many games can use dds texture injections like old game using texmod or umod. Currently forum doesn't support direct upload of it. Need to archive. Is there reason for this?
Each filetype needs to be specifically whitelisted. This policy exists partially to guard against risky filetypes (e.g. sharing naked EXEs) and partially to discourage reckless/excessive use of filespace (e.g. uploading an entire high-quality MP4 movie).
DDS in itself (as a filetype) seems reasonable. The one important complication involves intellectual property. The texture files themselves are presumably edited copies of files which were originally ripped from commercial games. Unless the files have been significantly modified (e.g. creative input and remixing to the point that they're barely recognizable), they'd still be the intellectual property of the original creators. As such, uploading them to the Undertow fileserver would run afoul of the website rules:
I'm not totally opposed to the idea of DDS files being allowed, but we'd need to monitor those files carefully. Staff members would have trouble distinguishing "totally original texture" from "creative edit/mashup/refitting of someone else's work" from "ripped file with no changes whatsoever."
I'll notify d£t
. If anyone has any additional thoughts on this topic then they're welcome to reply to this thread or contact detritus directly.
That make complete sense. I had not thought about such things. I am against pirating and copyright infringe and would rather see without the feature if it helps. Thanks for explaining to me.
My thought on this now that it is brought up. There is no difference between uploading .dds and .rar which contain .dds inside if the content itself is bad. It is up to end user and community to monitor and report bad files. I think the problem is difficulty in distinguish which files are bad but the problem is not restricted to file type. File type is merely inconvenience for modders uploading while bad content is still shared within rar or whatever.