It's not sarcasm, it's the truth. You act like I've never seen or heard this stuff happen before. All this is, is just a moral issue.
From day 1.....you had a CHOICE to password your tracks. If you weren't worried about a simple texture mod or someone removing pieces etc then, why do you get upset about it months later? Because someone put up a zip while the 'central' track downloading site was down? Everyone isn't FORCED to see the mods on the tracks. That's the good point about this game, you aren't forced to see things unless you have P2P on.The crying because of an added texture mod is pointless.
I know of many gaming commuinties that if linked here, they would die laughing because of the crying going on in here about tracks. Try making a map for any FPS game. Try making a track for any racing game. See how long it takes without any in-game stuff.......it takes many months to do, there is a track for rFactor that I've raced on where the author spent over 1 YEAR creating it. Not to mention that most other games, you need to shell out about $3,000+ for programs just to create things if you want something to look good. Freeware and some cheap programs will do the job, but not as good. Comparing TMN to other games is like comparing apples and oranges, just making a track for example....1-2 days compared to many months
. TMN is free all the way around, other games you have to PAY.
Everyones morals are different. As you, me and many others have seen in other communities, yes one would get flamed for something like this. But instead of getting into flame wars, do something about it. 1. Protect your stuff, one thing that you CAN NOT do in any game that I have played from what I can remember, unless you are a master coder that will allow a game to open files but needs a password for a user to open. 2. Court for copyright infringement. Note my post above about this. Morally is it wrong? Depends on how people think. For me, if I wanted to add a texture mod to a TMN track, I'd do it...and do it the same way Zhad did, with the author name showing in the title. The author still gets credit for the 'dirty work', they did not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to create the track, they did not spend months to create the track, finally they did not password it. No password on a game that you have the option to do it in means open game for all. The author loses absolutely NOTHING when a track gets a texture mod. Removing, adding and moving pieces is a different story. Messing with the layout is wrong. There is a huge difference between moving pieces and adding a few dds files.
I've mainly been part of the Papyrus sim racing community since their very first title, Indianapolis 500: The Simulation (1989) I have seen people get flamed for stealing, changing, adding......others' stuff. It's pretty rare to see. Other games, it may be more common. I don't usually read many boards other than stuff I've already been a part of. Not to be a put down to anyone, but, in that community you don't really see as much whining and crying as you do here. Because they are a more mature group that spend thousands of dollars( for steering wheels, computer upgrades, even mini simulators in their home) to enjoy a game. Not worry about ranking or to have stuff messed with. There's like an 'unwritten' written code that all follow about using other peoples stuff. And it's mainly the new guys that break it.
All-in-all the only ones that have a RIGHT to any crying is NADEO( or game developers in a broad sense ) The people adding things to the games(text. mods, car shapes...) are breaking the EULA that they agreed to before installing the game. Unless there's an official kit of some sort from the Devs. TMN allows alot of stuff, but I don't recall seeing a button to press to add a full texture mod like the way you can add signs, car shapes etc. THEY are the ones making money because of modders. Albeit probably a small amount. That brings me back to these tracks. The authors are out nothing by having a texture modded track on a busy server.
If you are worried about pointless track awards from TMX....From my time on on the 440 server, Zhad states that these are tracks from there and if they like it to go award it. Does it really matter if it has a texture mod? NO. So crying because you are out of nothing just makes you look like a spoiled teenager that doesn't get their way all the time. Be mature ask to have stuff removed and go back to fix the mistake that YOU made. This is not a mistake by the ones who add mods to tracks.
Being mature about things will take you a long way in life. If you act like a kid you'll know how dirt tastes.