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WoWMatrix responds to Curse and WoW Interface {WoW}

May 6th 2009 1:39PM "Curse led us to believe that WM was pirating their bandwidth and poor Curse was a helpless victim. But, as soon as they got significant traffic on their PoS client, they tried to force us to pay."

I don't think it's an either/or thing. It was costing them a lot of money... *and* they're charging for a worse client than WM. I'm sympathetic to their position, which is basically "addon updaters use a lot of bandwidth, which costs us money, which we'd like to get paid for".

"And I really would like some comment from the 'knowledge wants to be free' crowd on charging for GPL / GNU code."

The standard position of the free software crowd is that charging for your GPL software is just peachy, so long as you include the source with it, and don't try to restrict other people's ability to redistribute it. So they seem to be doing fine.

WoWMatrix responds to Curse and WoW Interface {WoW}

May 6th 2009 1:35PM "both Curse and WoWInterface are more concerned about their own profits than working with us to help better serve the gaming community."

Sure. They're for-profit companies. They want to make money. They want to avoid people leeching off them. That's not wrong.

However, if Curse and WoWI did misrepresent WM's offers, then that wasn't very good of them.

WM's problem, in part, is that it suffers from having a somewhat shady reputation amongst authors after they started out hosting people's addons with attribution stripped. It left a bunch of relevant people inclined to mistrust them.

Curse, by contrast, is being pretty good to us. They just launched a profit-sharing thing, which is giving me a small-but-respectable amount of money every day.

Northern Exposure Map helps you hunt rare game {WoW}

Apr 25th 2009 2:52PM Using an addon like SilverDragon ( ) is probably a good idea, too. It'll pop up a notification when you come within range of a rare you've never seen before. Makes it much easier to find 'em.

Addon Spotlight: Mr. Plow {WoW}

Aug 6th 2008 6:02AM Bankstack only interacts with the guild bank through slashcommands. If you were just clicking the fubar plugin, it would be trying to sort your personal bank.

You can do, say, "/sort guild1" to sort tab 1 of the guild bank.

(This really is a deliberate design choice. Meddling with the guild bank is slow, and can annoy others. Rearranging the whole thing should require a very deliberate action to be taken.)

Enter to win a Spectral Tiger Mount from WoW Insider! {WoW}

Jul 25th 2007 7:23PM I like transparent cats, and I cannot lie.

It Came from the Blog: Midsummer Fire Festival {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2007 6:22PM Are you going to organize a last-minute run on Stormwind, Ironforge, and Darnassus for the crown as well? :D

WoW Rookie: All you needed to know about stats, part 1 {WoW}

May 31st 2007 1:15PM As Mats said, Warlocks are all about the Stamina because of Life Tap, which allows you to exchange X health for X mana (or slightly more efficiently if you're into the Affliction tree).

This is extremely useful, because it lets you recharge your mana regardless of what you're doing; just drop on Siphon Life (a dot that heals you, in the Affliction tree), Drain Life, and Life Tap every now and then. Or your healer can effectively refill your mana. (If your healer is willing to do this, especially in combat, they are being very nice to you. Be very nice to them in return, okay?)

Because of this, my Warlock takes Stamina in slight preference to Intellect. It's more versatile, and it lets me take a few hits if the tank is less than on the ball. And an Affliction 'lock really doesn't care about crits.