And that mentality would only be liable to leave you chasing ghosts n' digital shadows to no effect, to leave any community you were hoping to contribute to (and already have the necessary skills to do so) indefinitely waiting, not to mention set the same unproductive example for other new editors still active nowadays. Wishing to do right by previous creators/authors active in such special interest communities through their freely volunteered, user-generated content is the right instinct to follow, morally speaking, but what "doing right" actually entails is neither immutable over time n' context, nor does it make sense for it to be assessed in isolation, and separately from, say, what a current modder's optimal contribution to said communities could potentially be. Put shortly, insisting on honouring a departed and potentially disappeared author's wishes with regard to treatment n' acceptable adaptation of their creations (whether expressed or just presumed) could carry the actual implication of preventing a greater benefit to the remaining population from being realized, all because of misplaced good intentions or moralism. That is why observing the chain of attribution in places like filename tags, LevelInfo properties and Uscript comments remains the more sensible, realistic and sustainable method of preserving history, honouring departed benefactors in communities like UT's as well as inspiring new members to continue trying their hand in the various modding disciplines, and why I believe CEONSS has been following that particular modus operandi since its inception instead of refusing to ever touch any map or other piece of custom content until or unless staff or affiliate editors received explicit permission from the entire chain of its previous author(s) n' editor(s).Lightning_Hunter wrote:[...]Either way, I would not have released [an improved edit] without permission from whoever built the map.[...]
I can't presume to tell you (or anyone else) how you should act regarding an issue as sensitive and multi-faceted as non-profit modification of other's previous work, but I'd at least hope you can consider the above points in the process of your views' evolution down the road.
Oh, and welcome to the msg. board!