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@Empirez, I'm never quite sure whether you're sarcastic. Was there a problem with the old published/unpublished system or do you support bringing it back? Hopefully you'll not try to troll me but type your actual opinion.
What I read doesn't suggest that they're disallowing non-members and rippers to create hub entries. They just won't be listed in the search index. I do hope they do have a system for searching through unlisted hubs though.
What I support is a variant of this. The old published/unpublished thing didn't work too well because it wasn't efficiently handled. We need a more streamlined interface for submitting games to be "published" (perhaps an automated ticket system, or a "published candidate" checkbox in the hub management page), and also more volunteers to evaluate games.
This can be done along with the deviate system, or instead of it. I think both options work.
Is anyone else...slightly worried by this?
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A hub is almost useless if it isn't listed somewhere. One of BYOND's appeals is a shared playerbase, which is only possible because of the hub (listing) system.
It seems that with this new hub creating, only members will be able to submit them for listing(but still need approval), is this a ploy to make people buy memberships to give their games more publicity or do you find making it a membership only thing is for the better?
Limiting submission to members was a good decision to cut down on this, but I still believe it will lead to an overflow of submitted games.