The fact that Nexus Mods was going to change its policy caused unease among mod makers. Nexus Mods said that the files uploaded to the site will not be allowed to be deleted from now on, because the new collections feature will offer mods that work in harmony with each other, and if a mod is deleted, other mods that require that mod will have problems. Mod makers will be able to archive their files instead of deleting them, so even though these mods cannot be downloaded from the site alone, they will be accessible through collections.
Nexus Mods marked August 5 for the transition to this change and announced that it would meet file deletion requests before this date. Arthmoor, the maker of popular mods such as Alternate Start – Live Another Life (a mod downloaded more than 8 million times), Open Cities, Ars Metallica – Smithing Enhancement, The Paarthurnax Dilemma, is among those who demanded that all mods be deleted from the site. He even wanted the mods he prepared for Oblivion and Morrowind to be deleted.
Arthmoor will now share its mods via AFK Mods, which only allows mods to be deleted.
“I hope the effort by various parties to create sites that respect modders’ right to delete their own content will be successful and the competition we need in this space will create,” says Arthmoor.
It is not known how many makers have requested mods to be deleted, but we can expect a significant decrease in the number of mods in Nexus Mods in the coming days.