iainhouse wrote:Please understand that we appreciate your efforts in scripting. I can see how this script could be very useful in the right hands. The real worry is that some of this script is already "out there".
Your original post was just the basic template for scanning across a large area. I downloaded it to see what it was doing and I'm sure that many others did as well. Now that you're posting code to go "inside" the script, that's available to anyone who downloaded the original script. Also, to be honest, you're supplying ideas to the sort of people who are simply looking for ways of gaining points.
There's also a UK-specific reason for resistance to the script. The main examples you have posted so far all touch on the UK in particular ways. We have script-based access to an open government database of road names, so for UK editors, a single click will set the road name, correctly abbreviated. In combination with the Highlighting script, incorrect abbreviations are actually a very small problem. We also have most of our railroads correctly mapped, because one of our CMs blitzed most of them a while back. Finally, we have a local problem with unnecessary locking/unlocking - something we're working to bring under control.
Really, I would be far more comfortable if your script was distributed like WME-Toolbox. It sounds like you have some reasonable reservations about this. Perhaps if you got together with Oyyodams, you guys might be able to work something out. The source code for Toolbox has been made available to the global champs only for review.
As I said, we've got nothing against you, or the intentions you have with this script. It's the potential for abuse that is making people nervous.
We already have WME Toolbox that does very similar things. Your code requires someone comfortable with scripts and coding. It's very easy to cause major problems to the map. Interface should be different. You could include options as buttons rather those examples you had in the form above. An editor could easily make mistake entering/modifying those small scripts or have bad intentions to get points. I strongly agree with iainhouse that you should get together with Oyyodams work something together and limit distribution of this script to Champs only. I also, don't think it's enough to just ask "Not to distribute" You may have to put some kind of lock like Oyyo's script in a way that only champs could download.
Either way, I'm NOT comfortable using this at all and you can count me out. Sorry....