Oh, goodness. A mini-mini-mini-shitstorm on the internet.
I think it helps to consider the different priorities set by different types of communities. Steam’s a commercial place mostly populated by players, so they’re prioritizing things that’re of interest to players, whereas we’re populated by collaborating content creators, so we’re prioritizing things that favour peacekeeping between content creators, like watching out for eachothers’ ownership rights and preemptively speaking out against things we see that stand to aggravate other authors before somebody gets upset. Doing that helps us get along, so it’s stabilizing to our social environment and we view it favourably.
If you’ve got a community comprised mostly of pure players, on the other hand, then availability of the content to the players is much more important than peacekeeping between individual content creators, and maintaining people’s willingness to cooperate with others just isn’t relevant. If an author leaves - who cares? There’ll be others. That’s appalling to us, yeah, because we actually give a damn, but to the rest of the world? Better part of 'em 'll probably just “meh”. So, sure. Tarot’s concern looks as overbearing and nosey to them as it looks reasonable and considerate to us. Perspectives.
It’s overall not very much in any of our interests to poke at that beehive, though. They’re quite right on some points. The content was created to be seen and used by players. The Vault, as a hosting platform, has no legal right to speak on behalf of the content. It’s in the best interests of the game for as much content as possible to be available to as many people as possible in as simple a fashion as possible. For NWN, and BD, it’d be very good for as much of the Vault content to get migrated to Steam as possible.
I think I’d recommend not giving very much of a damn. The nice part of the Steam ToS is that yes, if an author is upset about a copyright violation of their work, the rulebooks are entirely on their side. Let them do their thing, and us do ours, and if they start trying to bully creators on Steam or elsewhere, we support eachother and have fun building things as we always have.
Frickin’ glad to have you lot, anyway. I like our ‘snobby’ ethical standards a lot better than the love for rampant ad hominem practiced in a lot of other places on the internet.
Maybe we ought to be glad to keep the place somewhat reclusive. Imagine all the people with the short fuses suddenly started coming to and posting on the Vault, and we had to start filtering out the insults when reading people’s posts.