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Our New Updater (MMOUI Minion) FAQ
1. What Operating Systems will it work on?
It will work on Windows, Mac and Linux2. Will it auto update on me?
There is an option for you to have it auto-update your AddOns for you, but this option is off by default.3. Is there a “premium” version?
Sort of. There will be one version of it for everyone. The only difference that users will see right now is that if a user is a Premium Member on our sites, then whenever they are on one of our tabs (more about those down further) they won’t see ads on the updater. If they aren’t a Premium Member on our sites, there will be one 300x250 ad block in the lower right corner that they will see.4. This means it isn’t “crippled” in any way?
That is correct. There will be an “Update all” button that will work for everyone, whether you are a Premium Member on our sites or not. There won’t be any throttling of download speed if you aren't a Premium Member. The only difference right now will be whether or not there are ads showing when on our tabs.5. Will it datamine the way some other clients do?
No, it will not datamine on its own. Please note, however, that other sites (like Wowhead, Zam, etc.) may choose to write modules for it that you will have the option of installing so you can upload your data to them using the same program.6. Modules? What do you mean, modules?
The way it is being written, anyone who wants to write a module for it to allow it to add functionality for their site will be able to do so. This means that there could be a module for it to work for Curse. Or one for wowui.incgamers. Or Wowhead, or Zam, or ….7. But, isn’t that what you guys were complaining about with WowMatrix in the first place? That they were downloading from your site without your permission?
No, the difference here is that:8. Don't I have to worry about modules being keyloggers?
While you should always be concerned about your security, Minion provides something known as a "Security Manager" which oversees the operation of all modules. Modules cannot do many high-security things, and must declare to the user two things:9. Can we get a look at the API we’ll need to use to write these modules?
Yup, Shirik has posted the alpha version of the API here.10. Will there be a way to ignore a mod?
Yes. There is going to be a right-click menu on the updater that will allow you to ignore a mod always (ie you normally get it from another site and you don’t want it to download from our site), or ignore it just once (ie normally you update it from our site, but you don’t want to this one time, for whatever reason)11. What about getting more info on a mod, like the change log or description?
This will be another option on the right-click menu.12. And author donation requests?
Any author who has donation requests enabled on the site will also have those donation requests showing on the updater.13. Will the beta test for it be public?
Yes, the beta test will be public.14. How long until it is ready for beta testing? Why isn’t it ready now?
We can’t give you an answer on when it will be ready. We hope it will be ready soon, but the answer to the second half of the question is why we can’t give you a definitive answer to the first part.15. Then why did you block WowMatrix when you didn’t have a viable alternative?
Simply put, we didn’t have an alternative. (This is NOT to lay blame on them, so please don’t go taking it out of context.) Curse was in a position where they were ready to block WowMatrix. They were going to be going ahead whether we did or not. If we didn’t do it at the same time, our site would have simply been crushed under the load, since it would have all fallen on us instead of being split between the two sites the way it was before. So we had two choices. We could block them, even though our updater isn’t ready, and still have our site be usable to anyone that wanted to come to the site; or we could not block them and just have our site be down completely, thereby making it so that no one could get to our site at all. We could wish our updater had been ready, so that we had a viable alternative to offer you, but see #14.16. Well what the heck am I supposed to do in the meantime?
While we know it isn’t ideal, you can still use our old updater. Details on it are in this thread. Alternately, you can use our favourites list:17. What does it look like so far?
18. Will I be able to search your site and install addons directly from the program?
Yes you will. You can see in the screenshots that there is a search box. You will be able to put terms in there and another box will pop up with suggested addons based on the terms you used and will show you the authors' descriptions of them. (You can see it in the screenshots).For extended, sometimes technical, details for some of what I’ve posted above, I’m copying over responses from some of our other threads/posts.
Here is some of the API info for the auto-updating of modules: http://www.wowinterface.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=22680
Last edited by Cairenn : 05-09-09 at 04:03 AM. Reason: Added Screenshot of the Security Manager
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