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Whats new in Collections?

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When we originally made Collections publicly available, we knew that we still had a lot we wanted to improve on. Since then, we’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard on new features and improvements. Here are some of the changes that are going live this week.


Bug Reports Feature

We’ve built a new bug reporting feature from scratch, allowing Nexus Mods members to raise bugs on Collections for the Curator’s attention.

To leave a bug report you must be logged in to a Nexus Mods account and have already downloaded the Collection. We also provide a useful template, encouraging you to include helpful information for the Curator. When a bug report is raised, the Curator will get a notification. 

Curators will be able to close bugs, marking them as ‘Fixed’, ‘Not a Bug’, or ‘Won’t Fix’, as well as reopen them.  When a bug is closed, the Reporter will get a notification. 

Reporters and Curators will be able to discuss bug reports by using a comments feature, which we’ll be actively improving over the coming weeks and months.






Collections Search

We have now added a search function so you can find a specific Collection or, one with your search term in the Collection summary or description.




Collection Rating Changes

What was the problem?

Collection ratings were based on feedback for the latest revision. What this meant is that every time an update was released, a Collection’s rating was reset and brought back to 0%. This didn’t help anyone looking at a Collection with making a decision on whether to download it. Also, this wasn’t fair for Curators who might have had great ratings previously.

What have we done?

To improve the situation, we’ve replaced the current rating system with two brand-new ratings:

  • All Time Total: This ‘Overall’ rating includes every feedback ever given.
  • Last 30 Days: This ‘Recent’ rating only includes feedback from the last 30 days.

When you view a list of Collections for a game, say Stardew Valley, the ratings you see on each Collection are now the ‘All Time Total’. The filter and sort options on the page also use ‘All Time Total’.

When you view an individual Collection, you’ll be able to see the ‘All Time Total’ and ‘Last 30 Days’ ratings (more on this in the next section).


Collection Header Re-design

What was the problem?

When viewing a Collection there’s a lot of information to digest and most of that is displayed right at the top of the page. With the introduction of the new ‘All Time Total’ and ‘Last 30 Days’ ratings, we had even more information to display within an already small space.

We also knew, from user feedback, that we had issues with text legibility against background images, important information like endorsements was getting lost, and some information was duplicated or unclear.

What have we done?

We’ve re-designed the Collection page, giving more space to important information like endorsements, download statistics, and ratings. Text is more legible as it no longer shares space with background or tile images, giving Curators more freedom in the media they choose.

Specific information about the revision you’re viewing has moved down, into the ‘About’ tab, keeping the focus on Collection data.

The ‘Endorse’ button has also been updated with a new playful animation, which you can see in action below.





Flagging Collections as ‘Adult’

What was the problem?

Originally, we decided that the best approach to flagging Collections as containing ‘Adult’ content was to be overly cautious. If any revision contained at least one ‘Adult’ mod, the Collection would be flagged as ‘Adult’.

Based on user feedback and testing, we realised that this intended behaviour was having unforeseen consequences. Collections intended to be ‘safe for work’ were being flagged as ‘Adult’ based on changes beyond the Curator’s control. For example, a Mod in a Collection getting flagged as ‘Adult’ after being included in a Collection.

What have we done?

We’ve changed the way that ‘Adult’ labels are applied to Collections, giving Curators more flexibility and control. Now if the latest revision of a Collection does not include any ‘Adult’ Mods, it will not be flagged as ‘Adult’. Any older revisions which do include ‘Adult’ mods will be flagged as ‘Adult’.

When selecting a revision of a Collection, we’ve also added ‘Adult’ labels so that you know which will and won’t include that type of content.


Bundled Assets

What was the problem?

A Collection’s bundled assets were grouped with the off-site requirements. This was causing confusion for some users, as bundled content is automatically downloaded and there’s no need to go off-site to fetch it.

What have we done?

Introduced a new ‘Bundled Assets’ section to the Mods section on Collection pages, clearly separating it out from off-site requirements.




What’s next?

We’re not done yet, there’s still plenty of left work to do on Collections. Here’s a short summary of what we’re working on next:



Let us know how we're doing using our new Feedback page.

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  1. ChicagoJoe
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    Filter Collections by Mod(s)

    God yes this!
  2. Aelothon
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    all collections are grey-out for me? not sure what to do about that 
  3. moonkull9
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    may I ask? are authors themselves ok about there mods being used in collections when they don't want them to. if that happens            
    1. imwilk3
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      It does happen and the authors have had mixed responses. Some left the modding community, others embrace it as a new horizon. Overall it would seem as authors continue posting new mods they are OK with it.
    2. codeblackcrash
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      I'm 1000% okay with my mods being used in collections. I literally cannot understand why someone would be against it. It makes it easier for end users and gets more people exposure to an author's work.
    3. Roccondil
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      Why wouldn't they? it's essentially as if the curator was a youtuber sharing good mods in a video, with links in the description below.

      Except now there is just one link that auto-downloads everything, rather than the viewer having to go to every mod individually and hit the button there. And as I understand it the mod's analytics are still appropriately updated for the mod's author as if the mod was downloaded from the page directly.
    4. tesnexus8
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      I'm also fine with it, but if you "literally cannot understand" why many people didn't feel the same way maybe this'll help:

      Some authors didn't want to deal with even more mod-conflict "bug" reports caused by integrators missing an interaction and putting a mod that guaranteed problems with theirs in a collection.

      Others objected to having control of their work taken away from them. Say the Nexus expresses an opinion a few months from now that an author finds morally unacceptable: that women and blacks don't deserve civil rights, for example. With collections, those authors have lost the ability to remove their mods from the site in protest, and could even be viewed as endorsing that position when in reality they're opposed to it.

      Others had different reasons, but those were the two big ones. There are significant pros and cons on both sides, with a lot of nuance to some of them: it's a more complex issue than it looks, and unfortunately one that didn't have an answer that could keep everyone happy, which is why quite a few high-profile modders chose to leave the Nexus over it rather than accept the negatives. You and I don't have to feel the same way, but that doesn't make their response any less valid.
  4. Sedition1111
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    As someone who had to reinstall Skyrim and related mods a few times due to various issues, the collection section has been an absolute godsend...a master-stroke of genius. When OOTD and several Beyond Skyrim mods come out, I'll probably have to do it again. The collections makes it to where I use FAR less profanity on the reload.
    The fact that some minor issues are being worked on is just extra icing on the cake. One helluva job!
  5. XilaMonstrr
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    Awesome! I'm looking forward to more updates
  6. pyrosmerfzx
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    I love every bit of this!
    Thank You for you hard work and diligence in refining and perfecting our Modding experience.
    I look forward to the many years to come!
  7. codeblackcrash
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    Cool stuff here. I'd love to see some of these UI changes (and especially the Markdown WYSIWYG editor) brought over to the standard Nexus site.

    Also, is there a way for mod pages to show what collections they're a part of? Sort of like the Mods requiring this file section on mod pages.
    1. Pickysaurus
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      A good chunk of what we've built here will be reusable with mod pages when they get moved to Nexus Mods Next. 

      As for your other point. This is what we mean by "Filter Collections by Mod(s)" in the "What's next?" section. :) 
  8. 84Cronos
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    I'm thankful for all the curators who take the time to create these awesome collections, but can we, the mod authors, please get some kind of indication which collections are including our mods? That would be very helpful.
    1. Pickysaurus
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      We've mentioned that feature specifically in the "What's next?" section at the bottom ;) 
    2. codeblackcrash
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      Nice! Very much looking forward to that.
  9. kaneone
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    HO HO this is going to be a s*** show....no offense, but I don't think you guys truly understand what a collection of mods means in skyrim. For example: the bug section is going to be flooded with all sorts of unsolved problems such as compatibility issues, performance issues, unwanted/redundant contents, lacking of certain bundle of bug fixes. And you know the fun part is?....No one has the expertise to fix them because they are not bugs themselves individually but a collective issue. Then it eventually makes the users to fix them at last. So it's all the same except this time it's you guys are handing the troubles. Let them decide what to download, you are not making things easier.

    Or, if you guys accept finished mod packs and willing to give us some credit for them, I believe a lot of people would upload their perfect version of skyrim for you.
    1. Messiha666
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      Aren't you just describing Wabbajack?

      Also, regarding the flooded bug section part - I heartily invite you to pick any heavily endorsed mod and browse its bug section. They're already hopelessly stuffed with barely coherent issues like 'mod dont work???' and 'crash my gaem' in the hundreds.
      Remains to be seen how well curated those Collections are going to be.
    2. a1racer
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      dude probably the best mod pack on here https://next.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/collections/9zfscf has a dude who fixes bugs updates his stuff ever couple weeks and it's basically a great experience out of the box and has like 1k mods but people downvote it because it's hard or because they don't like survival, that dude worked his ass off his mod list is pretty awesome he has fixed a majority of user reported issues but it has an average score because people can't figure out fighting and survival are tough    

      to come on and say basically i love wabbjack we all know you do, and nexus sucks is a little bit of a bad take specifically when these are made for everybody and anybody not just darkest corner of the web wabbajack users ( ive used wabbajack as well but the collections limited at best)    
    3. Messiha666
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      That's pretty funny, imo. As dumb as Hard = Boo might be, it does still kinda contribute some popularity. Might just go and give it a look, actually. Always wanted to play Requiem.

      As for the apparent effort that went into providing custom-made compatibility patches and on-going bugfixes - that's pretty cool to see. Willing to go on a limb here and say that it's also probably gonna be a tad rare. That's a heck of a workload to stay on top of and I can imagine not everyone's willing to hassle with that, instead just leaving things at well enough. Which, you know, is also fine. Gamebreaking bugs and glitches aside, of course.
    4. kaneone
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      If the list consists a lot of animation mods, well, good luck sorting them all out, as far as I can see the collection got nothing for such functionality.
    5. a1racer
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      yeah, the dude has released a lot of his patches to the public making it a lot easier to find requiem patches. and as far as animations i dont think he has a ton in there, but I'd guess it has all the basics like idles a few attack ones and stuff, but I don't generally care much about the animation side of Skyrim as long as it functions and looks half decent. 
  10. dagaz74
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    Is the fact that you can change the images in the collections, upload a collection, but you cannot change the texts and titles, is something that has yet to be examined or is it just on my side? thanks
    edit: now is ok