Nexus political mods are one of the many, many strange subsets of the game modding site, but they'll be going away for a while: the website has instituted a blanket ban on mods involving US politics for the next several months.
If you've ever modded a game on PC (outside of Steam workshop), the odds are good that you probably found that mod via Nexus. The site gained a measure of popularity by hosting mods of Bethesda games such as The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas. Now, Nexus is banning any and all mods that have anything to do with US politics — at least for the foreseeable future.
Why Are Nexus Political Mods Banned?
Nexus political mods are primarily being banned for one reason: the moderators on the site are being overwhelmed by low-effort trolls.
Four years ago, the 2016 US Presidential election saw a number of low-effort troll mods flood the site. That trend is starting to pick up again, and it appears that the people who run Nexus are simply fed up with it.
"Considering the low quality of the mods being uploaded, the polarising views they express and the fact that a small but vocal contingent of our users are seemingly not intelligent or grown up enough to be able to debate the issues without resorting to name calling and baseless accusations without proof (indicative of the wider issues plaguing our world at this time) we've decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess and invoke an outright ban on mods relating to sociopolitical issues in the United States. We have neither the time, the care or the wish to moderate such things."
The Nexus political mods ban will only apply to any mods uploaded after September 28, 2020; any mods that have existed on the site prior to that — such as the strange Make Trump Follow You and Skyrim Great Again mod [NSFW] — will remain on the site as long as the mods in question continue to abide by the terms of service.
Nexus will review the restriction on US politics in game mods following the conclusion of the 2020 Presidential election (and his inauguration), but there's no guarantee that it will be lifted. If you'd like to get any new political mods released in the next few days, you'll have to grab them on some other site.
What do you think of Nexus political mods being banned? Do you think other sites and services will place similar restrictions on politics in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below!