Nexus Mods, one of the biggest mod collection websites out there, have reached the testing phase for their controversial Collections feature. As part of this testing, they're looking for volunteers to help them test it out.
In a news post released this morning, Nexus Mods explained that Collections will allow users to download a complete list of curated mods and important metadata, replicating an entire mod setup. More importantly for creators is the fact that the mod's authors still get credit for their mods being downloaded and still earn mod rewards if they're part of the DP program. Collections allow users to bundle mods together, whether they allow for a complete overhaul to a game or are just a selection of mods a user enjoys using. Nexus Mods released a trio of videos explaining how downloading and creating Collections will work, the first of which can be seen below.
This feature wound up causing a decent bit of controversy in the build-up to its release due to a major change made to the site. In order to ensure a single deleted mod doesn't ruin an entire Collection, Nexus Mods disabled the ability for creators to delete their mods. This resulting in some mod authors taking their mods and leaving the site, such as the Skyrim modder Arthmoor. Nexus Mods offered a one-month grace period since their announcement on this change. There's no word on if they will offer an alternative for creators who would like their mods removed.