Talk:GOG Games Missing Linux Ports
As far as I understand the intention in willingness to have an easy place to contact responsible people with question about uploading Linux ports to GOG, I think that the emails should not be listed here. For a several reasons
- Probably the most important one - spam bots. Although I am aware that the publisher/developer email adresses are public and most likely expect to get spam, it's not always the case. Sometiems the address may be hidden from the bots behind captcha or scrambled image, or require log in to see - and in the most extreme cases the address could not be possible, if someone found it out by talking with a developer privatyle. While it seems handy to post them in one place, it will only draw attention of bots that scrape lots of adresses from one spot and leads to spamming the developers/publishers, either annoying the owners or making them possibly miss the genuine messages/ignoring the email altogether, which would lead to opposite - getting no response on the matter or maybe even getting a bad reputation.
- Even if the spambots won't be an issue, it may not be good to encourage potential reader to spam-mail all the developers asking for Linux build. If someone is encouraged enough, he/she will find the emails him/herself, so no need to have them all in one space anyway.
- Third reason is that the e-mail address is only one of the possible contact methods. Why arguably easy to write a private e-mail, sometimes it may be better to ask on forums, social media or opposite - some older developers may only be reached only by phoning, faxing or visiting them directly by the most dedicated port seekers (just don't harass them :P), as the old contact methods may not be available anymore.
- And finally, even if we would list emails, there are situation when there's more than one email pointing to developer/publisher. Which one would be the main one? Listing them wouldn't be wise too, as it'd take too much space.
So, TL;DR I think the email addresses should not be listed as they're potential spambot issue and troublesome. I kept them for now, but would like to hear some input, most likely from User:Hummer010 directly, as only we two are the contributor to the list and you were the original author :). Hopefully what I wrote is somewhat understandable, as I was a bit tired writing it.
Rearrange to table
- Yeah, it badly needs a table, who made it look like this? Messy as hell right now. --TheBoss (talk) 19:34, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
- User:Hummer010, the original author :P. The original one also used HTML tables, so at least I changed them to wiki ones. According to his GOG.com post, he imported the changes by scraping the original webpage, so maybe it was easier for him that way. Anyway, I also thought about converting the list to a table – in the end I only shortened it – so I'm glad you both like the table idea and started the change :P. I'll try to update both this and Steam Games Missing Linux Ports, as I keep those pages similar ASAP, maybe even today. Still kudos to Hummer010 for starting the work! Faalagorn☎/✓ 07:02, 20 January 2017 (UTC)