Hello, I am a mod developer here at Minecraft Curse forge. I also been putting together some modpack this year. As I was browsing the curse network for mods there was one thing that made me see red. The way Curse are drowning the majority of mods with the minority of 100 000 ++ downloads mods. The entire front page of the Curse forge is highlighting the most popular mods.
This has the same effect as the YouTube popularity algorithm where the popular get even more popular and the new youtubers are drowning in the big sea of videos.
I personally think that Curse should promote the new mods on the front page instead of highlighting the already popular mods out there. People already know about those mods and can easy do a quick search or filter by most downloaded to find those mods. I found some great pearls after diving deep down into the sea of drowned mods.
Why not at least try to dig up some underdogs that you think have a great potential and put it up on the front page in a section called highlight of the week example.
Have any opinions / though on what I just brought up? Leave a reply.
Sadly that's how for profit companies work. Push what's popular because more low risk money.
If you want to find some good stuff i recommend surfing the mod list in "Last Released File". Then it brings up all the active projects that people are working on. Yes some things that don't update as often won't be seen but its still better than the default.
Plus when packs start coming out more and more mods will shift on the list and will get more exposure. Something that has plagued modded minecraft for ever.
That only happens if you sort by popularity. Try sorting by author, or last updated, or sort by category.
We don't feature mods in the client.
We have a semi-weekly spotlight. And so far most of the mods that have been spotlighted have not been massively popular mods, Diseasecraft, Holdable Torches, http://www.curse.com/spotlight
We do feature modpacks in the client, every week we pick a new modpack to feature. We try to have the feature correspond with a modpack spotlight. But that really depends on how much time the writers get to explore the pack.
I agree, Bukkit plugin repository is maintained by Curse as well, and it is sorted by lastest released file. It works great, and thats why my old plugins were downloaded. http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/
If someday the mod list is sorted by lastest released file, developers will put more time on their mods to release new versions.
I 100% agree with this, I would LOVE to see new mods on the front page to, I love finding new mods that really fit into my playstyle. I want this to be a thing just how it is on the skyrim nexus. Although I want them to work on some of the forge modloader versions' not crashing at startup.
The problem isn't that less popular mods aren't found and downloaded (since there's "Recently Updated" search option) but that not all mods are available here because not everyone wants to use Curseforge. I still have to keep tons of other mods bookmarked on MC Forums and personal websites.
Still, this is to be expected, and nothing can really be done about it. So what if there's more places we must go?