As the topic mentions....and will try my best to explain
.First/Original mod = self explanatory
.Subset/derived mod = mods which contain portions of the First/Original mod
I - The idea
Nexus could have a feature for mod submission, which would enable authors to add their mods as a *subset/branch/leaf of an original mod.
(which could be displayed in a tree on another tab of the mod page, like description. And also a dialog button on the side mentioning subset of <original mod>).
II - What
What fits into the category would be:
b.Some portion/assets/scripts of the original mod
c.Complete original mod, as an addition to the current mod the author himself has packaged
III - What else
The subset mod author could also write up a small caption, which could also be displayed in that tree.
IV - Tree of life
In the Original Authors page - The subset mod with caption, will be updated in the tree
Also in the subset mod author page - could display a tree from originating from original author, ending with his node/branch/leaf from the subset mod author. And also extend further down if anyone has used some portion of the subset mod authors to create another subset mod by another author
V - Original Mod author's honor
Creating a subset mod by another author (I stress the word another), should automatically honor the original author by means of another counter in the mod page. Something on the lines of "Mod Author Supporter" or "Author Endorsements".
VI - Endorsements
Also any Endorsements in a subset mod, would add to a fraction of a considerable value to the Original Mod author and so on.
As mention by one on the nexus chat, *Proxy Endorsements*.
VII - Why?
.Because, to honor the original game mod authors who put up the modification/addition/script (most of the they aren't mentioned)
.To help others route out how the mod came to be currently as such, and with who's contribution
.Also helps new mod authors to root back to the original mod and how it was originally done (a lot of information is lost otherwise)
VIII - Whats remaining
.What if an author wants to create a subset mod from two original mods?
I think it could also be there as a feature, to add multiple authors. How to display/represent/portray the tree would be a bit tricky..