First off:- Hi, I'll make this brief and relatively informal.
(To the moderators: I'm not in anyway advertising, I'm simply citing examples and by no means am I nor do I wish to impersonate you:)
[I am not an admin/mod, just so we're clear, do not mistake my phrasing for my being one]
I got the thinking just today, wouldn't it be a good idea to start development on launcher packs for respective games and their mods?
The problem with the Nexus thus far IMHO is that simplicity is neglected (or at least this can be observed but far be it from me to judge)
I have in mind a simple idea for supporting the mod community and "consumers" further if there were customizable launcher packs for games like Skyrim, Fallout, Oblivion and so on equal to that of Minecraft's relatively recent semi-unofficial mod support - see Feed The Beast and Technic Pack Launchers...if you're unfamiliar with these, here are the links:
What I had in mind was full consumer support for installing mods, it's understandable that a fair number of us on here can follow simple directions, but where this works for us 6/10 times, the 4/10 coming down to unprecedented events, incompatibility, poor pc specs, miscommunication on the part of a given author or a failure to understand the specifics on the part of fresh post-vanilla mod community members or where translations are an issue and so on, and while it continues that the mod community as a whole has to "make-do" with the circumstances and resources, it seems like a fair idea to allow whatever sized margins of *ahem* "consumers" that are not currently using mods perhaps due to comprehension issues regarding the nature of mods or the knowledge of their existence and so on to participate in these communities with this more simplified support.
By no means am I a market analyst or wish to perpetrate anything or impose, however, as it stands, it seems the Nexus only stands to gain from this, more support for consumers means more consumers means more support for authors means more donations etc.
Now, perhaps we've all experienced some degree of patronizing details or discussions on the site from time to time, while this is inevitable and a circumstantial inconvenience, it isn't in the best interests of anyone, though my being able to speak on behalf of the site owner and the mods and admins and the community remains to be seen, it can safely be said this is detrimental to the site's future progress.
However, at the end of the day, we community members know that the authors, mods, admins etc. do this for our leisure and I'm sure they wish to keep it that way, so simple things such as a fully guided or simplified launcher for mod packs is a good way to open up new doors for the community's resources...
If this doesn't suit anyone's particular tastes, it may at least be wise to come to an agreement or understanding with other communities of other games (since the Nexus is unofficial, from what I can tell it is not bound to competition, co-operation and corporate laws in the same way as Bethesda are, so at least talking to other mod communities for teamwork isn't totally out of the question)
Lastly, sorry for the weird, harsh, flammable topic, not inciting trouble or anything so don't give me a hard time.