*BTW, feel free to enlighten me if you guys have a solution to this problem.
Solution 1- Avoid using Vortex with TW3 Mods. Most users will run into more issues with Vortex than with the alternatives of manual download + manual mod install (if you can read & follow instructions in english) or TW3 Mod Manager mod install (should work for everyone).
Solution 2- If you really want to use Vortex with TW3 Mods, then stick to symlink deployment and make sure to apply the unofficial script merger patch to SM.
Hardlink/move deployment does allow unpatched script merger to use the actual non-empty files when merging, but it can create further issues, example: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/416825592 (the game breaks if there's an empty folder inside the \dlc folder. Using Vortex with hardlink/move deployment to disable/uninstall a mod that uses a dlc folder will leave behind empty folders there. The user will be left with a broken game and no idea how to fix it given that uninstalling mods is already the last step to fix an issue before uninstalling and reinstalling the game, and if he uninstalls/reinstalls from a game launcher menu and doesn't manually delete his game install folder then the empty folder/broken game issue will likely persist after the user's "clean reinstall" with no mods, imagine his despair when reinstalling the game with no mods still doesn't work).
At the risk of going offtopic:
Vortex can also place a mod's files & folders in the wrong place, unlike TW3 Mod Manager. Example: https://www.nexusmod...cher3/mods/2788 (it places the FCR3 folder directly inside your \Mods folder instead of placing the \modFCR3 and \modFCR3_padlock folders there).
And without going into the extra features that TW3 Mod Manager offers over Vortex which result in easier and less error-prone mod installing, the point is that with TW3 the only real advantage that I can see Vortex providing over the alternatives is the big red Vortex button on a modpage that autolaunches a mod installing program.
Fewer than 2% of SM users are using the SM patch, I'd assume that the percentage of Vortex users who have fiddled with the deployment setting isn't much better. So Vortex likely creates more issues and makes things more complicated for the ones who click that big red fisher-price button expecting it to be the simplest, least error-prone way of installing TW3 mods, the ones who are likely least well-equipped to deal with vortex-related issues and end up either giving up on mods or flooding mod comment & bug pages with vortex-derived error logs.
Edited by Partoutatix, 24 June 2019 - 03:35 AM.