... And there is no one human being checking the thousands of daily uploads, for quality ... an automated check is done by the N3V site computer, and if all the stuff in the asset are in proper order and configuration, it is installed on the DLS by an automated computer checking for errors, and trainz-build ... not by a human being ... so anyone can upload a texture named: "Poo", and it is there on the DLS
"Then make a bridge" you say. The OP also states that he isn't very good at making a bridge. I attempted to make a bridge. Unless you know what bridge you are in need of, and can find, you'll be sitting there a while.
As Alikiwi said, "So far 75% are rubbish in my experience and 25% are good to excellent" and I would concur. Those aren't very good odds when you are trying to get people to buy your sim, and download the payware, and pay for a download ticket.
I'm back to reading...and running trains.
yes, NV3 need to explain the Dls situation more fully to new purchasers, who really have no idea how it all works , took me quite a while to figure out the fact that assets can be made by anyone,with varying skill levels. in general after a while you work out who does great stuff ( or allows reskinning ) and you grab anything they make.
Unfortunately all my spare time is spent route building , also I think it’s really up to NV3 to provide that basic info, the hundreds of hours wasted by me due to their lack of documentation doesn’t make me feel that I should do their job for them , after all , it’s in their interests to make the game an enjoyable experience, not an endurance test :-(May I suggest that you add to the very bare bones Trainz Wiki page on this subject at http://online.ts2009.com/mediaWiki/index.php/HowTo/Download_an_Asset_from_the_Download_Station. That's probably the best way to get the information out.
PS: Updating the Wiki is a lot easier than it looks - it just takes some time and thought.
Just to check this out, I just downloaded and installed <kuid2:107727:1022:2> CSX Henderson Sub from the DLS and there are three missing dependencies:-
.. and one faulty asset
<kuid2:76096:100199:1> US Level Crossing Tower
... which has 11 warnings and 8 errors - the latter are all VE194: Tag 'texture-kuid' does not contain a valid kuid: null. The "View Help for this [error message]" option in TANE goes to a page that has the totally contradictory and illogical message "There is currently no text for this page"
Since finding missing assets and fixing that error is not my idea of enjoying a hobby, I will trash the layout and the faulty asset but the installed and working assets that came with the download might be useful.
Perhaps the OP might do the same and learn from the experience.
Here is a summary of the points raised in another thread on what to look for before you download a route.
- is a thumbnail present? One of those "This is NOT a thumbnail" thumbnails does not count as a "thumbnail".
- is the thumbnail is a screenshot that does not show the grid lines?
- does the thumbnail contain a text label (this shows that the creator cares enough to at least add a title)?
- is there a full description of the route?
- does the description give some indication of the contents such as "all assets are on the DLS", "speed trees are/are not used", etc
- If 3rd party assets are present, does the description tell you where to find them?
- Does the creator care enough to post an announcement message in the Freeware forum?
- Are screenshots available, e.g. in the Trainz Gallery, screenshots forum or in the Freeware Forum?
- Does the creator respond to questions about his/her route?
There is no point score for any of these checklist items and no minimum number to "achieve" before you can decide what is worthwhile downloading and what is not.
The first kuid you mentioned is "tprcsxdetector2"; which was available on TPR
Not sure why this 18 month old thread has been resurrected (perhaps due to the covid lockdown) but it has been a "hoot" re-reading all those posts - the angst, frustrations, old wounds being re-opened, etc. I had completely forgotten about it but it shows that some issues will always be with us.