Here's my thoughts on this subject:
The great majority of the players who authored the mods which are stored here are not going to be coming back. Note carefully that I didn't say that none of them are coming back, though! :P But at this late date in GSB's lifecycle, many of the autumn leaves are already fallen to the ground; our shared spring & summer are far behind us. As recently as September 2011 or so, a few veteran authors of now-classic mods (such as our own honored Eich, of Legios fame from 2009!) were still checking-in with the forum every few months.
But modders like him are the exception and not the rule.
Take GATC, for example. His recently-rediscovered Xedilco mod has apparently had no updates or additions made to it in nearly a year and a half. And GATC hasn't logged-in at these forums in over five months! It's unlikely that he's coming back. Again, it's not impossible that he might, but I would be reluctant to bet on it.
BowlNwhsprer is attempting to make pre-existing modded content available and usable by a whole 'nother set of GSB players: our friends from the Mac side of the universe. They're a small group when compared to the huge majority of players using the (original) Windows edition, but they also paid for the game, and they deserve a better chance to enjoy the many mods that reside here. If BowlNwhsprer is willing to invest his own time and effort to help smooth the way for our often less-than-modding-experienced Mac comrades, then I applaud him.
He is not detracting from the quality of those mods, or altering the creative/aesthetic content of those mods, or removing anything of concern. Instead, he is simply format-shifting them.
I think that the service he's quietly, steadily providing is a valuable one and I strongly encourage him to continue with it. :)
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