I’ve debated for a couple days as to whether it’s even worth posting this. Call it a rant, or that I’m just whining or griping. But I sorta see it as principle. So…
Several months ago, I tripped upon a model created by one of the very good modellers in the Warehouse. Problem is, that model was being displayed by a checkmark-carrying Warehouser in Products. There was no mention of the true author. At the time, a lame description (since removed) accompanied the model…and a few Warehousers, myself included, called this person out for the theft. We “regular” users can’t even add their models to a [public] collection… yet they can steal our models?
A couple days ago, I was looking for a Warehouser who “Liked” one of my models. In searching for that Warehouser, their username caused the search to return six items in Products - all the same. It appears to be quite obvious that one model is the original, the other five are exact copies downloaded and re-uploaded by five other verified providers. Seems that some of the checkmark-carrying Warehousers are no different than some “regular” users who will stoop to snatching models created by others and making it appear all the creativity and work are their own.
Now…I realize everything in the Warehouse is up for grabs, but even by Warehouse standards, a model can be flagged (and removed?) for being an exact duplicate of another model. And if I were a verified provider that created that model, or I was paying someone to create that model, I’d be pretty well jacked up to find that others were sitting back, perhaps collecting a tidy salary themselves, but doing no more work than a few cliks downloading MY model (or the model my employee created, and whom I am paying for such work), re-uploading it, and making it appear the model belongs to them or their company.
Seems to me, verified or not, there are unscrupulous, lazy, thieves on both sides of the Warehouse. Being a verified provider doesn’t seem to ensure any kind of integrity. I thought these users were vetted to some degree? Seems to me such users should lose their checkmarks - and their page. I guess like the rest of the Warehouse, the Products area is not monitored?