There is an important rule about contributions to OpenSceneryX – we never accept models for unique buildings, for example The Eiffel Tower or The Empire State Building. Why? Because OpenSceneryX is a library for general use across many scenery packages, and objects that are unique would only ever be used in one place in the world. The place for unique buildings is inside that scenery package, not inside a general-purpose library.
So what’s the problem? Well, consider this nice model of an airport terminal just contributed by Nick Ward.
It is a model of a specific terminal building at a specific airport (CYPA). However, most airport building models are based on specific buildings at specific airports – all the hangars, all the offices, all the sheds – it’s just that those buildings can be described as ‘generic’ while a terminal is becoming rather more ‘specific’. So, does the terminal get added to OpenSceneryX?
I don’t really know the answer to this. I think the best way is to make a judgement on an object-by-object basis. In this case, I would say that the terminal is generic enough that you might find quite a lot of buildings around the world looking “quite similar” so there is a justification for adding it. In other cases – let’s say someone contributed a model of the London Stansted airport terminal building – then this would not be accepted because it is not generic. I think there is a bit of a fuzzy line here that may sometimes be difficult to call.
If you have any suggestions or opinions, please post a comment.