There's also a possible side effect to this new policy that you failed to take into consideration. I, for one, will not be submitting any of the new translations, documents or utilities that I'll hopefully have completed by the end of the year. I might be the only one who feels this way, but based on Bongo`s reaction in this thread and a couple of well known hackers comments via IM, I'm guessing I won't be.
Bongo's reaction is still unclear. You can't derive a context that hasn't been actually been written..
My initial reaction to this thread is...
"WTF? Ok?" - I don't care, but did it have to come to this?
It's unlikely the reaction is more like... "What the heck are you guys doing? Are you guys nuts?"
I don't see this as a big deal. It seems to me people want to remove stuff "just because", and that has to be the lamest argument ever. When you submit stuff, technically you are agreeing to let everyone have at it. It's not something you should do "to get the word out". So, if the hack was ever submitted by the/any author, you are effectively agreeing (though, it should be written out in the submitting section) that everyone is able to access it (at minimum, it suggests preservation). Other than major bugs or something important along those lines (at least some legitimate argument), it shouldn't be pulled.
Spending time fixing up and processing an author's entry only to have them ask it be removed days later.
This screams of "don't waste our time".
Getting mass deletion requests for all material belonging to an author with no reason or weak reason given.
Is that from the author or from others? If its from others, just simply ignore it. It shouldn't be rocket science.
Getting random deletion requests for material on the site for years with reasons cited as “don't feel like having it hosted here anymore”.
By submitting, you implicitly imply you wanted it archived/hosted forever... in theory. Really, that should be a written policy so that everyone understands what they are getting into.
Unfair deletion of other related material submitted by others such as reviews, descriptions etc.
The most important issue is demonstrating you've played the hack/translation, w/o just criticizing it outright on the surface (it's fine having some initial reaction, but that's it). Maybe I'm have absolutely no enthusiam with all the retranslations of CT that I'm indifferent (I like the original translation as is for the most part, since noone is actually hacking the Jap version of the game), enough to say nothing because it's not worth the effort to dig a hole for myself.
The descriptions should definately be kept, as long as it's fair. The simple fact is that once it exists, it's there, and it can't really be forgotten or removed off the face of the Internet.