I am going to use Readme flag in my mods instead of force-showing the readme, and I'm not sure it's a good idea.
I am also going to switch to plain .zip instead of self-extracting NSIS archives, and I'm not sure it's a good idea, either.
And now I'm going to think aloud for a bit.
Readme inconveniences the user either way: either they have to click y/n one more time during the mod installation, or they're going to click X in the readme window.
I have a suspicion that actually showing the readme is better than not showing it: there's a chance a user would, you know, actually read it. There's also a chance they will find help in there. For example, I had questions and bug reports about one of my older mods that were plainly answered in the readme, but on the forum the user received help only several days after(partly because I've long forgotten about that bug, myself). Of course, it's the players' fault for not reading the readmes, but I feel guilty when we're hiding these files and offering an easy way out instead.
(For example: I placed a link that lures the reader to Romantic Encounters readme. It is on Romantic Encounters forum. It uses BIG LETTERS, it is pinned, and I've never had a single RTM bug report ever since).
But I do recognize that
1) people use BWS, and BWS cuts readme windows;
2) people don't read the readmes anyway;
3) if someone wants to read the readme, he/she would press that y button, or just open the mod directory. Um, probably not, but I can keep dreaming.
And now that I've mentioned the mod directory, let's talk about packing mods.
I like the way Xan was packed. A nice Moonblade icon, a self-extracting archive that automatically searched for the BG2 directory, and a readme packed in together with it.
Saves space, too: NSIS saves about 1 mil out of 10, which is good. But not that good: given how we're packing 1.5 mil of junk code for handle_charsets now, and given how Weidu now weighs one mil instead of good old 300kb, I guess those users in small Russian cities with dl speed of 1.3kb per second are out of luck in any case, whether they download a 18.9 mil Xan or a 21.7 mil one.
But it's probably not helping. Again, more and more people are using BWS. We also have fans-but-not-players who'd happily download the mod, read the dialogue and go on their own merry way to play DAI. And self-extracting archive are, plainly, more annoying than plain .zips sometimes.
(I'm not even mentioning .7z here - that's plain horrible, since few people even have the decrypter installed. I've also been told that .rar isn't that good for some OSX users, and maybe even some Windows users - well, Winrar is shareware, after all).
So, with UB available in zip format already, fortunately or unfortunately, I think it's time for my other mods to follow suit. I will miss that moonblade icon, though.