I thought about making a few designs, but I heard that only 10 per era and class are used. So since there are certainly people better at doing this, I would have to choose whether I use their designs or mine.
If the design naming scheme is improved to be more open to addons (or someone tells me that it already is), I ll happily contribute.
Eg if a new armored cruiser design for era 0 for all nations could be named CA0Xyemo15.tdf then I would only need to worry about my own designs for the naming scheme and not about designs from other modders. It simply makes no sense and is not worth my effort to have to compete with the unmodded game and other modders for eg CA0X9.tdf design name spot.
I assume that the plan is that you'd back up and overwrite the existing CA0X9.tdf file if you're modding it.
If they're going to remove the 10-design cap, this seems like a bad way to do so. Just removing the cap might be better.
Then modder A uses CA0X15.tdf, and modder B uses CA0X15.tdf.
Now player C wants to use the designs from modder A and B.
That is bound to be an ugly mess.
And then an update rolls along, which changes armor weight.
And no one remembers who is responsible for what design file in your IDes folder.
Thus it gets even messier.
No, simply allow modders to put their handle into the name, followed by a number or so. So everyone knows whats what.
CA0Xyemo15.tdf is my design number 15 for armored cruisers in era 0 for any nation. And if someone does not like my designs after trying them, they can simply remove every design with my name in it without having to comb through every design or start from scratch (backup).