Q: What is a module?
A: A module is a collection of patches representing one piece of content that is released into a Maplestory version. Think of it as a FAQ for every new piece of content.
Q: Why have modules?
A: Although having patch extractions are nice and wonderful, there are problems that can occur with these extractions:
- Later extractions can contradict earlier extractions. This requires that people read more in order to stay updated.
- Some extractions which only change a few items are never posted, being deemed "not noteworthy". In this manner, all extractions will update the module thread.
- After KMST moves on to a new piece of content, people can now have a place to discuss old content for which there is no current relevant forum.
- There is no central location for up-to-date patch data with traditional extractions. As new information is learned or released about a given piece of content, the relevant module can then be updated without affecting extractions.
- Each patch is quickly outdated by the next patch. Modules stay relevant for far longer than an extraction - all the way to the release date.
Q: What do the prefixes mean?
A: It lists where the content originated from. So Greece would be listed as KMST, but the Alien event would be listed as GMS.
Q: What if there are two similar, yet different pieces of content?
A: If there's a Neo Tokyo and Neo City, they will each get their own modules.
Q: So if KMST releases content X and GMS releases content X too, what happens?
A: A full extraction is always, always posted. It will then link to the module thread, and then users will be able to see how it differs (if at all) from the KMST version. Unless the content released is sufficiently different, no new module will be created. A new module is not created to fix the language barrier. The old module is not updated to fix the language barrier.
Q: What if you can't fit everything in one topic?
A: Links will be placed at the header of each relevant thread so that they all link together. Multiple module threads are then created.
Q: If a later module contradicts a previous module, what happens?
A: A new module is created with the new information and the old module is untouched. The idea is that each module is timeless.