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Old 08-22-2010   #1
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Default *** Things Addons Can't Do *** READ THIS BEFORE POSTING HERE ***

Before posting an addon idea/request in this forum, please review the following list of things which addons cannot do. Posts asking about anything listed here will be deleted or mercilessly ridiculed.

Do not post here about things that violate the WoW EULA and/or TOS.
This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Model/skin changing
  • Login screen changing
  • Private servers
  • Bots, hacks, or other third-party software that interferes with WoW's normal functioning
  • Gold selling/buying, power leveling, account sharing/selling, etc.

Addons can only know about the threat tables of mobs you or someone in your party/raid are targeting.
  • You cannot have a multi-target threat meters.
  • You cannot automatically mark mobs that nobody is targeting.

Addons cannot see or affect minimap tracking dots.
  • You cannot have an alert when a tracking dot appears.

Addons cannot access anything outside of WoW.
  • You cannot get information from, or send information to, a website.
  • You cannot read arbitrary files from the hard disk.
  • You cannot write to files on the hard disk.
  • You cannot show what song is currently playing in Winamp.
  • You cannot show who's talking in Ventrilo.

Addons cannot target mobs by raid target icon.
  • You cannot write an addon that lets you "target whatever mob has a skull on it right now".
  • This addon is the closest you can get.

Addons cannot determine the camera's direction and/or angle.
  • This is why AVR doesn't work anymore.

Addons cannot automatically perform secure/protected actions.
Such actions require a hardware event, such as clicking a mouse button or pressing a keyboard key, and include:
  • Casting a spell
  • Cancelling a spell in progress
  • Using an item
  • Targeting a unit
  • Running a macro
  • Accepting an LFD group
  • Completing a trade
  • Moving the camera
  • Moving your character
  • Starting a duel
  • Removing someone from your group while in combat
  • Adding, removing, or changing keybindings while in combat
  • Changing actionbar pages
  • Reloading the UI
  • Changing your character's title
  • Looting a bind-on-pickup item
  • Cancelling an automated logout, such as after you've been AFK for 30 minutes

Addons cannot show, hide, move, or resize secure frames while in combat, except in response to certain conditions.
Secure frames are those which perform one of the actions listed above when clicked on. The allowed conditions are the same as those usable in macros:
  • Your actionbar page changed
  • You entered/left combat
  • A specific unit became hostile/friendly/dead/alive/existent/nonexistent (eg. your target, or your focus)
  • You equipped a particular item type (eg. a shield, or a two-handed axe)
  • You entered/left an area where flying mounts are usable
  • You started/stopped flying
  • You joined/left a party/raid group
  • You entered/left an indoor/outdoor area
  • You pressed/released a modifier key (shift, alt, or ctrl)
  • You mounted/dismounted
  • You switched specs
  • You switched stances/forms
  • You entered/left stealth
  • You started/stopped swimming
  • You or the specified unit entered/left a vehicle
Note that health, mana, buffs, and debuffs are NOT things you can check for in a macro conditional, or use to show/hide a secure frame.
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Old 08-25-2010   #2
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Default Re: *** READ THIS before posting! ***

If you think something should be added to, removed from, or changed in this list, post here. Posts will be removed as their content is merged into the main post.
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