After a community backlash led by a developer boycott of popular freeware platform, flightsim.to has proposed several changes that aim to answer the worries that developers had. Last week flightsim.to announced a change to its Terms of Service, which also clarified a retention policy that would see creators unable to delete their data from the platform. This got creators and developers worried over who is in control over the content they created, and many of them decided to delete their add-ons and called for others to do the same.
Over on their Discord, Flightsim.to has proposed several changes to the Terms of Service, particularly related to data deletion. Instead of users no longer being able to delete their data, the platform proposes a deletion period, after which data would indeed be deleted from the platform. There are several different deletion periods proposed, which are outlined below. During the deletion period of an add-on or content, users would be notified that said content is to be deleted, while remaining available during the deletion period. After this period, content will actually be deleted and no longer be available to users. In case of legal matters or similar problems, content can be deleted right away.
- Libraries: 60 days deletion period
- Standalone aircraft: 30 days deletion period
- Popular file, at least 100K+ downloads: 7 days deletion period
- Featured file, e.g. on social media or our news: 30 days deletion period
These changes are a proposal, and Flightsim.to is looking for feedback from creators. It should be noted that though this proposal has been made, the changes need to be approved by their lawyers first and as such, there are no commitments as to the exact changes to be implemented.
From the Discord, most users seem to respond with cautious optimism, with several content creators indeed stating that these policy changes would be enough for them to return to flightsim.to and re-upload or continue uploading their work. Users also seem to appreciate that their feedback has been listened to and that flightsim.to has made this proposal. However, it remains to be seen if all developers will return to the website, with popular developer Got Friends seemingly not making a return for the time being.