What’s with this “authorization” and “allowing” of people to do things…?
If I wanted to modify and distribute a mod, nothing stops me from doing so. Some people may even like it better than the original and switch over; others wouldn’t. It’s a little contradictory to applaud cliffski for making the game easy to mod (and to organize our modding efforts on the forum), but then try to turn around and somehow limit other people’s rights to mod your derivative creations.
The ultimate compliment of a modder is when people play your mods. Slightly below that amazing honor, however, is the privilege of having others seek to modify your work, to incorporate it into your own mods, to expand on the work you started, to incorporate your amazing ideas into future projects, and recycle your material into something that keeps the game alive, dynamic, and evolving, to know that even beyond the scope of your little mod, you’ve contributed something to other players and even to future modders.
If your mod included a nifty new frigate design, and I decided to incorporate that frigate into a “really cool frigates” mod and other people who wanted cool frigates downloaded it, would this seriously offend you? Some players might find that more useful, and I can’t believe someone would take offense if others want to make their mods even more useful.
You’ve released a mod. It’s for others to play and judge and mod however they want to now. That’s part of the nature of modding in the first place, especially if its concepts were derivative to begin with. Take it for the compliment it is.