Yeah yeah, everyone loves windower. (I never used it) It's sole purpose was to be able to alttab, but with FFXI being put into a wrapper a ton of addons started to sprout. mob timers, skill cooldown, utsu counters. Yes it was useful to the player. However this gave a distinct advantage to those playing on a PC and a disadvantage to those playing on ps2 and xbox. If the addons we made compatable to all systems and SE were ok with their use fine bring on the user created tools. In the meantime Everyone should be on equal footing.
Strict NO 3rd party add-on policy takes out too much ability to transform stock UIs (which are always horrible and terribly inefficient for people wanting to be the best they can in an MMO), and isn't appealing. You can enjoy your "purity" UI, and I'll enjoy ones I can tweak and perform better than a "purist".
SE already stated you can customise your chat tabs/filters and move around the UI. What else do you need? the ability to add more buttons? Or do you need audio and visual cues other then the ones the devs provide for you so you can play the game better? If the creators does not provide it it doesn't mean that they didn't think of it. Bbut left it out to create some balance or an impose limitation to what a player is able to do.
Refusing to use add-ons (i.e. technology in game terms) because you're on some high horse doesn't make you better -- it just makes you a fool for not using what tools are available to you.
As long as there are people who can't use while others can. Thats cheating in my book.
It's kinda funny really. Tools used to make a person:
b) more aware
c) ignore limitations
In a standard game are called cheats.
In a MMO it's called add-ons...