Originally Posted by steelman1991
That just cements other posters opinion and tags you as a fan-boy. Why should you be offended by someone criticising MB3 what have you invested in it's scraper mechanism? If anyone should be offended its Luke and the MB devs, but thankfully he doesn't share your transigent position. There was no limited effort or knowledge, but the limitation of the scraper, which Luke has quickly moved to change and accomodate.
Users do it for the same reason you add a Season folder - because they can. Once MB3 is compatible, what will be the benefit of adding a Season folder - none, providing the file name is correctly named.
I've witnessed first hand the incredible effort and time Luke and the other developers have put into the mb3 project so far, and I want to see the project a success. If this makes me a "fan boy" then so be it. I'm not ashamed. You make it seem like a crime and it is not.
That said ,
I have no issue with support for no season folders, but I certainly do think its a more noob way to be doing things and I would hate to see support for folder structure go away. I like how MB handles folder structure, collections, box sets, and nested folders better than XBMC so that's not a negative to me.
To me your scraper is like your navigation system. I guess if you wanted to search for a city you could just type or search by city name without first choosing a state, but what happens ?? You might get the wrong one... But still it's the right named city just not the same one you wanted as a result.
Scrapers are much the same way. They are highly dependent on proper name, season and episode info, spelling and order it all appears. If this is lacking and deficient the problem isn't the scraper it's user error IMO, so either take the time to rename it right up front or manually do it later. That's really the options.
Folder structure support and advanced set up of collections, seasons, nested folders and box sets is important to me. It allows me to get creative with top level folders and really get the most put of a large media collection.
There is many advantages to having a properly set up and organized media library and ease of scraping is only one of them. I wouldn't complain if there isn't a need for season folders but let's face reality that it's the noob way to do things if you want to just download some shows and throw them all into a folder and expect awesomeness. It would be awesome to support that, but still not be the optimal way to do things.
I view it like buying a car that only turns left. You could do it - but why would you want to do it ?
Even if my front end supports not needing season folders or nested folders or box sets/collections I'd still want to do it and would choose the better option. It's not hurting, it's helping. And it's allowing creativity and top level folders to get the most out of your media collection. I think there is nothing wrong with supporting the noob way to do things but let's make sure we don't do that at the expense of not supporting the optimal way.
In my experience the only thing XBMC is better at is supporting the less optimal way to do media management and organization, and it's upsetting to me it gets presented as being superior when in fact it's not. It's noob friendly perhaps, but there's a lot of other areas it falls short that are more important to me like transcoding, tablet support, advanced collection folder structure support, slick operation, eye candy, and most importantly video player playback quality.
I set up XBMC on my jail broken iPad 3 last night and it's clunky compared to plex (which also has better transcode and away from home support). They are very similar but plex is better, as it feels like a better version to me. I use plex just for the tablets only because mb3 only supports iOS 7 and I don't want to upgrade to that because you can't jail brake it.