I'm with Loogie on this one.
The attitude that 25% is somehow worse than 0%, or worse than the 0.001% that the professional DLC developers receive, is idiotic. The split is between the modder and Valve, and nobody elses business or concern. People getting bent out of shape that some mods are "worthless" because they're so "simple" are obviously wrong -- somebody paid for them. People getting bent out of shape that somebody, somewhere, might make money by doing a hobby they already enjoy are best called out as the jealous twits they apparently are.
If a mod is sold on the workshop and it relies on some external mod to work (like FNIS), or used some help or documentation provided by the community, tough luck. Every piece of commercial software in the world does exactly the same thing. MS does not get a cut of every piece of software using the windows SDK, nor does the wikipedia foundation get a cut of everything written that uses the information found there.
Your public library doesn't get a kickback from the commercial endeavors that use knowledge gained from the books they loan out, either.
If you're so small-minded and jealous that you just can't stand the thought of someone making a little money, doing something they enjoy, because others are doing similar things for free -- you're part of the problem. A world where every modder could quit their day job to work full time on their mods sounds like a great place to me.
By and large I don't expect players/users to understand or agree with most of what I've said. However, in this case, their opinions don't matter to me even slightly. This is about mods, utilities, and those that create them. All of them deserve compensation for their efforts, and few if any actually get it.
Modders SHOULD understand though. We all work countless hours on this hobby and our reward is generally a few "thank yous", and endless bug reports and feature requests to sift through. If one of "us" decides "hey, it would be nice to make a couple bucks off this if I can" then I fully support that decision. Christ I don't even work on my friends computers or cars for free -- I at least expect dinner and some beer out of the deal.
I won't be responding to replies or reading this thread any further. As I've already said in "private", my active projects (SexoutNG, NX, FOMM, Bodyslide) are on indefinite hiatus because of the immature and childish "community" responses to modders who chose to participate in this system. The system isn't perfect, but it's the first of it's kind, and it deserves time to get the kinks worked out.
Maybe my own project licenses may be changing as a result, at least for three of them -- I don't own the copyrights for FOMM so have no authority to change the license there. Maybe I'm completely done modding or writing modding community software for free. I haven't decided yet.