How do I manage my mods cleanly?
I just got started playing the game and I want mods, but I noticed that the main folder has stuff in it and when I tried to move them to new folders, that got my game unplayable, so I reverted them back. Unfortunately, I now have to live with over a hundred game mods mixed in with default code. Help?
Don't 'move' any vanilla game files. Copy & Paste them to create duplicates
If you now have mods installed into your game folder it's probably best to reinstall & start again.
After the reinstall you want to learn how to use a 'mods' folder.
Info & links on setting that up here.
Take your time. Make sure you understand what it is that you are doing & always, ALWAYS keep backups of EVERYTHING you edit (backing up entire '.rpf' archives is my prefered method even though it takes a lot of hard drive space).
Best of luck