Mod paywalls are a total scam. I mean, I have seen mods in "beta" version that are only on patreon for years on end, and they are scripts, retextures. I meant the hell?!
Some do not give their (3d)sources out:
["Ford F Series
Converted by: I******
Credits: (it's free, but i dont wanna give my source out)
DM TO PURCHASE"]*
and 1 mod I saw (I'll not take the name), is on the creator's website. When you go to download the free version it shows a popup "You are downloading on slow bandwidth, join my membership program to download at high speed." and after you click download at low speed it shows a google vignette advertisement. WHAT THE HELL?!!
Not all are like this, some mod creators have a patreon, but eventually happily release it for free. That I understand, for the beta version, not everyone needs it. But some mods are permanently on "Beta" version.
Not to offend anyone, just my grab on todays mod development situation.
Again not all mod creators are alike, some are excellent both at developing and ethics.