There are many poorly created families out there on the web and some of this content is free of charge to download and shared by users. I avoid using other user’s families as a starting point, unless I trust the author’s content, because I cannot be sure of how it was originally constructed and with what logic or degree of accuracy. Another risk is that the content may have a hidden corruption which I would not be aware of. I find it can be as time-consuming to adjust or repair another user’s content to match my conventions than to create my own content. Most Content creators that do a professional job have spent many, many hours developing this skill and will expect to be paid for their efforts and will rarely share it unless it suits them to do so.
© Copyright Reserved by Michelle Louw (Excerpt from My speaker notes at National Revit Technology Conference 2008.)