Chrome doesn't do version checking. Yet the problem still exists.
And that's because they still depend on version checking. My proposed method explicitly does NOT check for Wedge version.
Indeed, this is always the case. But other forum softwares have a richer gradient of mods. If they use file edits too, that can't be the solution to make SMF/Wedge have an ecosystem more like theirs.
It probably does, I haven't spent any time in their ecosystems. But given the mods submitted, the relative skill level of the coders and so on, the majority are certainly not contributed by veteran coders.
Joomla also has patches. For example, this one:
Do you suppose this is a better alternative to automated file edits? Note that they take the path of least resistance: a zip file containing the modified files, to overwrite in your installation.
I'm suggesting that you will only make this type of modification more popular (in the case that mods exist that do more than tiny things at all, so hopefully) which seems like a worse disease than the original injury.