Does the community generally consider custom data packs mods? I ask because Reddit, for instance, doesn't really have a good place for data pack discussions. There are places for redstone and one for commands, but I'd argue that data packs kind of transcend commands. So when looking for places to discuss them, do we look for "mods" or "commands" or something else?
In terms of gameplay, I would consider datapacks to be mods as changing loot tables and recipes could have major effects on gameplay (eg, adding elytra to dungeon or fortress chests, or substituting sticks for most of the diamonds in armor recipes [both admittedly extreme examples])
In terms of support, I would think a custom datapack would either not be considered a modded game or would be seen as a special (intermediate) case.
In terms of writing/creating them, I would not consider datapacks to be mods. Something that changes the game "without any code modification" does not seem, to me, to qualify…
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