Commander, Engineering Corps
Don't know if this was included in your mod support at all, or even if this technically falls into that category, but we need like an easier way to share ship designs with each other.
Steam workshop! However that mess works, would be a great place to put this feature. A place for us to upload our ship.json without having to use 3rd party file distributors. This would also help the scrubs share their creations without too much trouble.
The main reason for this would be so we could get more ship designs into the campaigns. I'd love to see some more designs that I haven't seen for the millionth time - and potentially some really out-there and far-fetched fan creations that even you couldn't have dreamed up.
We'd need some way to auto generate an img for the workshop and a way for people to easily add a ship design to their game, or a bunch of designs in a bundle.
Better ways to sort ships in-game. Like some folders or 'search by text string' or 'weight class' or 'creator name'.
I'd certainly love to see other peoples shit in my games without having to reverse engineer cheap knockoffs for my own means.
In his most recent dev blog Zark talks about modding support in the next major update.