In the end, I will go elsewhere to get what I need.
Thank you for your review, but there are some inaccuracies I'd like to address.
> it broke my database
It can't. It only reads and writes to its own database tables, clearly prefixed with _ars_. Maybe you changed or installed something else in the meantime?
> made the everything on the site rearrange
I'm not sure what "the everything" (sic) is, but I'll suppose it refers to either the menu items or the modules. Again, ARS does not interact with those site elements, so rearranging them would be downright impossible. I'm now convinced that you, someone else or something else modified something on your site.
> Documentation is just a dictionary, not instructions on how to get this to work.
I know the documentation is lengthy. It is lengthy because it is detailed. If you actually read it, you'll see that it does have instructions on using the component. For example, the single most important chapter in the entire documentation is titled "Understanding the structure of a repository" and has three practical examples: software distribution (exactly what ARS was built to do), community site and a personal site (blog). If, after reading that page, you still don't get how the software works, please use PhocaDownload or DOCman instead. BTW, I do mention these two components in this exact documentation chapter as alternatives.
Finally, let me reiterate that if you believe that you've found a bug or want to share your feedback about the component, the proper avenue is using the Contact link on our site.
Down With Spam!
You are right, down with spam!