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Usually what is released is a BAT (and bulding), along with a single lot (or maybe with a ploppable version too); no lot variations, no different lot dimensions, sizes or growth stages. All these actually require significant effort, which most custom content developers apparently are not willing to make. Therefore why not avoid lotting completely, and instead make BATs (buildings) that comply to certain simple standards, and are thus possible to grow on the professionally designed Maxis lots?
While the work made by Maxis as far as lotting is concerned is very good actually, players still complain of getting repetitevely the same buildings, especially if a single building style is selected. This is easy to explain, simply the building collection is not extensive enough. Many families consist of three, two, or often just one member! So the simulator (combine this with the growth stage too) may have very few, if not just one option! Therefore extending the families, can be the preferred way to go, esp if one wants to concentrate on BATting and avoid tinkering with providing all the aforementioned lot variations. Making a BAT (and a building exemplar) that can grow on Maxis lots can be much better than releasing a single lot, no matter how many props it has, or how good it looks (of course generally speaking). Modding can be much easier too. One can simply copy-and-paste all properties from a similar Maxis building, and change only a few things like the names (Exemplar Name name and User Visible Name Key) and Resource Key Type 1 - all others being the same. This can be very acceptable.
Yes it does means Poor in some way. " classes populaires " ( popular classes) are generally the people who don't have lots of money / are poor.