I tried Steam mods- hated it. It`s a complete control register bs system that should really ring alarms bells with a lot of people. It`s sad that it doesn`t. It`s not conveninet, it`s not freedom. It`s a chain disguised to make you think you have something good, especially with its attempt to cash in on modding recently.
Anyway, i`m experienced enough with the old days of modding to know how to install Mods without Steam and always support sites (such as the Nexus) that allows it. I download the Mod to my desktop and installing manually- It`s actually very easy. Steam makes kids lazy as hell as well as addicted to it, thinking there is no other way.
There are other better, more sure ways than Steam.
That`s my soapbox done.