If they gave it back to you - it sounds like you don't have any storage. If you look at the screenshot above from @yaugieLC you can see in the HUD that he has that hammer and wrench icon with 4846/10000 - that means he has 4846 virtual resources stored out of his total capacity of 10,000. If your number there is equal to its max, you need to build more storage. That can be found in the SS2 section of the workshop menu in an icon that looks like a shipping container.this game is so frustrating.. I tried adding resources.. then it says settlers gave it back to me...?? frustrated. caravan wont go up in tier! frustrated.. build a power plant.. wont get built! build a water plant,, it just sits there.. lay down sensor, then beacon,, nothing happens.. dont know how far caravans go.. the definition of caravan is confusing.. are they moving goods back and forth like the supply line.. or are they gathering junk from beacons?? please someone help.. I want to play this mod.. and enjoy it. thank you
Either that or you tried to donate something that isn't junk (like a gun, or ammo, or chems, or food - the current donation system only supports junk). For things like guns or armor, you will want to scrap them at a workbench and then donate the scrap. Provided, of course, you build more storage. That may be why your buildings aren't building either - buildings will only build if you have the right amount of virtual resources to pay for construction. Power plants and water plants require things like rare materials and machine parts - and if you don't have any industrials that provide those then it won't build until you either donate those resources or build industrial plots that can provide them.