[Catalog-sig] Package comments

Jannis Leidel jannis at leidel.info
Wed Nov 4 00:46:23 CET 2009

Am 03.11.2009 um 22:49 schrieb Martin v. Löwis:

>> -1 That would defeat the purpose of being able to channel feedback  
>> to an
>> alternative location, e.g. the dedicated issue trackers for my  
>> packages.
> Please understand that the purpose of the commenting system is *not*
> to report bugs, but to let users voice their genuine opinion about the
> package. Telling them to use the tracker is, IMO, depriving them of
> their right to explain their evaluation of the package; a bug  
> tracker is
> not an adequate means for that.

First, I should note that I'm the last person who wants to deprive the  
users of my packages of their right to tell the world how good or bad  
the packages are. That's just ridiculous.

But - and please don't take this as an offense - I disagree with the  
idea of a package index which introduces a notion of quality by using  
rating and comments because they are subjective and occasionally  

I don't really mind PyPI being "just" an index of Python software in  
contrast to a troll atracting site like download.com, softpedia.com or macupdate.com 
. I like that it's the infrastructue we rely on in buildout and pip  
but wonder if user feedback is really required for that.

Why not create a separate site with ratings and comments, along the  
lines of Jacob's cheeserater.com (now defunct) or Plone's software  


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