[Catalog-sig] Package comments
pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Nov 4 01:39:45 CET 2009
At 10:49 PM 11/3/2009 +0100, Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>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.
No, but their personal blog(s) are a wonderfully available and
appropriate place for them to do so... assuming that one believes
that this "right" exists in the first place.
After all, if the general public has a "right" to make such comments,
then the download page of Python.org should allow similarly
unmoderated comments, and disallow any Python developer from deleting
those comments. (That would be "censorship", after
all.) Microsoft's Windows Update webpage should likewise be open to
comment, as should Apple's iTunes page. That would really help other
Yes, let's all have a right to comment on every web page, just
because the creator of that web page has chosen to offer some
software for us to use.
The idea of a "right" to comment on a software package's download
page is a *really* bad idea, and it deserves much worse ridicule than
it's currently receiving in this discussion.
Cleaning off graffiti is not censorship.
If you want to provide a comment process, why not include a link to
search Google for backlinks to the package page, and let people write
blog posts about the package that way? Then the authors and users
alike can search to see what's being said about the package.
Then, if you really feel that PyPI must provide free hosting for
trolls, put the comments on a web page somewhere with a backlink, and
let them compete for relevance with those who care enough about what
they have to say to write something more thoughtful and relevant than
"this sucks! boo!" or "it's awesome! yay!".
IMO, it should be easier to find thoughtful commentary and experience
reports about a package, than to read a list of low-quality, 1-or-2
line graffiti scrawls(which is what the current system demonstrably
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