[Catalog-sig] More descriptive ratings

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Sat Nov 28 22:42:00 CET 2009

Instead of a score, maybe it would be more useful to have a count of
people's experiences.  Here's a possible list:

* I use this package and like it
* I use this package, but have problems with it
* I used this package, but stopped because I found something better
* I used this package, but stopped because it caused me too many problems
* I used this package, but stopped because of reasons that don't reflect on
the quality of the package
* I tried to use this package, but couldn't get it working.

That entirely leaves out people who haven't used the package at all, which
seems fine.  The descriptions are a bit long, not sure if anything can be
done with that.  Jesse Noller noted (from Zed?) that there's generally a
bifurcation of votes -- either 5 or 0, depending on whether you love/hate
the package.  My proposal doesn't try to represent fine distinctions.  Also
it separates beginner problems that are blockers (which are what a lot of
people's pithy complaints or 0's are from) from more substantive problems --
and both deserve to be represented, but just should be represented

Ian Bicking  |  http://blog.ianbicking.org  |
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