[Catalog-sig] Please turn off ratings

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Apr 6 00:06:35 CEST 2011

Am 05.04.2011 23:54, schrieb James Bennett:
> On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Jacob Kaplan-Moss <jacob at jacobian.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
>>> Most recently on this list: Rene Dudfield.
>> OK, so we're up to:
> TBH I feel like the relevant question is this:
> Martin: is there any argument, any collection of arguments, any
> response from users or collection of responses from users that could
> be presented that would convince you to turn off ratings?

I could be convinced by a majority vote, in an open poll.

I know Jacob is skeptical about polls, and asks that the maintainers
should channel the user's voices - which I believe I'm actually doing.

Turning this around: what is are the objective arguments *for* turning
it off? Going by Jacob's initial list of arguments, I think they all
are not good reasons to turn them off:
- it's not helpful to the maintainer
  may be true, but that's not a reason to turn it off - maintainers
  should just ignore them if they are not helpful
- it's not helpful to users
  I believe this is not true
- it's not helpful the commenter
  why does he go through the effort, then? It must be helpful,
  even if just to vent frustration, or to share joy
- it's not helpful to PyPI
  none of PyPI is helpful to PyPI. PyPI is helpful to the Python
  community (including this feature)


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