[Catalog-sig] Please turn off ratings

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Wed Apr 6 09:16:08 CEST 2011

On 05/04/2011 22:18, "Martin v. Löwis" wrote:
> In abstract, the rationale is that it allows users to select a package
> without going through the possibly-time-consuming process of evaluating.

Encouraging any user, particularly new users, to select a package based 
on a 5-point abstract rating system and a couple of user comments is 
doing them a dis-service.

Selecting open source packages to use is one of the more difficult tasks 
a developer who chooses to use them can face. Encouraging them *not* to 
do their own research (find the issue tracker, see what issues are open, 
see how active the mailing list is, see when releases were last made, 
see if the maintainer is responsive, etc) seems like an extremely bad idea.



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