[Python-Dev] PyPI comments and ratings, *really*?

Tres Seaver tseaver at palladion.com
Thu Nov 12 23:52:08 CET 2009

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Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM, Jesse Noller <jnoller at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'd not trust a package without a bug tracker, mailing list or link to
>> the source a lot sooner than something without comments and ratings.
> Yeah, but you're not exactly an average user. Most users don't know
> how to use a bug tracker. Also, there's a large variety of packages on
> PyPI. Not every developer has the same attitude, but they all live
> happily together on PyPI. (Or did you want someone to start a separate
> CPAN "for the rest of them" ? :-)
> [...]
>> What about astroturfing? What's to stop me from writing a script to
>> create a pile of accounts and then bumping packages I like with
>> glowing ratings and reviews? Who is going to be the moderator, and how
>> to decide between spam, incorrect comment, etc?
> Those are all hard problems, though all of them have at least partial
> solutions in the other worlds (Amazon, Wikipedia, Apple app store,
> etc.). Maybe there should be a standard "social app" that you can just
> customize for a specific purpose. Sounds like an interesting project,
> actually.

The appstore analogy actually helps Jesse's case"  "iFart in your
general direction."  (iFart is the top-rated app).  Popularity and
quality aren't related in any direct fashion.

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