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

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Fri Nov 13 00:29:30 CET 2009

Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> writes:

> Masklinn <masklinn <at> masklinn.net> writes:
> > Because users don't read warnings.
> I don't like assuming users are idiots.

You don't have to. You need only assume that users are busy, focussed on
a task (“leave feedback”), and will therefore unconsciously filter out
*anything* that is not the simplest path to complete that task.

> > The warning will therefore be promptly ignored, and then the
> > aforementioned user will start ripping on the package because he
> > didn't get help following his comment.
> And then it's easy to point out that he was wrong if there was a
> warning in the first place.

I don't like having systems which make it easier to do the wrong thing
than do the right thing, then blame those users for taking the obvious
path to their goal.

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Ben Finney

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