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

Michael Sparks sparks.m at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 02:02:20 CET 2009

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:44 AM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> writes:
>> > Why can't we just disable it until we can come up with a better
>> > system that finds a balance between the rights of maintainers, and
>> > those of the user?
>> Because I want to wait for the outcome of the poll first.
> There's a problem with the poll's placement: on the front page of the
> PyPI website.
> I only know about the poll because you said there was one, and I went
> hunting for it. The front page of PyPI is not one I ever visit, as a
> package maintainer; I'll visit the pages for the packages I maintain, or
> make a specific search of packages I'm looking for.
> So, the poll's audience is limited to those who visit the front page
> (which is hardly ever necessary for package maintainers), and those who
> already know it exists (e.g. through this discussion thread). You'll be
> missing the opinions of those maintainers who, like the OP of this
> thread, only discovered the behaviour much later.

This poll is only visible if you're logged into PyPI. This strikes me
as a mistake. I went looking for a poll and didn't see it.

I only found the poll by accident by wondering randomly what might
change if I hit the login using open id button. So you can only vote
in the poll if you a) get told about it b) realise you need to create
an account to login and use in order to vote. I realise there's good
reasons for that, but I think it's a mistake. (There's no guidance
that you need to log in to see the poll for example)


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