[Python-Dev] PyPI comments and ratings, *really*?
steve at pearwood.info
Sat Nov 14 16:25:54 CET 2009
On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 01:52:21 am P.J. Eby wrote:
> > > I don't want to create a PyPI account (more account details I'll
> > > rarely use to remember) just to vote. I can see why anonymous
> > > votes are bad, but the sample's going to be self-selecting -
> > > people like me who don't want to create an account will be
> > > excluded.
> >This is indeed intentional: people like you won't upload packages to
> >PyPI, nor will they take part in the rating system, as both require
> >a PyPI account.
> Which is bizarre, since Paul belongs to the group of people you say
> you care most about - i.e., those people browsing the index and
> looking for packages. The *consumers* of the comments, in other
Not bizarre at all, practical. Without authenticated votes, gaming the
system goes from technically challenging to simple enough anyone can do
it. Martin may have the best interests of "consumers" in mind, but he
can't force them to act in their best interest. If they choose to not
vote, that's their choice to make.
Think of it as voting registration. Even in countries like Australia
with compulsory voting, you have to register first, to ensure that
people make a single vote.
Since Paul doesn't have an account, he can't make comments, or rate
packages, or cast a vote. This is by design, not out of a desire to
defranchise people like Paul, but because the alternatives -- easy
comment spam, people voting multiple times -- are worse than some
proportion of users being unable to vote.
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