[Haskell-cafe] idea: ratings (or maybe comments) for packages in hackage

Dan Burton danburton.email at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 22:04:39 UTC 2013

And these steps are done!

* Download count is already there on Hackage, though it's relatively new so
it may take some more time for these numbers to have real weight.
* Revdeps are calculated and provided here:

-- Dan Burton

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM, Carter Schonwald <carter.schonwald at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Honestly the first step is making it easier (and efficient) to look at
> reverse dependency information plus download count.  Those numbers are both
> manipulable,  but can still yield some informative basic info.
> On Monday, November 4, 2013, Ben Gamari wrote:
>> Charlie Paul <charlieap at gmail.com> writes:
>> > This has been proposed many times before, and each time everyone agrees
>> > that something like this is a good idea. However, like many good
>> proposals,
>> > no one has put up code.
>> >
>> I also think that many Hackage improvements like this one were blocked on
>> Hackage 2. Now since this is finally in the wild it should be a bit
>> easier for people to pick up this sort of project.
>> > Also in this particular case, the devil is in the details. How do
>> ratings
>> > transfer between versions? How do you account for the effects of bitrot?
>> >
>> Certainly there are tricky details to work out but I think a lot of the
>> work will be simply getting to the point where we can collect ratings
>> and stuff them into a database. After this there would need to be some
>> experimentation to work out the finer points you mention.
>> In my mind a rating would consist of some numeric rating (1-5, for
>> instance,
>> perhaps along multiple dimensions, e.g.: quality of documentation,
>> type-safety
>> of interface, performance) for a particular package. The user, date, and
>> current version number should also be recorded.
>> A zeroth-order approach for accounting for bit-rot might be to use a
>> simple temporally-weighted average. This would be simple to implement
>> and might even produce marginally useful results. Even if not, it's a
>> place to start.
>> Cheers,
>> - Ben
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