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

Simon Hengel sol at typeful.net
Mon Nov 4 22:45:36 UTC 2013

> 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.

I think a simple like/star mechanism is better than 5-star rating.
Otherwise I, as a package author, feel tempted to make every user happy
in fear of bad reviews (which may not necessarily lead to the most
consistent or future proof API).  Writing high-quality packages is not a
popularity contest!

Or maybe just integrating GitHub stars is the way to go?  If this leads
to more stars for Haskell projects on GitHub, this would also help to
promote Haskell in the large open source community!


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