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Re: Re: Reinvent a broken wheel?

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Jul 08, 2003 at 16:52 UTC ( #272350=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Reinvent a broken wheel?
in thread Reinvent a broken wheel?

I agree with you on your last point, but I cant help but think that having certain modules designated "selected" and having a SCPAN (Selected CPAN) would be a good thing. But it would be almost impossible to put in practice so I am content to dream.....


<Elian> And I do take a kind of perverse pleasure in having an OO assembly language...

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Re: Reinvent a broken wheel?
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Jul 08, 2003 at 19:13 UTC
    What stops you from creating a website that does a review of modules? Either something by yourself, a group of people or something like a wiki. It doesn't have to be part of CPAN.


      Beside time, nothing. But actually its a good angle that hadn't occured to me for some reason. If such a site did exist would you use it? Would you contribute? How do you think it would/should work? A voting system? Selected reviewers? What would be the criteria?


      <Elian> And I do take a kind of perverse pleasure in having an OO assembly language...
        I would use such a site if I "trust" it. That is, if I think the reviewers do a "good" job - their review has value for me. Trust is something that needs to be earned. It can come from names I value (I'd give more trust to a review from Mark-Jason Dominus than from Purlgurl), but most of all, it needs time.

        I don't know whether I would contribute. That would all depend how it's set, whether I believe it's going to work, and how much time it's going to take. I'd certainly not contribute in getting it started, except for an occasional discussion.

        Whether a voting system is something I'd prefer that depends on who's voting. If it's a voting system like Perlmonks, it wouldn't be useful at all. That would be useful if you'd want to measure popularity, which isn't at all the same as measuring quality.

        Selected reviewers has a good chance of working, if you have the right reviewers. But it might be very hard, if not down right impossible, to get them - it would mean a lot of (most likely unpaid) work for them.

        A forum where anyone can put their review up might work. Individual reviewers can form a reputation (and I don't mean reviews get buttons people can use to cast votes) making that their reviews get valued. And anyone can make up their own mind who to value more than others. (I might value reviewers 'A', 'B' and 'D', while you prefer 'B' and 'C', and usually disagree with 'D').

        Time will only tell whether it succeeds or not. And even if 5% of the people using CPAN would use a site we just discussed, I'd call it a success.


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