[aur-general] My thoughts on the [Community] policy discussion
goodgrue at archlinux.us
Sun Nov 30 02:38:19 EST 2008
First off, I'd like to introduce myself so you can weigh my
observations appropriately. My name is Drew. I'm a casual Arch user,
and until recently my only experience with the AUR was using yaourt to
download and install packages (and pacman to install from [Community],
but I didn't really understand what that meant). Recently I've been
following the discussion on this list regarding how to determine which
packages belong in [Community]. Despite my lack of Arch/AUR mastery,
I'd like to offer my two cents.
1. If it were possible to know with certainty that a given package
were not in use by anybody (or only by a very small number of people),
there would be overwhelming agreement that the package does not belong
2. Both vote counts and pkgstats statistics, as they are currently
generated, are flawed metrics of package popularity.
3. Nearly all of the controversy over various [Community] admission
policies stems from the fact that different people place different
levels of trust in the information provided by votes and pkgstats.
I feel like I'm a bit late to the party, but unless there is a
critical need to act now my recommendation would be to first set up a
system whereby accurate usage statistics are obtained and then proceed
to develop policy based on accurate, interpretable statistics.
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