[aur-general] Package voting alternatives

Jeff Horelick jdhore1 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 02:37:37 EST 2009

My problem with voting is that stuff like...Say i use one of the
firefox-like packages in the AUR (swiftfox, swiftweasel, firefox-beta, what
have you) and I vote for it, but then I switch to Chrome/Chromium. It's
unlikely that i'll ever remember to un-vote when i switch which would skew
the popularity/vote rating for the firefox package. Perhaps the fix for that
is to reset the votes on all packages every 6 months or something?

As far as actual voting though, i think be best option might be a sliding
vote scale, possibly like the vote at the Vim website for Vim scripts. Offer
3 "vote options" like: "Great package." "Meh." "Rubbish." and that'll likely
give the best idea of package usage/quality.

2009/12/26 Sebastian Nowicki <sebnow at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> I believe this was discussed on aur-dev some years ago, but it seems that
> discussion was lost (no longer in archives). I'd like to bring up the
> subject again. What do you think the best way to indicate package popularity
> is? The two main ideas were votes (the current implementation) and a
> download counter. I can't really recall which one was preferred.
> The issue has been raised because we're deciding which to use in "AUR2", as
> a patch has been submitted to implement votes.
> I'd like to know if voting works, how effective it is, and how much
> significance it has on a TU's decision to put a package into community.
> Basically whether it's "broken" and needs to be "fixed" or if it's fine the
> way it is.
> P.S. I didn't send this to aur-dev as it doesn't really concern the
> developers. It's an end-user feature, and mostly a feature for TUs, so I
> posted here.

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