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From:
Aristotle Pagaltzis
Date:
June 30, 2008 14:19
Subject:
Re: The Problem with Non-Functional Metrics
Message ID:
20080630211944.GT24815@klangraum.plasmasturm.org
* chromatic <chromatic@wgz.org> [2008-06-30 22:05]:
> Where CPANTS works now is identifying actual, functional
> problems with distributions: missing licensing information,
> not extractable, POD errors, invalid META.yml, et cetera.
> 
> Where CPANTS doesn't work is attempting to bolt on several
> other highly-ambiguous metrics in order to turn the ranking
> into a differentiator between similar distribution.

Which is what I said. The difference is that I don’t see how the
game is particularly harmful as long as it’s carefully applied to
functional problem metrics only. In that case I see it as a
useful social hack. The hall of fame as an indicator of “these
authors consistently take the necessary care to make sure you
won’t have problems with their software for no good reason” seems
fine to me, at least. The hall of shame is rather more debatable.

Regards,
-- 
Aristotle Pagaltzis // <http://plasmasturm.org/>

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