[pmwiki-users] want opinions on a new cookbook recipe format

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Tue Mar 7 13:44:25 CST 2006

On Tue, Mar 07, 2006 at 01:18:46PM -0500, Susan wrote:
> I'm leery of a Votes line, unless it's quite clear what the Vote is about.
> Most in need of improvement?
> Most useful?
> Most used?
> Most downloaded? (downloads.com, great description means very popular, 
> even if program itself won't run)

Currently the Cookbook has on the order of 350 recipes in it.  Once
we start getting to that size, I think we need a way for someone who
is just starting out to have some idea of which recipes are the most
popular/useful as measured by the people who are using PmWiki.

I don't think we'll run into the downloads.com problem, because
on downloads.com they count every download as a "vote" for popularity,
even if the download doesn't work.  Here a person would have to
take an extra step to register a vote, and they aren't likely to
do that until after they've tried out the recipe.

We don't have to call it "Votes:" -- we can come up with another
term.  We could even come up with a [[!Popular]] category, and
simply list popular recipes that way.  The nice thing about "Votes:"
though is that it's dynamic, self-updating, and we get finer
results than simply popular/not popular or works/doesn't work.

(I think the "status" line is a better indication of works/doesn't work.)


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