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

H. Fox haganfox at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Mar 7 14:44:35 CST 2006

On 3/7/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> 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.)

FWIW, freshmeat.net uses Rating, Vitality, and Popularity rankings.


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