[pmwiki-users] Rating cookbooks

The Editor editor at fast.st
Fri Jan 23 15:25:13 CST 2009

For what it's worth, I think a person should be able to go back and
change their level of support as needed. Suppose someone tries a
recipe and for some reason it doesn't work. So they give it a bad
rating, appropriately. Then the developer figures out where the bug is
and fixes it. Now everything works beautifully. They should be able to
turn their support from a 1 to a 5 (or reword their comment). Probably
a lot of recipe's start out ok, but get better as fixes and
enhancements are added. The ratings could be misleading if half the
ratings are from an earlier defective version.

No easy solution, but something to think about.


On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 3:41 PM,  <john.rankin at affinity.co.nz> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 06:02:43PM +1300, John Rankin wrote:
>>> - whichever term is chosen, I think ~~~~ may be a simplification
>>>   too far; I would really like to see a comment associated with
>>>   the name (rejecting any comments that contain a url)
>> Okay, if ~~~~ is too simple, then perhaps something like
>> http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/SimpleRating?  This
>> could be coupled with a form or link to make it easier to
>> add ratings, and changing the name to "recommendations"
>> or "friends" or whatever?
>> Pm
> Well, rating is a different concept. What I like about friend,
> endorse, recommend (following Christian's excellent post,
> I will use "support") is that the supporter is making some
> kind of commitment. If I say I support this recipe, I am in
> some small way giving my word, so it is not something I
> do lightly. This is what gives value to others -- that many
> people are prepared to say "I support this".
> On the other hand, if I rate something, I am not making
> the same kind of commitment and a rating places no
> obligations on the rater. We are trying to cover a lot of
> qualities with this idea: fitness for a purpose, depth of
> testing, security, usability, reliability and so on. Trying
> to reduce this to a rating is, in my view, too simple.
> So I come back to "Support this recipe" and tell others why
> you support it. A range of comments will give others an
> insight into the things that people have found to support.
> They are like one line reviews. I would like to see us treat
> recipes as small works of art, like a book or a movie or a
> song. Even a bad movie deserves a short review to go with
> its one star rating.
> JR
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