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Re: Social CPAN : Finding the best and most popular modules

by CardinalNumber (Prior)
on Jan 20, 2009 at 04:36 UTC ( #737474=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Social CPAN : Finding the best and most popular modules

What you propose seems a little more all encompassing than most ideas to modernize the CPAN (and related services) experience. But hey, since you're bouncing ideas around, if you haven't already, you may want to drop by the rethinking-cpan mailinglist Andy created (Update: Check out his related write up, too.). You may receive more focused feedback there and, once you're ready to put your idea into practice, that would probably be the best place to recruit help.

And for more on the pain of the CPAN Ratings system and a mini pro/con debate on "improving" CPAN in general, pick through this conversation from the perl.qa mailinglist.


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Re^2: Social CPAN : Finding the best and most popular modules
by jannino (Novice) on Jan 20, 2009 at 21:29 UTC

    Thanks for the pointers. I will check all of them out.

    Thanks everyone for the replies they are great.

    For ideas on where I am coming from:

    • Ratings: Netflix does this really well and simply, as do many online retailers
    • Starring:: Google reader lets you star, share, tag, and email articles. I find it very useful to star articles so I can find them quickly later. Being able to do that to my favorites modules would save me lots of time getting to the docs I need. I have to use del.icio.us for that right now.

    I wrote the post to be a bit provocative, since I wanted responses. Of course choice of modules for a project is a complex decision that takes some research and asking around. CPAN I think should work as a way of shining a bright light on what there is some consensus on as the best tool for the job, if you want it to, but it should never hide anything. Any new features should be of course take it or leave it, and should be easy to use, and just as easy to ignore if you don't find them useful.

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