The HaikuDepot is full of applications, but finding the really good ones isn’t easy. If we all would rate and/or comment the software we tried out, that could quickly change.
Even better: once the number of ratings go up, the “Featured packages” in HaikuDepot could become more varied and dynamic as it could then reflect the actual users choices, instead of a manually barely maintained list of apps.
What do you say? Let’s use a few minutes of our free time over the holidays to set the HaikuDepot “Show” menu to only show “Installed packages” and rate/comment the stuff we already have. Then move on to install and rate other interesting sounding apps.
A little statistic: at the moment there are only 412 ratings of 237 packages.
Also, currently each rating is strongbecause there are so few of them. This effect will become less visible when there are a lot of ratings.
Finally, we should educate users about how to report bugs, the rating system is not the appropriate place for that, and an app that does not start does not deserve a 1 star rating (an app that destroys all your work repeatedly does, however)
Does the user have to login into HaikuDepotServer?
Or does it work by creating an account in HaikuDepot?
Which login will be accepted?
I am curious because I can login with my Haiku Community login there (HaikuDepotServer)…
True. There have been a few short discussions about which version’s ratings should be considered for an app’s rating on the HDS mailing list, IIRC.
Once there are more ratings, the system to calculate the app’s rating can be adjusted.
I’m not sure how best to inform the user. Maybe a short paragraph at the top of the rating window?
I think that would be rather counter-productive. A rating with no comment is better than nothing. Currently we get more or less nothing, making comments along the rating obligatory may deter the few willing…
Yeah, it may be too forced. Encouraging users to add a comment by pointing out how useful that may be to others/the project is probably better. That can be done by adding a simple short remark that says so somewhere near the rating section.
Well, everbody should rate the apps they have already installed and use regularly. That shouldn’t be too confusing. And in the future, if people install something they may continue to quickly rate the bugger after giving it a test run.
Great that you could sort this out. Be advised though that we have over 150 apps’ categories, icons and screenshots from this year’s GCI that have yet to be imported. Andrew and Alex are working on that.
So for now, it’s better to concentrate on rating and commenting.
I’d assume many people look through the list of apps returned by some search term and try out the ones that seem to fit what they were looking for. After some period of testing its features you either keep using the app or uninstall it again. Either way, giving a quick rating and maybe comment would be much appreciated by your fellow Haiku user.