[R] Feature request: rating/review system for R packages

From: Janko Thyson <janko.thyson.rstuff_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:33:38 +0100


Dear List,  

I'm aware that this has been brought up before (e.g.
<http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/e6/help/09/03/7365.html>
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/e6/help/09/03/7365.html ;
<https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2009-March/190902.html>
https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2009-March/190902.html), I couldn't find anything recent on the topic, though.  

After pondering all the pros and cons regarding the usefulness of a rating/review system for R packages, don't you think it would make sense to implement such a thing? Of course one could easily debate hours on how this should exactly look like (quality vs. quantitiy/popularity and such), but IMHO it would definitely be a start to have something like a simple version Amazon's review system available. It would allow you to form at least an initial opinion on purpose and quality of R packages before going at it. As more and more packages pop up on CRAN, I think it'd be great to have such a feature and that the time is ripe.  

Cheers,

Janko

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