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  • how do we get people to direct comments (even if we knew where those should go) and bug reports to their respective, correct venues?
    How about some review guidelines just above the "Review" box? Such as:

    "Do not use this to report bugs, it is likely the author will never see it and it won't get fixed. Please report bugs via [link to the distribution's rt queue]."

    Ironically, use.perl is not the bug report forum for cpanratings. :) I'll mention this thread to Ask so he sees it.

    While I'm at it:

    "Think before you give a module a 1. Is it really that bad?" (Prompted by the recent IO::All rating).

    "1 means... 2 means... 3 means..." For example, I'm the sort of person who rarely gives anything the highest rating because I think that should be reserved for exceptional cases. Other people ONLY use 1 and 5. "I hate it" or "I like it".

    Also it would help a separate rating to describe the level of bugginess encountered might be helpful.

    Finally, some option for authors to ask that ratings be emailed to them as they come in so that its push not pull.
    • Hey, thanks for the comments. I am aware that this is not the bugreport forum for cpanratings :) (though I’m not sure what is), but I wasn’t reporting bugs so much as hoping to kick off a bit of discussion. (Maybe I should post to Perlmonks as well.)

      Some explanatory text would certainly help. It won’t suffice, I think, but it sure would be an improvement over the current situation. Having ratings mailed to authors is a good suggestion, but I’m not sure how it relates to my points;

      • I am aware that this is not the bugreport forum for cpanratings :) (though I’m not sure what is)

        About [perl.org] says to email ask@perl.org.

        (Maybe I should post to Perlmonks as well.)

        Speaking of places where bugs are reported which never get back to the author.

        Having ratings mailed to authors is a good suggestion, but I’m not sure how it relates to my points; was it supposed to, did I miss something?

        I was just sort of on a roll at that point. If nothing else it means the authors might actually r

        • Speaking of places where bugs are reported which never get back to the author.

          Uh, I did say that the intent was to get some discussion going to exchange ideas maybe, not to report a bug. The issues I brought up are no bugs; see also the title I chose.

          Just about every author has an user@cpan.org address. Its best way to guarantee the author, any author, will get your message.

          I agree, but that isn’t the direction I was talking about. I was wondering how the author (or someone else) could respo

          •     Speaking of places where bugs are reported which never get back to the author.

            Uh, I did say that the intent was to get some discussion going to exchange ideas maybe, not to report a bug. The issues I brought up are no bugs; see also the title I chose.

            Just a general hate flung in the direction of Perlmonks. You just happened to be in the path.

            I agree, but that isn’t the direction I was talking about. I was wondering how the author (or someone else) could respond to a review(e

            • Ah! Of course. Noone but the author really needs to respond to a review. Good thinking. I’ll add one minor point: an author should not be able to post “self-reviews.”

              I think together with the stuff I wrote in reply to Ask that makes a cohesive set of proposed changes to mitigate the problems we currently see. I’ll summarize these in an email to him and see if I can lend a hand with the implementation.