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  • I think a big attestment to the silliness of CPANTS is the fact that it doesn't omit Acme:: modules to begin with.

    But seriously, CPAN is great because it is comprehensive. I really fear that if CPANTS gets popular, that it will destroy this ugly beauty of CPAN. "Oh, I don't want to release this module because it will reduce my CPANTS rating." Who the hell decides that the development practices that CPANTS tests are the good ones, and that they are applicable to every project? I guess that's why CPANTS isn't (and must never be) official.

    Anyway, I've always felt that ratings pull apart collaborative communities, making them competitive. That's the last thing we want for CPAN.

    So yeah, I don't think CPANTS's metric is particularly bad, I just think it's a bad idea to have a metric on community members at all.