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TO OSC Team: Allow users to rate contribuitons


chaveiro

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Hello,

 

I've seen many contribuitions that are nothing but errors and malformed code.

I believe the intentions are good but if we as users could rate 1-10 contribuitons, then the important ones whould be easy found.

 

I also suggest that every contribution had a topic open automaticaly in the forum. That should stop the need to search exaustively for a keyword that many times apears in hundreds topics without relative content.

 

Just my peny toughts.

 

Regards,

Chaveiro

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I believe all contributions are important, and certainly not dumb :blink: What have you contributed?

 

What is the measure of importance? Popularity? What you happen to need? How you feel about the person who contributed?

 

I don't think there should be any kind of system that diminishes the importance of any contribution - saying "this contribution is dumb, this one's good" does not achieve much from the perspective of development - if you feel something needs improvement then do so and contribute it back :)

 

If you do not like a contribution you do not need to use it - it may just be perfect for somebody else - telling everybody its crap may just be enough to stop that person contributing again.

 

Just MO

 

Matti

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Agree with Johnson.

 

At least the contributor took the time out to release the code - it's then upto the community to take it forward. So instead of saying "it's crap, it don't work", how about "it don't work, but I've recoded it, here ya go".

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I would echo the remarks made by Johnson and burt on this one. B)

 

A contribution may not be fully developed but has the base idea and concept there, maybe the contributor did not have any more time to spend onthe contribution or could not take the contribution any further themself, but had they not bothered to contribute in the first instance then the community would be no better off. <_<

 

The contribution could prove to be exactly what someone else is looking for with no further development required or may be picked up and developed by someone to take the contribution that step further.

 

I myself have taken contributions that were full of bugs and worked on them to do what I want. ;)

 

I have even released some of them back to the community, some of which have proved useful to others and some have been found wanting, with some I had not released from a default setup thus they contained settings specific to one of my installs, but all it takes is for someone to try the contribution and if they find fault then the issues can hopefully be resolved and an update made. :blink:

 

This is an open source community and as such needs to be constantly evolving else stagnation will out. :huh:

 

If you stop and think for a minute there are commercial packages out there that you will pay good money for and find bugs. :o

 

There is one very well known operating system to start off with. :lol:

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I see Johnson's point and I would tend to lean that way for those, myself included, who would want to submit an contribution (try to make a difference) and then get slammed for it if they missed something, or wasn't "good enough". On the other hand, I see lots of sites like www.download.com where people are allowed to rate items, but even still this example is not an apples to applest comparison. I guess it would be safer to err on the side of caution and courtesy. I've been slammed before, and I know it hurts.

 

Joey

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I third the motion to have each contribution automatically open a support thread.

 

A VERY easy quick fix (but not as good as the original suggestion) would be to to simply add a tex reminder and a link for the author to do that when the contrib is submitted).

 

-jared

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I would echo burt's question.

A contributor may not have the time or knowledge to support a contribution, however may still wish to contribute to the community.

In the knowledge part, issues can arise that are specific to one setup that others may not experience with their own setup.

A contributor is not obligated to support a contribution to my knowledge.

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The author doesn't have to be responsible for all support, it would just be an assigned location where people can discuss this contribution. Beside, many times authors of contributions do the best they can and it will be up to the community to make it better, we just need an meeting place to exchange ideas and help each other.

 

Joey

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Hello,

 

I've seen many contribuitions that are nothing but errors and malformed code.

Well, first off, I concur with everyone else in saying that no contribution should be considered "dumb." Everyone wants to do something a little different with their stores and though it's true that many contributions may seem minor, they can be a huge timesaver at 2am when you're trying to make one little change and simply can't figure it out.

 

Now in regards to the piece of your initial post that I quoted ... I specifcally remember downloading one of your contributions and spending the entire evening fixing it as it simply didn't work. Mistakes happen, you didn't see me making a post complaining about your malformed code did you? ;)

 

There was another huge post in regards to ratings and I do believe their should be a rating system but not in regards to usefulness but rather in relation to unobjective questions.

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Another point is the way in which this forum is moderated if any. Try a search on "attribute" and you will find around 500 pages or useless information as the search function sucks and if your wading through 500 pages of useless information at 2:am, a silly useless contribution isn't going to help.

Have you tried using the advanced search and using more than just the word "attribute"

 

What are the contributions pulling porn into a site.

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thanks Guy have you tried the newsdesk as far as I am aware there are no hidden porn links in it.

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I've been staying away from it Steve. I was thinking of it until I noticed the warning. If there are no links then someone needs to update the file contribution area. If I had time I would download and examine the code however I only get the weekends to play with this stuff and only part of it as I test fly UAV's on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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starcad

 

I see that your post was deleted.

I was on about Newsdesk not Newsbox

I have been working on Newsdesk and released an updated version to the contributions area.

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