[maemo-users] App downloads stats (was Re: chinook)

From: Krischan Keitsch krischan.keitsch at alumni.tu-berlin.de
Date: Tue Oct 23 21:09:27 EEST 2007
Am Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2007 schrieb Quim Gil:
> On Mon, 2007-10-22 at 15:40 +0400, ext Mikhail Sobolev wrote:
> > The main FBReader author would happily make FBReader available from the
> > extras repository.  The main reason why it's not there yet is the lack
> > of way to see how many installations are happening from it. :)  The
> > download numbers somehow help to prioritize checking/testing for various
> > platforms.
> Good point. Please follow
> Downloads statistics in extras repository
> http://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2155
> Also, the new http://downloads.maemo.org will show downloads count as
> well originated from people clicking those big green install arrows.
> btw, there have been conversations about implementing in the future a
> popularity-contest like feature. Users would accept (or not) to share
> information about the software they have installed and this would help
> us identifying the areas where there is more interest/activity, and what
> are the most popular third part applications. This feature is common in
> Debian, Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions.

Hi Quim,

I thing a voting / rating mechanism is interesting as a way of quality 
management in order to decide which application could "move up" to a central 

The question remains how should this rating mechanism be implemented? Is one 
rating category enough? Probable not. And how many different maemo members 
should have voted on an application before it can be considered to be part in 
the extra repository?

I could imagine different categories which will sum up to an overall rating:
* Stability
* Usability
** Fingerfriendlyness
** Sylusfriendlyness
* Integration in Hildondesktop
* Performace
* Eye candy
* ...

The overall rating would be calculated by a key which describes the influence 
of each criteria. (Stability 30%, Integration 20%, Usability 20% ...)

In case the overall rating is above a certain value - let's say 60% than this 
application could be considered as a candidate to be part of the central 
repository (Also of course a question of licence etc...). 

So, how many different user with a maemo login membership will be needed to 
vote an app up to a repository? More than 10? I don't know.

I think the advantage of having more and different categories is that it would 
also give the product owner (developer) an quick overview where he needs to 
improve the product to raise the overall rating above the magic line.

Well, so far my ideas. I am looking forward to a consolidation of the 
repository situation.

Best regards

Krischan Keitsch

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