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Old 11-24-2011, 09:44 AM
Pedro Bessa
 
Default the average rating problem

The people who install a software think the software's description goes
towards their objectives. If the software does what its author says that
it does extremely well, those people rate it 5. I see lots of software
whose description doesn't even go towards my objective, but are still
rated 5. I mean, software that I'm not interested in using above
software that I'm interested in using in the lists. That's really weird!


We must keep track of usage interest. If a software is read by 100
people and 90 from among them choose to install it, that means 90% are
interested in using it.


To keep track of what apps were read, we can 1: mark read, mark unread,
save marks, load marks.
To keep track of what apps were read, we can 2: don't show more than one
app at the same time, show mini description, expand to full description,
collapse to mini description and a link to the next app in the current
category.


In my opinion, 2 is better than 1.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:27 AM
Matthew Paul Thomas
 
Default the average rating problem

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Pedro Bessa wrote on 24/11/11 10:44:
>
> The people who install a software think the software's description
> goes towards their objectives. If the software does what its
> author says that it does extremely well, those people rate it 5. I
> see lots of software whose description doesn't even go towards my
> objective, but are still rated 5. I mean, software that I'm not
> interested in using above software that I'm interested in using in
> the lists. That's really weird!


Weird compared to what? The same happens with ratings of books, or
hotels, or restaurants, or anything else.

> We must keep track of usage interest. If a software is read by 100
> people and 90 from among them choose to install it, that means 90%
> are interested in using it.
>
> To keep track of what apps were read, we can 1: mark read, mark
> unread, save marks, load marks.


The problem with that approach is that the effect would be both
invisible and obscure, so no-one would bother.

> To keep track of what apps were read, we can 2: don't show more
> than one app at the same time, show mini description, expand to
> full description, collapse to mini description and a link to the
> next app in the current category.
>
> In my opinion, 2 is better than 1.


That would require uploading data to a server whenever you viewed the
screen for an application, and whenever you installed an application.
It's an interesting idea, but again the effect would be invisible and
obscure, so I don't know how we'd interest people in opting in.

For the next version of Ubuntu Software Center we plan something
simpler: recommendations based on what you have installed. If you want
to see recommendations, you'll opt in to uploading your inventory.
People will opt in because it has a useful, near-instant effect.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/consumer-p-software-center-recommendations>

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