[wp-hackers] Reviews for Plugins

Ryan Frankel ryan.frankel at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 22:29:14 UTC 2011

  This is a good idea and there is no reason this can't be implemented either.  Any sort of 'DSPish' algorithm could be used to calculate back the 'rating.'   I am sure a bunch of people on this list or others would be interested in this aspect of it.  I know this is right up my alley.


On Nov 1, 2011, at 6:18 PM, Mike Bijon wrote:

> Otto's point about a sign-in API to .org, would help prevent a lot of
> self-voting/cheating.
> But, I think the current ratings on .org need to be "fixed" before an API
> for plugin-ratings is built.
> --> end TL;DR (I drone on about "fix" algorithms below)
> -------------------
> Why fix?
> Quality scores get diluted when a lot of votes are cast, and turn into
> popularity contests. This means the best self-promoters usually end up at
> the top of the pile semi-permanently. That's what happened at Digg when it
> blew-up, and I don't think anyone wants that for WP plugins, after-all
> there's already a separate popular plugins list.
> It would be awesome if .org could take a page from ratings that are useful
> even when traffic/vote-counts skyrocket: HN, Reddit, Netflix, even Yelp.
> How?
> Most of those ratings use a probabilistic score instead of just averaging
> votes. These formulas have been around a while and there are many flavors:
> confidence (Binomial, Wilson) scores or credible (Bayesian) intervals.
> They're all pretty easy to implement (usually not in PHP though), and it
> might be fun to experiment with different formulas and get feedback from
> people on this list.
> Does anyone have an idea of how to contribute to the system behind .org?
> Would a plugin be a starting point, or is this something that would be best
> as an external system that .org would query? Would someone at Automattic be
> willing to export plugin-rating data so it could be played-with?
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