I am a new KDE user (I’ve been using GNOME for years) and one thing that has bugged me to no end is why the perceived quality of community-contributed downloadable content is so low.
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Every time I use the Get New widget, I am surprised by how “average” they are, i.e. the rating doesn’t stray very far from 5 out of 10 stars.
This content comes from store.kde.org, which is the actual source of this idiosyncratic and, I would argue, just misleading scoring system:
You might be surprised to know how users have actually rated the products in this screenshot:
Mudeer has four 10/10 ratings. Yet it’s been assigned a 7.2/10 rating.
Polonium has one 6/10 rating and six 10/10 rating. Somehow it’s a 7.6, instead of a 9.2 rating a weighted average (StackOverflow link redacted) calculation would suggest.
Karousel has a single 10/10 rating. The store decides that’s worth 5.8
None of this makes any sense mathematically, nor to how people judge and calculate ratings in the real world. These nonsensical numbers all come from the strange concept that anything uploaded on the store starts at 5, which makes no sense whatsoever and it’s even worse when this 5 that should represent neutrality is transposed to a 5/10 star rating which has a totally different meaning. A 5 score is a dimensionless number, but 5 stars out of 10 is a very clear and agreed upon indicator of this thing is not very good.
I haven’t been able to find where the code of store.kde.org is located, so here is my plea: please fix this weird rating system that is somehow coalescing all community-contributed content around a mediocrity score.
I know this is good nerd-snipe to discuss the pros and cons of scoring systems (recency should have a lot more weight than it currently has), but first, let’s fix scores and have them operate like the rest of the world expects. It doesn’t help the image of KDE to new users if everything they can download for it is plainly mediocre because of a silly scoring system.
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