Until now I haven't really been sure what interpretation to put on MetaCPAN favorites, so I haven't favorited anything. You won't be surprised to hear that the PR challenge prompted me to think about favorites, and your response to my interpretation is likely to be "well, yeah, duh!".
For a long time I've wished that MetaCPAN had a way to say
"I use this distribution".
For some distributions, the number of reverse dependencies
(how many other CPAN distributions use this one) is a good approximation
for "is this a good / useful dist?").
But there are a lot of dists that won't ever have a lot of reverse
dependencies, even though they're used a lot.
For example most things in the
Plus we can't account for DarkPAN usage.
So I thought that maybe CPAN favorites can be used as a proxy for "worth a look", or "if I was editing CPAN, I'd keep this dist". Which made me wonder: what's the distribution of counts of CPAN favorites?
Just under 83% of CPAN distributions have 0 (zero) favorites, or roughly 5600 dists have at least one favorite. For comparison, just over 10,100 distributions have at least one reverse dependency.
A favorite is quite a lightweight thing, and an author can always like their own dist. So for now I've set the threshold at 2: if a dist has 2 or more favorites on MetaCPAN, or if it has reverse dependencies, then it gets a +1 in the PRC ranking.
If you're curious, at the time of writing there are 701 distributions that have no reverse dependencies but 2 or more MetaCPAN favorites. Of those, 394 are candidates for the PR challenge.
We could consider an extra +1 if a dist has more than 100 favorites. That's a pretty select group:
Test-Simple 113 Plack 163 Devel-NYTProf 113 DBI 171 Catalyst-Runtime 116 Moo 172 Try-Tiny 121 App-cpanminus 188 Dancer 128 DBIx-Class 202 App-perlbrew 131 Moose 226 Dist-Zilla 134 Mojolicious 246 DateTime 140
Most of those already get plenty of +1's, so maybe not.
At some point, hopefully soon, I'll change the ranking to only consider reverse dependencies created by other authors.
Now I have a meaning for favorites that makes sense for me, I can start using them!comments powered by Disqus