[development] Consolidating duplicate contrib modules for D7

Jerad Bitner sirkitree at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 19:15:27 UTC 2009

I'm wondering if there is a way to get a lot of these stats onto a
page automatically - some way to give a project a tag that puts them
in the same category - then a page with an argument for that tag that
would pull in the project's stats (issue stats, usage stats, maybe
some new activity stats).

If we could agree on a good way to do this I would be willing to help
champion the feature.

Just for the record I totally agree that there should not be
regulation, but a way to surface the relevant data better in order for
people to 1) understand how to evaluate/compare modules and 2) make it
easier for them to do so.

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 12:04 PM, Steven Peck <sepeck at gmail.com> wrote:
> Differences occur because
> - development happened in a similar time frame.
> - developers do not play well with each other.
> - developer B has contempt for developer A's code
>  - and is not courteous in discussions of said codes weakness so does
> their own project.
> - modules seem the same but use wildly differing methods to achieve
> their results.
> The problem with the 'have the doc team do it' pretends we have
> assigned people that will magically carry this out.
> - They will install various modules on clean test sites.
> - They will have use cases which will allow the evaluation of the
> modules in questions
> - They assume the module contributor in question is responsive and
> that duplication is the result of 'just happened' instead of hostility
> between developers.
> - The modules are actually similar enough in function to be accurately compared.
> - Users will magically find the module comparison page and it will be
> up to date.
> Not really going to happen.
> The best long term suggestion is to have the maintainers clearly
> document any differences on their project page (preferably the ones
> who are second should do this by default).  People (devs) who have a
> need for a module and had to evaluate could submit an issue with a
> request to have an updated 'difference' description added.  Suggested
> sample text would probably help.  A module maintainer is not
> necessarily willing to go download a similar  module if theirs already
> fills their needs.
> The ones that are not used die out as tracked on the usage page.
> I would suggest a linked article on how to evaluate a project for use
> (and suggest how to get description updates) linked to the top of the
> Projects page description would be more useful.
> sepeck
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM, nan wich <nan_wich at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> Shai Gluskin wrote:
>>> Asking the docs team to write module comparison pieces is a good thing too
>> NO!!!  The comparison pieces should be written by the module developers or
>> one of their advanced users.
>> Nancy E. Wichmann, PMP
>> Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Dr. Martin L. King,
>> Jr.

~Jerad Bitner
CTO ~ Rapid Waters Development

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