I love that Atmosphere is solving some of the social & organizational issues around community packages. Starring packages is great and I see that comments and a new automated scoring are in the works which should be helpful.
But I think flagging is really unhelpful. It’s too easy to flag something because you didn’t RTFM, and even if there is a bug it doesn’t tell anyone under what circumstances it happens (and it doesn’t even tell the package author that it’s been flagged as far as I can tell).
I don’t think a binary working/broken flag actually makes sense in software.
I think GitHub issues is the right place for this kind of feedback. It helps the package author fix it (and know there’s a problem), and helps other people know how to work around the problem.
I guess the new score will incorporate this, but even so it will be hard to do something right with it algorithmically.
I would like to see flagging removed. Discuss…