[Rubygems-developers] Suggestion: RAA-like meta-data

Gavin Sinclair gsinclair at soyabean.com.au
Mon Mar 22 02:12:06 EST 2004

On Monday, March 22, 2004, 1:07:52 AM, Chad wrote:

>> I'm in favor of the keywords approach.  Categories always feel clunky,
>> since it's not always black-and-white as to where a package belongs.
>> However, allowing developers to choose their own keywords could be 
>> detrimental, too.  That could be allowed, but there should be a set of
>> "standard" keywords, too, so that users have some idea of what to look
>> for.

> I'm thinking we could provide an alternative to standardizing keywords
> by using case insensitivity mixed with the porter stemmer algorithm.
> This would at least eliminate the difference between "Networking", 
> "networks", and "network".   I would personally like to avoid any kind
> of standardized keywords and/or categories for gem developers.

What about "database" vs "db"?  I think some standardisation is
beneficial, even if it's ad hoc.  I certainly don't advocate a
bureaucracy; just a bit of consistency injected by the gem server


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