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

Curt Hibbs curt at curthibbs.us
Sun Mar 21 10:07:15 EST 2004

Gavin Sinclair wrote:
> Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2004 9:12 AM
> To: Chad Fowler
> Subject: Re: [Rubygems-developers] Suggestion: RAA-like meta-data
> 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
> organiser.

I think a better approach to standardization would be to informally monitor
the keywords being used and periodically update a list of synonyms.


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