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The Python Package Index currently provides a feature where users can comment on individual packages. Some package maintainers are opposed to such a feature, and would like to leave activation of the feature up to the maintainer. Along with comments, there is also support for rating the package with a number from 0 to 5. This page discusses arguments in favor and against per-package comments.

There is also a discussion on Catalog-SIG starting with an email by Martin (who implemented the feature) and continuing in the November archive.

Pro comments

Contra comments

For more contra arguments, see also this Sourceforge issue with input from many package authors and community members.

Poll

There is a public poll running to determine what users think of the rating and commenting features.

To vote, go to http://pypi.python.org and log in; the home page will offer you the chance to vote in the poll.

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