Apps DB Round 3

Marcus Meissner marcus at
Thu Jun 14 10:32:43 CDT 2001

> The structure of the DB is that you have an
> app, like MS Word.  Now, when you're on MS Word,
> you can see an app description, and people can post
> comments.
> Each App can (should?) have sub version records.
> So, you can have a Word 2K and a Word 97 record.  The Word
> 2K record can contain more info, more comments,
> and we've also allowed the old 1-5 rating
> for the specific app versions.
> However, no one is really using the app versions.
> A lot of people are submitting an App
> (like Starcraft), and then just posting comments
> against the main Starcraft app page, and ignoring
> the version page.
> For Starcraft, it seems like we should get rid
> of the whole version stuff, because Starcraft
> conceptually really only has one version.
> However, for Word (and others), it seems
> to me to be really important to maintain
> the version distinction/info.
> Jer and I have kicked around two possible
> solutions, and I was hoping to see if anyone
> else had any better ideas.
> The first proposal was to modify the app's
> main page so that it would always display
> the version info of the most recent version
> of the app.  This would be a little tricky,
> because we'd need to ask people to enter the
> date of a particular version, but not too bad.
> The other proposal was to modify the app's
> main page so that you couldn't post any comments,
> and we made it easy/obvious to get to the versions
> page.


I think there is a layer of indirection too much. The versions
should probably already be shown on the app page itself, it is
too confusing otherwise.

Or have the toplevel app page just display the ratings and have 
a speific version edit/rate page, where the browsing user
can make changes.

Ciao, Marcus

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