Thoughts on the following would be appreciated..
Recently I’ve noticed that some people seem to be having fun rating extensions as ‘1 star’ without leaving any feedback or providing a review.
I’ve no idea why someone would want to do this, but as an extension author it’s pretty annoying having all of your hard work - hard work you’ve done for others - rated badly for no reason whatsoever. It’s also bad for potential users of the extension who may be put off by the bad rating when actually they could have benefited from a good quality extension.
I think the root of this problem is that it’s possible to rate an extension without leaving a trail. If the rater leaves no review, there’s no way of knowing who they were. (so for example I can’t see whether it’s the same person going around giving many extensions poor reviews for ‘fun’ or not)
So how about:
Extension ratings always show which user made them
Extension ratings are only possible if a review is left. (so will therefore show the user which made them)
Here’s one example of this. As I write this, this extension http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/672/nicer-image-names has only been out for a week or so, has only one vote (of 1 star) but no comments. When I first looked at it, it’d only been downloaded twice but already had a 1 star rating. I bet the author is really happy with that!
PS I know this isn’t mega-important in the grand scheme of things, but if people are going to take the time to write and release extensions then they should at least get ratings which are as fair as possible I think.