[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#470406: Bug#470406: Please remove vanity suggests on popularity-contest

Charles Plessy charles-debian-nospam at plessy.org
Tue Mar 11 01:34:42 UTC 2008

Le Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 12:26:57AM +0100, Christoph Berg a écrit :
> Package: autodocksuite
> Version: 4.0.1-1
> Severity: serious
> Hi,
> it appears to me that autodock and autogrid's Suggests on
> popularity-contest merely serve the purpose of pimping that package's
> popcon scores. Please remove the Suggests.

Hi Christoph, hi Steffen,

Indeed, the rationale is explained by Steffen in README.Debian:


  Dr Garrett Morris of the upstream developers is very much looking forward
  to see AutoDock being distributed with Debian. The Scripps Institute asks
  for registrations prior to the download of the tarball or the binaries
  at this URL
  which does not affect the distribution of this package under the
  GPL. Nevertheless, please respect upstream's genuine interest to know
  about the impact their work has on the field, which is key for writing
  grant applications. Also please consider installing the Debian package
  popularity-contest. This counts the installations and may thus further
  help upstream to further develop their software.

In my opinion, the popularity-contest score would even more informative without
the dependancy because there would be no bias compared to other packages. In
none of the two scenario we can assume that a popcon score of one translates in
one user anyway, and the popcon metric is too different from Upstream's metric
of counting downloads.  However, I hope that the ratio between "vote" counts
for the programs we distribute and autodock is informative enough to be
mentioned in Upstream's grant applications.

Steffen, if you agree but are busy, I can prepare an update.

Have a nice day,


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