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Comment: Re:So What Metrics Do You Suggest? (Score 3, Informative) 115

by ohlolo (#22506504) Attached to: Ohloh Tracks Open Source Developers

Software development metrics are not worthless. They are, however, seriously misunderstood. This is partly why we built Ohloh to focus on Open Source: it's the world's largest testbed of available software development metrics.

One challenge to interpreting development metrics is having a clue about what is 'normal'. Just knowing your FOOBAZ count is X doesn't help much. Once you can compare your FOOBAZ count to 100k other developers, it may begin to give you some helpful perspective. Of course, relying on a single metric is myopic - which is why we offer comment ratio, language breakdown etc...

Btw, I agree that human opinion plays a vital role. That's why we also enable people hand out 'Kudos' to their peers - to acknowledge human judgement as well. The Kudo scores are then evaluated using a PageRank-inspired algorithm across all open source contributors.

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