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

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.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay

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