POSTS FOR 2003

Suck-O-Spam

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When I initially set up this site, I wanted to make it as good as I possibly could. I wanted it to in-depth, thorough, and a great source of information for the users.

To help make it better, I’ve opened myself up to user comments. Specifically in the JavaScript section of my site (which is where I get roughly 85% of my hits), I’ve had a long-time feature called the “Suck-O-Meter”. In some cases, it’s been great to have. I’ve been able to get a sense of what my users think about my scripts and the documentation that I provide, and have been able to apply suggested improvements in an effort to make this site as good as it can be.

Unfortunately, I get many users who like to send me “Suck-O-Spam”, wherein they rate the script seemingly arbitrarily, and then don’t leave a name or email or a comment on how I can make it not suck. These are a complete waste of my time, and continue to fill my email box.

As of right now, I’m forcing those who want to comment to “Cowboy Up”, and put their name with their remarks. This way it’s not a waste of my time (and mailbox space), and they can actually do something to help this site improve. All form fields for the “Suck-O-Meter” are now required. It’s just plain better this way.

And no, I won’t give out your email addresses or flame you for giving a script a low score. If I do contact you, it would only be for clarification purposes.

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .