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Bug 207407 - Irrelevant download numbers are displayed
Summary: Irrelevant download numbers are displayed
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: updatecenters
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Pluginportal (show other bugs)
Version: 7.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 normal (vote)
Assignee: Jan Pirek
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-01-17 16:03 UTC by Petr Jiricka
Modified: 2012-01-27 10:51 UTC (History)
0 users

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description Petr Jiricka 2012-01-17 16:03:27 UTC
1. Go to
2. Sort the table by 'Downloaded' column (descending)

You see that of the top 10 downloaded plugins, only 3 work with NetBeans 7.0 or newer, the rest are old and out of date, and often irrelevant. So I don't think the metric of "total downloads during the entire history" is a good metric; I suggest to change it to something like "Downloaded (last 3 monts)" or similar. This would weed out the old crap.

Also, is this metric protected against robots? I.e. if I am a module owner and write a robot that clicks on the download button of my plugin 30.000 times, does the download counter detect this?
Comment 1 Jiri Kovalsky 2012-01-17 16:36:26 UTC
Honzo, do we use some detection of recurring downloading? And how hard would it be to change "Downloads" sort to "Downloads (last 3 months)"?
Comment 2 Jan Pirek 2012-01-27 10:51:09 UTC
this metric is just very simple stupid counter which increments every time the download button at the plugin is clicked. 

There is no robot protection, no history. 

To prevent robots it would be pretty hard (usually bot is cloacked behind the common User-Agent, does not rush on hits etc). To keep history of downloads it would be possible.