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Re: [Maria-discuss] Enabling feedback pluging for MariaDB 10.1.4



I agree with Kristian.  Given the way it works, the statistics are really
meaningless and I feel you shouldn't drive important choices based on bad
statistics.  I personally would suggest displaying a link to a
feedback/survey form with web downloads and display a message after rpm/deb
installation that says something like "please visit
http://blah/blah/blah/survey to tell us more about the features you use and
help direct the future development of MariaDB".  This has an added bonus:
not all users know about all features, and a list/survey of the important
and interesting ones could get more users to use them.

Just my $.02


On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 1:19 AM, Kristian Nielsen <knielsen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> Michael Widenius <monty@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > for the alpha so I suggested Sergei today that we should enable it for
> > the beta period of MariaDB 10.0
> (10.*1* beta, I guess?)
> > As most MariaDB users should know, the feedback is totally anonymous
> > and no private or sensitive information is being sent.
> >
> > Any comments, suggestions or recommendations?
> I think it is a bad idea. Please do not do it.
> "Phone-home" is a misfeature in any product, and even more so in system
> software like a database.
> And besides, the information is much less useful than you think, because of
> unknown, but probably extreme, data skew. In fact, it will probably be more
> harmful than useful because people will use bad data to justify bad
> decisions.
> Experience supports this point of view with our download numbers. They do
> not
> include apt-get / yum / etc. installations, which judging from IRC
> conversations are the majority. Yet people continuely refer to them as
> though
> they mean anything, just because they are there.
>  - Kristian.
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