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Re: Enabling feedback pluging for MariaDB 10.1.4
Maybe make it an option when installing?
On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 1:05 PM, Justin Swanhart <greenlion@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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
> > wrote:
>> 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
>> unknown, but probably extreme, data skew. In fact, it will probably be
>> harmful than useful because people will use bad data to justify bad
>> Experience supports this point of view with our download numbers. They do
>> include apt-get / yum / etc. installations, which judging from IRC
>> conversations are the majority. Yet people continuely refer to them as
>> they mean anything, just because they are there.
>> - Kristian.
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