Yes, like the Reaktor User library, it has that problem too… Number of stars makes it easy for new ensembles that people are excited about, number of downloads makes it easy for old old old ensembles… I think that it does not work at all…
In the case of VCV it was (at least back then) the belief that many users subscribed to every single plugin.
As far as stars or other kinds of opinion ratings it’s a highly charged topic. For one thing it is against the rules to criticize free modules. I’m in the small minority of believing that some kind of “review” would be a good thing.
On top of what has already been mentioned, one other issue with this that springs to mind is that the modules are delivered as plugin collections so there’s no way of knowing what the most popular individual modules are, only the most downloaded plugin collections. This coupled with the oldest plugins most likely having the most downloads and the fact that many people just download everything that is free, the figures will be skewed and therefor not very useful.
It seems like there are a lot of different viewpoints on this subject. I can see how newer developers might get their feelings hurt if there is some sort of ranking system, especially given that their modules are free. The other side of it is that it may even encourage creators to strive for better modules. I can also see how no ranking encourages us to find out for ourselves, but we can also find hidden gems with a ranking system. As of now, there is not a ranking system, and I’m sure the developers have decided that for a reason. I just believe that it may help a newer user like myself differentiate between the plethora of modules as the library gets increasingly larger.
I definitely do not parse the free and premium into 2 neat piles. Some free modules have most excellent and some premium have been less than I hoped for. Quality seems to be factor of the developers desire to code a great sound and function, not how much I pay.
Of course, but there is a little tension around that. Are free modules just as good as paid ones, and should be held to the same high standards? Or a free module a playground that new programmers may contribute to without fear of flame?
From the guidelines of this forum:
Critique of others’ projects should be constructive, particularly if a project is offered free of charge such as an open-source/freeware plugin or music recording. It is always possible to offer advice to improve a project while keeping a positive attitude.