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Thread Subject:
The FEX MUST be moderated...

Subject: The FEX MUST be moderated...

From: Dr Anonymous

Date: 12 Dec, 2008 16:23:01

Message: 1 of 4

... otherwise morons get control of it. A quick look at the comments and ratings in http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/20933
says all.

Subject: The FEX MUST be moderated...

From: Fifo

Date: 15 Dec, 2008 21:53:03

Message: 2 of 4

"Dr Anonymous" <none@none.com> wrote in message <ghu355$j6l$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> ... otherwise morons get control of it. A quick look at the comments and ratings in http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/20933
> says all.

Apparently it already is.
Who else than TMW can remove the reviews?
I had one removed twice at that .M file (upper case to denominate a Marco's file)

Subject: The FEX MUST be moderated...

From: Gavrilo Bozovic

Date: 15 Jan, 2009 07:09:05

Message: 3 of 4

"Fifo" <btw.fyi@hotmail.com> wrote in message <gi6jjv$5v7$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> "Dr Anonymous" <none@none.com> wrote in message <ghu355$j6l$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> > ... otherwise morons get control of it. A quick look at the comments and ratings in http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/20933
> > says all.
>
> Apparently it already is.
> Who else than TMW can remove the reviews?
> I had one removed twice at that .M file (upper case to denominate a Marco's file)


Yeah, Marco's a legend in the FEX.

I recently also had somme comments removed from .M files, and subsequently I received an e-mail from a person working at The MathWorks explaining why. It goes:

"The MATLAB community is a non censored (within reason) place for everyone. To simply ban one person because a lot of others do not like his code is rather unfair, regardless of how good the code really is. We are trying to take an aggressive stance on the issues that have come to light recently in order to make everyone happy. From now on comments that are sarcastic, rude, use foul language or do not directly address the code will be removed"

I'm a little disappointed about this new rule. For me Marco's codes are pieces of art, for the coding itself, for the poor math behind it and above all for the unintelligible, pseudo-philosophical descriptions. Each time he posts something new it's a big laugh for my friends and for myself. I think he should be acknowledged for what he knows to do, which is make people laugh. And therefore humorous comments should be allowed for his codes.. (my removed comments were certainly sarcastic, but not rude in any way)

Subject: The FEX MUST be moderated...

From: Lars Barring

Date: 15 Jan, 2009 11:43:01

Message: 4 of 4

"Gavrilo Bozovic" <gavrilo.bozovic@helbling.ch> wrote in message <gkmneh$eoi$1@fred.mathworks.com>...

> 8< snip >8

> I recently also had somme comments removed from .M files, and subsequently I
> received an e-mail from a person working at The MathWorks explaining why. It
> goes:
>
> "The MATLAB community is a non censored (within reason) place for everyone.
> To simply ban one person because a lot of others do not like his code is rather
> unfair, regardless of how good the code really is. We are trying to take an
> aggressive stance on the issues that have come to light recently in order to make
> everyone happy. From now on comments that are sarcastic, rude, use foul
> language or do not directly address the code will be removed"
>
> I'm a little disappointed about this new rule. For me Marco's codes are pieces of
> art, for the coding itself, for the poor math behind it and above all for the
> unintelligible, pseudo-philosophical descriptions. Each time he posts something
> new it's a big laugh for my friends and for myself. I think he should be
> acknowledged for what he knows to do, which is make people laugh. And
> therefore humorous comments should be allowed for his codes.. (my removed
> comments were certainly sarcastic, but not rude in any way)

There are often fine lines between humour, sarcasm, and rudeness. And these lines
are invariably differently located in different (sub-)cultures. And given the breadth
in level of matlab sophistication, mathematical understanding and in application areas
I would argue that at the FEX there are several (sub-)cultures. Add to this the very
different cultures and level of (English) proficiency that comes with the global
coverage of ML Central. Then it is easy to envision that your humour and sarcasm
-- but not rudeness -- may not carry through in the good spirit that you intended.

Thus I do support the, as they write, "aggressive stance" TMW is taking.

Lars

PS: regarding the OP subject, please see this thread and post:
Subject: Re: Doubt on usefulness of the FEX
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 22:30:18 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <gieitq$i1g$1@fred.mathworks.com>

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