Currently, Discover sorts apps by popularity. In this case, popularity means “number of ratings”, and ratings come from user reviews. This is why GNOME Tweak Tool shows up first in Discover’s browse list: apparently it’s very popular among GNOME users, and they’ve written lots of reviews about it. We should all follow their lead and write some quality reviews about our favorite software; this helps the best apps bubble up to the top, and users love reading reviews from other users when determining whether or not to install an app.
Here’s how to write a review in Discover:
First, browse to an app page, and click on the “Show Reviews” text to open the Reviews pop-up:
Now Click on the “Review” button to write a review:
Now write your review, then click Accept:
Worth mentioning: the visual imperfections you might have noticed in the above screenshots are tracked by KDE bugs 390030, 390031, 390032, and 390035. We also have plans to make reviews more prominent (KDE Phabricator revision D10237) and allow sorting by criteria other than popularity (KDE bug 383518).
What to write in a review
Here are some examples of unhelpful reviews:
- “1 star, it crashes on launch on Debian 3”
- “1 star, doesn’t have this one specific feature I want”
- “1 star, Electron apps are the worst! Rewrite it in Qt/GTK/Wx/ncurses you n00bs!”
These reviews don’t communicate much useful information, or will quickly become inapplicable. Useful reviews are about the app itself, not the conditions in which it’s run, or the toolkit of programming language it’s been created with, or any one particular annoying bug. They honestly describe the app and its features, usefulness, and impact in a way that will be relevant to uses in a month, a year or even later. Reviews like this are a blessing to users everywhere, and make it easier to find new apps.
So go out there and review your favorite apps!