Disclaimer: I'm not saying anything new here, just wanted to put it down so I understand it.
Usually the first program that's listed gets supremacy and for good reason: there's only so much energy at the end of the day and placing rules and policies will frequently just gum up the works and make people feel like if their actions are unaligned with policy then they're not welcome. We are a volunteer website and we need to welcome volunteers (including Danix and Haller).JohnTHaller wrote:I believe PFC's general policy is to link the the portable version that the publisher provides/supports or instructions on how to extract a portable version from their normal version. This is the case with multiple app listings that are not stealth and have things break portably as you move machines as long as they mostly work. The PortableApps.com versions are listed as alternatives in these cases despite being demonstrably superior (stealth, fully portable and even allowing things like most recent files to continue working, etc).
That said, I think one way to make software better generally is to give time and attention to people who are doing it well. For example, when any of the Opera users here on the site talk to someone about web browsers they're probably going to talk about Opera. You promote the things you like so they get attention. Its free marketing many of these projects need to get users and financial support. Consequently, projects that provide a best product should get more attention.
SYSTEM pointed out there's no real standard for this and I agree. However, as portablefreeware.com, its important that in every case we list the most portable options, for which there are some standards (stealth, path portability, etc.) Ultimately versions that are mostly equivalent will get decided democratically.
- Some users don't want any kind of wrapper program at all. In fact as SYSTEM points out, portable enthusiasts on our forums are populated primarily by people trying to get away from that or they would have left for PA or WPP forums.
- As Hydaral pointed out, many here really don't want to be just a news site for PortableApps. PortableApps.com is currently doing that and it doesn't make sense to duplicate their effort.
Did I miss anything and should we keep doing it this way?