As mentioned in my previous topic of feature requests, I feel that it’s quite hard at the moment to determine which packages are better than others at dong the same jobs.
Earlier packages will have more installs and this will artificially inflate their importance, whereas newer, better, more-often-updated packages that do the same thing may be overlooked by most people seeing that large shiny number on the old package.
I must admit that I don’t have a good solution here, though. I tend to click ‘more info’ and look at the readme file, version number (higher suggests more updates) and even the code in the repo sometimes in order to compare two packages that appear to do the same thing. Once I even installed both and compared them directly.
It’s be good for the package discovery tool to be able to somehow give us a better idea of things like ‘last updated’, ‘current version’, maybe # downloads in last week as opposed to all time (though that could still be useless as the momentum of an old, un-updated package will take a long time to wear out) all in the UI rather than ‘more info’.