Forum OpenACS Q&A: Packages? What packages?
If that information is available somewhere, I'll feel properly admonished and sheepishly do the reading recommended if it is. If it isn't somewhere, I volunteer to collate any information provided and compile it into the document I need. I somehow don't think I'm alone, so I would certainly make the result available.
Documentation is still one of our achilles heels in this project.
To be honest it's been so long since I last looked at the package repository pages that used to be at arsdigita.com that I don't remember for sure, but it'd be simple to have it show the description if doesn't.
My point is that the package description information and almost everything a user would like to know about a pacakge is already described in the package itself. It'd be a duplication of effort to have someone manually create pages with the package descriptions and keep that updated.
One thing that I think would be useful is if the package repository would let users comment on a package. That would be really nice and would allow for collaboration.
A sentence or two per package would be a big help for newcomers.
In other words, when I come up with a scheme I'd like to be able to quickly learn if a package will actually help me accomplish it.