Eigenpoll is a script which lets your users compare different options. Then it uses an algorithm similar to Google's PageRank to order the options. It is great for comparing your favorite open source software to other options, to find the best book on a subject, or to find the best practices for a problem domain.
Re: Another solution
Now that I were looking for it finaly found it.
There is a problem that the is no subscription
link on the project page.
If your enter the project via the right bar
or dircet hit via search you can't subscripe.
The problem you describe is one off the problems
I see with freshmeat.
Another problem is information overload ;-)
Typical I want to know about new releases of
software i use.
But freshmeat make it hard to find them
because the is so many releases every day
and the is no smart way to only see those which
Here is what I will suggest as a solution.
Make a hot list for every user can add the project
which interest them.
When the use access freshmeat make sure that new release on
the users hotlist is displayed first on the frontpage.
Now you can also use this information to rank the projects
after how many hotlists the project is on.
An with every project you could generate a list with this:
"User how have hotlisted this project also hotlisted the following projects"
this would typical be a list off related projects.
and for user you could generate a list of projects most related to project
on there own hotlist.
I think such a system would help a lot on the problems.