mouser, I see your point but aside from ranking the programs, how could we really determine which were the top apps?
i think you answered this question yourself sort of.
i see the job of this section not as choosing
the best app.
the job of this section is to let people express themselves as to what app is best at a certain task and why, and debate it.
with the first post in the thread summarizing the collective views, with relevant pointers
(pointers to other posts on dc, and pointers to things like betanews comments as brotherS suggestsion, or maybe other reviews of such programs).
so in summary, there is no need to decide which programs are best - just let people express themselves in posts to the thread, and every once and a while when something relevant is said that is worth adding to the top post (a url or an important observation, or a new program that multiple people like), then the mod adds it to the top.
what do you think?
[ps. jgpaiva and luckman you now should have the mod powers to split and merge posts and rename them, etc.]