CRAN Task Views is great to find a list of packages to perform a certain task. However, once you have the list, how do you weed it down to the one package you will use? Comparing them all requires too much time for me. I'm looking for something like a Rotten Tomatoes for packages https://www.crantastic.org/ had this kind of goal, I think, but a lot of good packages have 0 reviews here.
I like https://www.rdocumentation.org/taskviews, or in general looking up packages on https://www.rdocumentation.org/, because of the "percentile of downloads" statistic. However, this is the percentile of total downloads, i.e., it includes dependency downloads, not only direct downloads. Thus, if package A has fallen out of grace in the community, but it has been around for a long time, or if it's a dependency of package B which is newer and more commonly used these days, it gets an unfair advantage over package B. Also, https://www.rdocumentation.org/ doesn't seem to have user reviews/comparisons among similar packages.
So, what's your process to choose among packages?
cross-posting disclaimer: similar question asked also in the #r4ds Slack community https://rfordatascience.slack.com/archives/C6VCZPGPR/p1524298419000029