[R] Reply to list policy

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Dec 7 19:15:02 CET 1999

Martyn Plummer <plummer at iarc.fr> writes:

> I wonder if it isn't time to change the reply-to-list policy of R-help
> and adopt the alternative convention of replying to the author and asking
> him/her to summarize to the list.
> Recently R-help has been too busy for me to keep up with.  There were
> quite a few identical responses in the "Finding indices with a certain
> property" thread, rather than an extended discussion.  I think this 
> illustrates the need for a reply to author policy.
> Does anybody else feel the same way?

Not me.

- people often don't get around to summarizing

- you don't see whether anyone else replied, so either people get zero
  responses or responses from everyone. Todays minor storm was an
  exception to that effect: people replying before responses of others
  got in.

- it is manageable with filtering and threading. (e.g. procmail or

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