[R] Re: R-bugs interfacing to R-devel mailing list
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Feb 8 14:34:10 CET 1999
>>>>> "Jim" == Jim Lindsey <jlindsey at alpha.luc.ac.be> writes:
>> Please do *not* Cc: bug reports to other lists. This will only
>> cause most people to receive it in two versions, one of which will
>> be lacking the Problem Report identifier (PR# xxx). If someone then
>> replies to "all recipients", this will open up a *new* Problem
>> Report, etc.
Jim> I don't quite understand. How are members only of R-help to be
Jim> informed of important new bugs without regularly consulting
Jim> r-bugs? (I never think to myself.) Do the two versions you
Jim> mention include one to r-help? Jim
No, definitely, not.
Most things that have been (and should be) reported to R-bugs
are NOT important bugs.
* Some are not bugs at all
- because the sender was mistaken
- because it's really a matter of taste
* Some really happen only rarely,
and give error messages that are clear enough,
such that a user will `program around', etc.
* Some (e.g. UseMethod/ scoping rules / eval / substitute) really are
for more sophisticated R users whereas R-help usually has a more general
(applied) statisticians' audience.
* Documentations typos, ... *are* bugs [see the R-FAQ];
you help the R community a lot by reporting them, and we do fix them
(sometimes only eventually).
However, almost always they are not of much relevance to the R user,
and shouldn't be reported to R-help.
If important bugs are found,
they should be reported to R-help.
I think however, that we haven't seen many of them in the last
months (years?), and *did* report them (mostly?).
And: People who are actively developing R software (e.g. package writers)
should really be subscribed to R-devel.
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