[R] A suggestion regarding multiple replies

Adaikalavan RAMASAMY ramasamya at gis.a-star.edu.sg
Mon Nov 17 06:24:16 CET 2003

I like the list the way it is and am grateful for all the email I get
everyday. If an alternative is required, perhaps forums (e.g.
http://forums.devshed.com/) could be considered but then everyone has to
make an effort to visit the websites instead of getting the questions
delivered in their mailbox.

Adaikalavan Ramasamy 

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
[mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of
Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 8:31 AM
To: partha_bagchi at hgsi.com
Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: RE: [R] A suggestion regarding multiple replies

On 14-Nov-03 partha_bagchi at hgsi.com wrote:
> Please don't take this the wrong way. There are a lot of extremely 
> helpful people who subscribe to r-help.
> I was wondering if it is time to adopt a strategy a-la Splus help 
> whereby people reply to the author and the author summarizes all the 
> replies?
> Just a thought and have a good weekend.
> Partha

This has its merits, in reducing the load on the list and its readers.

However, personally I like the way questions are bounced around between
people. and answers are devoped "conversationally", as it were, and I
think a lot would be lost if this were not to happen. On the whole, I
welcome the load!

R strikes me as somewhat special amongst languages in that there are a
lot of hidden subtleties, which sometimes are only pointed out by the
few people who are really familiar with them. At present this happens
on-list and usually very promptly, and this timely intervention puts
wrong ideas right before they get too deeply embedded; this benefit
would tend to vanish if a "summarise to the list" policy were adopted.

Of course there are some cases where a simple answer can be sent
directly to a person asking a simple question, but my experience is that
I have learned a lot about R by watching these dynamic discussions. I
hope they will continue!

Best wishes to all,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Fax-to-email: +44 (0)870 167 1972
Date: 15-Nov-03                                       Time: 00:30:42
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