[R] Protocol for answering basic questions

roger koenker rkoenker at uiuc.edu
Wed Dec 1 18:22:28 CET 2004

Maybe it would be helpful to think of R-help as something more than
the Oracle of Delphi.  Questions, ideally, should  be framed in such a
way that they might lead to improvements in R:  extensions of the code
or, more frequently  clarifications or extensions of the documentation.
Indeed the R-help archive itself serves this function and could 
be searched prior  to firing off a question to R-help.  As traffic on 
increases there is a delicate balance that must be maintained in order
to keep knowledgeable users interested in the list.

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On Dec 1, 2004, at 10:56 AM, James Foadi wrote:

> On Wednesday 01 Dec 2004 4:46 pm, Robert Brown FM CEFAS wrote:
>> Understandable but not a recipe to encourage the use of R by other 
>> than
>> experts. The R community needs to decide of they really only want 
>> expert
>> statisticians users and make this clear if it is the case.  
>> Alternatively
>> if they are to encourage novices the present approach is not the way 
>> to do
>> it.
> I perfectly agree with Robert Brown. Althogh I have been captivated by 
> "R",
> and will keep using it, I would appreciate if "R" gurus could make 
> this clear.
> Thanks
> James
> -- 
> Dr James Foadi
> Structural Biology Laboratory
> Department of Chemistry
> University of York
> UK
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