[R] Final comment from a newbie
rconroy at rcsi.ie
Thu Dec 2 10:10:05 CET 2004
As a person new to R, I joined the list. I am a long-term member of the
Stata list, which has a tradition of being very helpful to newbies.
Imagine my surprise when my first day's mail included a rough rebuke to
someone for asking a simple question (including mentioning that the
poster had been reprimanded about this sort of thing before).
In the week I've been on it, there have been questions I could not
understand, struggling as I am with the basics of R syntax, which were
answered, and questions I could understand, which were met with
irritation and rebuke.
Made me decide not to post my hopelessly amateur question on getting R
to remember my proxy settings between sessions...
It's reasonable to say that for every naive question there were at least
two curt replies. Amazing how people can find the time to be rude, given
how busy they must be.
Well, I'm signing off now. I will learn R, but from the book. And I will
look forward to the time when the list divides into two lists: R-help
R is a great project. It's a pity there's no forum that will help the
Ronan M Conroy (rconroy at rcsi.ie)
Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics
Royal College of Surgeons
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 402 2431 (fax 2764)
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