[R] A possible way to reduce basic questions

Yuandan Zhang yzhang4 at pobox.une.edu.au
Fri Dec 3 00:07:01 CET 2004

I would like to add a few points on the increasing size of r-help. 

1. this is a possitive sign that more and more people migrate to R. For starting users of R or a R package, the r-help is unique way to seek answers. Gradually, once starting, I trust, users are finding ways to search answers. 

2. DO NOT disencourage users to ask bassic questions, this may scare starters away from R. I believe, most of us experienced such transsion, from basic questions to good familarity with R or some R packages. We should encourage experienced users contribute to Q-A.

3. We may start forming interesting groups to deal with some specifical questions. It is true that not everyone using all packages, or not many people mastering on all packages, but a few users may know almost every aspect of some packages. If a task force can analyse the previous questions, cluster them and identify a number of key areas, this may be a useful start to group people. Directing questions to target groups may produce quick and fruitful answers.

On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 17:17:21 +0000
Tim Cutts <tjrc at sanger.ac.uk> wrote:

> On 2 Dec 2004, at 1:23 am, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> >
> > Jim Lemon <bitwrit <at> ozemail.com.au> writes:
> >
> >> I have been thinking about how to reduce the number of basic 
> >> questions that
> >> elicit the ...ahem... robust debate that has occurred about how to 
> >> answer
> >
> >
> > The traffic on r-help could be reduced by creating a second list where
> > more elementary questions are asked.
> But how many people here would read it, and help the novices (like me) 
> out?  There is always the danger that novice lists just become 
> write-only lists.
> Tim
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