[R] Re: summaries (was: SUMMARY: "elementary sapply question")

Tony Plate tplate at blackmesacapital.com
Thu Jun 24 17:42:02 CEST 2004

Posting summaries is customary (or used to be) on S-news, where it was 
customary to reply to the poster, and not always the whole list.  (Whereas 
on R it is requested that replies be posted to the entire list, which makes 
summaries less necessary.)

However, a good summary can be a very useful thing (and Ajay's summary was 
very nicely done).  What about making it the custom on R-list that the 
recipient of helpful responses post a summary on a Wiki?  This could be a 
good way for recipients of help to give something back to the community, 
and it might provide a sufficient input of energy to take a wiki past 
critical mass, such as the one mentioned by Gabor Grothendieck last year:

 > From: "Gabor Grothendieck" <ggrothendieck at myway.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
 > Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 11:53:59 -0500 (EST)
 > [snip]  Actually someone did set up an R wiki some time ago at:
 >  http://fawn.unibw-hamburg.de/cgi-bin/Rwiki.pl?RwikiHome
 > yet no one really used it.  Some critical mass of use is needed
 > to get such a project off the ground.


-- Tony Plate

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