[R] Wikis etc.

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Sat Jan 7 16:15:42 CET 2006

On 1/6/2006 8:02 PM, paul sorenson wrote:
> I am a fan of wiki's and I reckon it would really help with making R 
> more accessible.  On one extreme you have this email list and on the 
> other extreme you have RNews and the PDF's on CRAN.  A wiki might hit 
> the spot between them and reduce the traffic on the email list.

The difficulty is getting it going.  I haven't used Wikis, and visited 
the two that have been mentioned, aiming to answer the example question 
Frank posed ("ylim in barplots").  It's not addressed on either, which 
is not too surprising, but then I didn't know what to do next, either as 
someone who wanted the answer, or someone who wanted to provide it.

Duncan Murdoch

> Frank E Harrell Jr wrote:
>>I feel that as long as people continue to provide help on r-help wikis 
>>will not be successful.  I think we need to move to a central wiki or 
>>discussion board and to move away from e-mail.  People are extremely 
>>helpful but e-mail seems to be to always be memory-less and messages get 
>>too long without factorization of old text.  R-help is now too active 
>>and too many new users are asking questions asked dozens of times for 
>>e-mail to be effective.
>>The wiki also needs to collect and organize example code, especially for 
>>data manipulation.  I think that new users would profit immensely from a 
>>compendium of examples.
>>Just my .02 Euros
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