[R] Wikis etc.
sourceforge at metrak.com
Sun Jan 8 03:52:33 CET 2006
Frank E Harrell Jr wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks Paul. But as long as the email list is active I fear a wiki
> won't be.
That would be sad if that were true. They are different beasts, as
would be an IRC channel. I say complementary, not mutually exclusive.
A wiki takes time to reach critical mass (eg my home brew wiki
http://brewiki.org/ or wikipedia) and you couldn't just pull the plug on
this list without a serious impact on the uptake of R I would have thought.
Contributions to the wiki from mugs like me with less R/statistics
experience would hopefully make R more accessible to newbies - pointing
out the traps for new players.
One way to bootstrap it is to simply add a "wiki" menu entry into the
r-project.org menu. This is what the guys over at
http://wiki.wxpython.org/ have done. Over time, some of the other items
there might morph in to wiki pages as appropriate.
I have no doubt that if the R-Wiki was supported in the same thoughtful,
thorough and patient way in which questions on R-Help are answered, it
would be one of the lowest entropy wiki's around.
I have some experience with moinmoin (a python wiki) and would be
willing to contribute some time and skills if that would help.
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