[R] Connecting R-help and Google Groups?

Paul Lynch plynchnlm at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 18:36:33 CET 2007

Well, I don't see what danger could arise from the fact that Google
Groups is owned by a company.  Google Groups provides access to all of
usenet, plus many mailing lists (e.g. the ruby-talk mailing list for
Ruby programmers).  They don't control any of the newgroups or mailing
lists that they provide access to.  It is a free service, supported by

As for the issue of whether there might be future access problems
(e.g. if Google goes bankrupt, which currently seems unlikely)  R
users would still have access to the r-help list through the means
that they have now.  I am not recommending replacing any of the
current means of access to the r-help list; I am just asking about
adding an additional means of access.


On 3/14/07, Bert Gunter <gunter.berton at gene.com> wrote:
> I know nothing about Google Groups, but FWIW, I think it would be most
> unwise for R/CRAN to hook up to **any** commercially sponsored web portals.
> Future changes in their policies, interfaces,or access conditions may make
> them inaccessible or unfreindly to R users. So long as we have folks willing
> and able to host and maintain our lists as part of the CRAN infrastructure,
> CRAN maintains control. I think this is wise and prudent.
> I am happy to be educated to the contrary if I misunderstand how this would
> work.
> Bert Gunter
> Genentech Nonclinical Statistics
> South San Francisco, CA 94404
> 650-467-7374
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> To: R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] Connecting R-help and Google Groups?
> This morning I tried to see if I could find the r-help mailing list on
> Google Groups, which has an interface that I like.  I found three
> Google Groups ("The R Project for Statistical Computing", "rproject",
> and "rhelp") but none of them are connected to the r-help list.
> Is there perhaps some reason why it wouldn't be a good thing for there
> to be a connected Google Group?  I think it should be possible to set
> things up so that a post to the Google Group goes to the r-help
> mailing list, and vice-versa.
> Also, does anyone know why the three existing R Google Groups failed
> to get connected to r-help?  It might require some action on the part
> of the r-help list administrator.
> Thanks,
>     --Paul
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> Paul Lynch
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