[R] French IRC channel and mailing list ?

Julien Barnier julien at nozav.org
Mon Dec 8 22:10:06 CET 2008

Dear all,

For some time now, R is becomming more and more popular in more and
more countries. France is for sure one of them, but french people
being french one of the obstacle they might tackle is the lack of
documentation and support in their native language.

To offer this support in french an IRC channel (#Rfr on
irc.freenode.net) was created some months ago, beside the official
english channel #R. We (me (~juba) and Pierre-Yves Chibon (~pingou))
have to recognize that it has a very low activity right now but it's
related to our lack of promotion about it.

Another tool that could be useful to bring support in french (and
other languages) would be dedicated mailing-lists. I've searched the
archives to see if similar requests have already been made but
couldn't manage to find one. So I would like to ask here the question,
has there been any thought on the creation of dedicated R-help
mailing-lists for the major languages such as Spanish, French, Chinese
and others ?

We had some thought about it and we actually think that it would be
something useful for users to be able to receive some help (especially
when their english is not really fluent).

Thanks in advance for your answers,


Pierre-Yves Chibon
Julien Barnier

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