[R] Problems in Recommending R
p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Feb 3 16:03:53 CET 2009
hadley wickham wrote:
>>> 1. avoid clicking on the "R version 2.8.1" link - that takes you to a
>>> directory listing of strangely named files
Yes, this is of course much harder than avoiding to read the two bullet
points labeled "Getting Started"
>>> 2. recognise that you need to click on an CRAN (what is a cran?)
Clicking on the words "CRAN mirror" never comes to people's mind. I
mean, it's not like the first line of the link explains the acronym, is it?
>>> 3. successfully select a mirror that is up-to-date (with no
>>> information about which mirrors are up-to-date)
Of course the R project website is required to keep track of that.
>>> 4. click Windows (ok, this one is easy)
>>> 5. guess that base is the "distribution" that you want
Yes, there are two links so people will take the other one.
>>> 6. phew, you're there (but don't follow the advice to download from a
>>> mirror near you or you'll be back at step 3)
>> Its even more confusing than that because actually you're not there
>> yet! You have to click on the unobtrusive patched link and then
>> download that or you get the version with the bugs.
> Wow, I'd never noticed that before!
However, you are only supposed to need it if you are one of the
exceedingly rare users who happens to be bitten by a bug that went
undiscovered through several weeks of user testing.
(Warning: The above may contain traces of sarcasm...)
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