[R] R help question: How can we enable useRs to contribute corrections to help files faster ?

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sun Feb 28 19:47:47 CET 2010

On Feb 28, 2010, at 1:04 PM, Tal Galili wrote:

> Duncan,
> As much as I agree with your remark in the general case, in this  
> case - the
> annoyance is mostly for the next user and not the current one.
> If I spot a typo, after I figure what it had meant - my annoyance is  
> over.
> I don't have any personal motivation to share the knowledge, asides  
> from my
> good intentions.
> It would seem to me that making my life easier in reporting the  
> error -
> would only do good to the general community.
> I think the idea of adding a second link to the Index at the top of  
> every
> help, is easy to do and would benefit the community member who  
> wishes to
> contact the author.
> I also think that adding the e-mail of the maintainer might even be  
> better
> (since I remember that when I started using R, I didn't even know I  
> had
> someone to contact regarding problems with it).
> This is the place people turn to for help,

Well, I got help. Sharpie gave an answer that was easily turned into a  
function that I put in my .Rprofile:

 > maintainer
function(pkg="") packageDescription(pkg)$Maintainer
 > maintainer("brew")
[1] "Jeffrey Horner <jeff.horner at vanderbilt.edu>"

> it makes sense (at least in my
> humble opinion) to help the users find other help from that  
> location. (the
> same way we provide "see also" and other useful links)

David Winsemius, MD
Heritage Laboratories
West Hartford, CT

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