[R] R-help mailing list activity

Thomas Petzoldt thpe at simecol.de
Sat Jan 23 13:39:18 CET 2016


from my perspective as R user and package maintainer I would consider 
the normalization of the r-help mailing list a good sign. r-help is 
still a good place for general questions, while more specific 
discussions moved to the r-sig-... mailing lists.

Maybe a slight reduction can also be a motivation for more people to 
step in again answering questions.


Am 23.01.2016 um 13:28 schrieb Jean-Luc Dupouey:
> Dear members,
> Not a technical question:
> The number of threads in this mailing list, following a long period of
> increase, has been regularly and strongly decreasing since 2010, passing
> from more than 40K threads to less than 11K threads last year. The trend
> is similar for most of the "ancient" mailing lists of the R-project. I
> cannot imagine the total number of R-related inquiries on the Internet
> decreased. It means that contributors have gone elsewhere. Indeed, in
> the meantime, the number of R posts on stackoverflow passed from 2K to
> 100K between 2009 and 2015. Thus my question: what are the
> specificities, the plus and minus of the R-project mailing lists, in
> comparison with other lists, and especially in comparison with
> stackoverflow? A lot of threads are duplicated on both lists, which
> seems to me a little bit counterproductive.
> I hope it is the wright place to ask this question. Thanks in advance,
> Jean-Luc Dupouey
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