[R] R-help mailing list activity

John Kane jrkrideau at inbox.com
Sat Jan 23 15:12:15 CET 2016

While I find stackoverflow very handy of a specific question that I can google in a hurry I find that I can readily read R-help, learning things that may not be readily applicable but that I may need tomorrow or next year ... 

It also helps me keep up on new packages and besides I have an embarrassing fortune that I like to point to. 

I also agree strongly with Duncan Murdock's points 3 & 4.

John Kane
Kingston ON Canada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
> Sent: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:53:58 -0800 (PST)
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R] R-help mailing list activity
> On Sat, 23 Jan 2016, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> I don't see duplication as counterproductive -- some people like one
>> style,
>> some like the other, both will find answers.
> Duncan,
>    There's another factor to add to your list. Mail lists, such as r-help
> and
> the various SIGs _push_ messages to subscribers' mail boxes. Check your
> mail
> and the threads can be followed. From the subscriber's perspective it's
> passive.
>    Web fora require subscribers to _pull_ messages by pointing their
> browser
> to that URL, logging in, finding the appropriate forum, and viewing
> threads.
> >From the subscriber's perspective it's active.
>    I'm one of the former types of participant. I subscribe to multiple
> mail
> lists and review new messages several times a day when time permits or I
> have another reason to do so. I'm rarely on a web forum because it
> requires
> much more time away from business than does a mail list.
> Just another perspective,
> Rich
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