[R-sig-ME] Lack of replies from me (Douglas Bates)

Arthur Burke burkea at nwrel.org
Mon Feb 9 19:06:39 CET 2009

lme4 is an important contribution and I would regret losing access to

Art Burke
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
101 SW Main St, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204-3213

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Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 08:33:59 -0600
From: Douglas Bates <bates at stat.wisc.edu>
Subject: [R-sig-ME] Lack of replies from me
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I regret that I have been absent from the list for some time.  It
happens that in the last couple of weeks I have been involved in a
series of extremely unpleasant interactions on another, private email
list that have left me with little enthusiasm for developing and
supporting CRAN packages.  One conclusion I have reached from these
interactions is that I will never allow lme4 to be a recommended package
in R.  I am even having doubts about whether I want it to continue to be
a CRAN package at all, as opposed to, say, moving it to Bioconductor or
even switching development to another language.

I'm sure the last option would be "cutting off my nose to spite my face"
and I don't expect I would ever do that.  There are many wonderful
aspects to R and many reasons why I want to continue to use it.  But
right now I find myself forced to evaluate options other than putting a
package on CRAN.

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