[R-sig-ME] Lack of replies from me

Murray Jorgensen maj at stats.waikato.ac.nz
Mon Feb 9 19:43:10 CET 2009

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Dear Douglas,

"Noli illegitemes Carborundum!"

lme4 is a shining example of how statistical software should be
developed with software, theory and practice all advancing together and
in communication.  I truly hope that this patch of nastiness, whatever
it is, fades away and you get back on track. This is such a central part
of statistics that the whole community is grateful for the time and
efforts that you and your students have put into it. If others want to
take a different approach they may surely develop their own software. I
would be very sad if you took lme4 out of R. R does not belong to
anyone, not even prominent members of the core group.

Best wishes,  Murray Jorgensen

Douglas Bates wrote:
> 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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