Re: [Rd] user error described in the FAQ (was [BUG?] xyplot in loop does not work)

From: Deepayan Sarkar <>
Date: Tue 23 Nov 2004 - 01:50:32 EST

On Monday 22 November 2004 03:56, Valery Khamenya wrote:
> > Please DO as the posting guide asks and read the FAQ before
> > posting. Do read Q7.22 (and its answer).
> thank you for your answer.
> One should NOT be so indignant.
> I have read the FAQ *twice* already since I have had to deal with R.
> First time about 4 years ago, second about 2 years ago.
> Do you mean, Dr.Ripley, one has to carefully read this
> 100-pages-FAQ-manual one time per year or even more often?

I don't think anyone's suggesting that. However, before you post to r-devel, especially suggesting that you have found a BUG, you should have scanned the FAQ questions (not necessarily the answers) to see if one matches yours. Technical documentation is not a detective novel, meant to be read once in your lifetime, it's a reference that you should know how to look up when necessary.

> I guess this FAQ-entry about fully intuitive behaviour of xyplot came
> last year, right?
> BTW, just imagine that the problem is not me. Maybe if the FAQ is too
> long then one could reconsider decisions, which have led to this
> situation.

The answer to your question is also available in lattice documentation, which you also obviously have not read. What excuse do you have for that?

> Anyway I have no fun to follow this flame.

But surely we are entitled to flame you when you waste our time by relying on your 'intuition' rather than written documentation which we have spent a lot of effort producing?

(In any case, Prof Ripley's 'flaming' in this case was pretty mild, in fact practically non-existent, compared to his usual standards :-))


> Thank you for your valuable contribution to R.
> With *kind* regards,
> Valery. mailing list Received on Tue Nov 23 01:59:20 2004

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