Re: [Rd] requesting a new SIG mailing list

From: Sarah Goslee <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:51:39 -0500

ink1">ink1">Dear Martin,

Thank you for confirming what I'd already suspected about the mailing list software.

I've added hydrology explicitly to the list description, and hope that the hydrologists find it a welcoming home. We've got a solid core of participants, so R users should find it a useful resource.


On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 6:39 AM, Martin Maechler <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm the "site maintainer" of the mailing
> lists (and back from vacations).
>>>>>> Sarah Goslee <>
>>>>>>     on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:16:01 -0500 writes:
>    > Hi all,
>    >> It would be great if Sara of someone of the maintainers
>    >> of the r-sig-ecology list could add that info to the info page.
>    > I'm talking with the other maintainer about revising both
>    > the short and the long descriptions.
>    >> I think that r-sig-env would be much more intuitive for
>    >> environmental scientists coming from fields different
>    >> from ecology, but I don't think it is possible to change
>    >> the name of an existing mailing list.
> yes, that would be only doable with much effort,
> and (unless even more effort is put in) it would invalidate all
> current links to the current archives etc.
>    >> However, I'm wondering if it would be possible to create
>    >> an alias termed 'r-sig-env' to 'r-sig-ecology' ?, in
>    >> order to make the name of the list more intuitive for
>    >> environmental scientists but without disturbing the
>    >> current users.
>    > I don't know that there is any mechanism for doing either
>    > of those things.  Changing the name would be disruptive,
>    > and I don't know of an alias option.
> there is none, on the mailing list level.
> On the mail server side, I could create such aliases,
> but then these would only apply to e-mail addresses and the ML
> software would still "speak" of the official ML name...
> Given all the issues and opinions heard so far, I'd also
> propose trying to have hydrologists and other env.scientists
> join the r-sig-ecology for the time being.
> Brian Ripley has already mentioned the very important point,
> that there's some often non-negligible admin overhead for each
> list, and I can add that indeed, we have had several lists that
> always remained too small and so never "started flying".

Sarah Goslee

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