Re: [R] Wikibooks

From: <kaloytyn_at_cc.jyu.fi>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 10:19:00 +0300 (EEST)

> I think we occasionally think that it is very easy to get information
> because we know how to find the information. This does not mean that other
> people know how to find the answer. It is for this reason that questions
> appear on the listserver that we might think could be easily found from
> other sources.
> John

As a relative n00b user I agree with this. The R organization pages are not very readable especially if you aren't even sure what you're looking for (not know the name of a specific function etc.) and pdf:s, search.help or ? are not the best ways always either. I did not even now there was R wiki. I couldn't find a link from the R organization pages to it or am I just blind?

Katja Löytynoja FM

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>>>> "hadley wickham" <h.wickham_at_gmail.com> 3/29/2007 7:47 PM >>>
>> Many (perhaps most?) questions on the list are easily answerable simply
>> by
>> checking existing R Docs (Help file/man pages, Intro to R, etc.). Why
>> would
>> a Wiki be more effective in deflecting such questions from the mailing
>> list
>> than them? Why would too helpful R experts be more inclined to refer
>> people
>> to the Wiki than the existing docs? Bottom line: it's psychology at
>> issue
>> here, I think, not the form of the docs.
>
> I agree - and there's also a problem that until the wiki becomes
> useful there's no point referring people to it, and because no one
> visits it, it doesn't get better.
>
> http://www.wikipatterns.com provides some good advice for getting a wiki
> going.
>
> Hadley
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