Re: [R] Package update announcements

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 09:16:01 +0200

>>>>> "MHHS" == Martin Henry H Stevens <hstevens_at_muohio.edu>
>>>>> on Mon, 11 Jun 2007 17:23:46 -0400 writes:

    MHHS> Hi Folks, I was wondering what everyone thought about
    MHHS> adding a sentence to each package update announcement
    MHHS> that described what the package did. R extensions are
    MHHS> so numerous that it is difficult to keep up with them.
    MHHS> Would it be appropriate to ask package developers to
    MHHS> add a brief sentence about what the package does, when
    MHHS> they announce updates?

Thanks a lot, Hank!

I've been supporting your suggestion ever since I had created 'R-packages' ( = "R package announcements mailing list").

As moderator, I even occasionally rejected postings to R-packages exactly by requiring such short information preceding any notice of changes.

I think that >99% of the package authors would also agree, but then we are all humans and hence sometimes get into peculiar world views such as "there's my package, and there's R and then rest of the universe" ;-)

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

    MHHS> I would benefit from such descriptions.

    MHHS> Cheers, Hank

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