Re: [R] Need help for a statistical problem ("See the posting guide")

From: Brett Magill <>
Date: Sat 17 Dec 2005 - 02:38:00 EST

In response to a thread where a statistical question unrelated to R was asked, Uwe Ligges wrote:

> PLEASE do read the posting guide!
> Please ask a local statistical consultant for help.
> Uwe Ligges

Perhaps Uwe's admonition to "do read the posting guide" was just a knee jerk reaction to an unrecognized poster's name. Of course, if the poster did read the posting guide, they would have learned that :

"Questions about statistics: The R mailing lists are primarily intended for questions and discussion about the R software. However, questions about statistical methodology are sometimes posted. If the question is well-asked and of interest to someone on the list, it may elicit an informative up-to-date answer. See also the Usenet groups sci.stat.consult (applied statistics and consulting) and sci.stat.math (mathematical stat and probability)."

The language here is so equivocal! OK, it is really for R, but statistical questions are asked and you might get an "informative and up-to-date answer" if you do it well. Sounds good to me! I might start using r-help for my statistical questions. Thanks for referring me to the posting guide Uwe (though I am not sure why it was relevant the the original post).

My point: If r-help does not want statistical questions, and people who ask statistical questions are referred to the posting guide, shouldn't the posting guide *actually* say no statistical questions!

Brett mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Sat Dec 17 02:44:39 2005

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