Re: [R] Wikis etc.

From: Jonathan Baron <>
Date: Sat 07 Jan 2006 - 01:15:56 EST

On 01/06/06 13:40, John Marsland wrote:
> Going back to the wiki issue, it might be wise to this about using Trac
> <> which is an open source project that
> integrates a wiki with the SVN code versioning system (used by R-project) and a
> replacement for bugzilla's ticketing system. We use it to document our own code.
> Trac would have the advantage of pushing questions on the R list back towards
> the actual source code and allowing all users to participate in the future
> development of the software.

It isn't clear to me what this would be for. I'm not sure that I trust users to modify code.

I was thinking myself that user input might be most useful for the documentation of functions. Not that this is so bad, but rather it might be possible to have an extended system of documentation on the web, with FAQ-type questions answered as part of the documentation itself, so that people would not have to rely on R-help so much (even in its archived forms).

And I was thinking of setting up a Wiki with one page per function. (Given that there are now hundreds or thousands of functions, setting this up would have to be automated.) I've just installed (for another purpose) TWiki, which seems to have some nice features for this sort of thing (in particular, data stored as text files, hence easily manipulated by other programs), but I will not have time to think through how to do this for some time. Just another idea to throw into the hopper.

In principle, another possibility is to do something like the PHP manual at, which is not a wiki but more like a bulletin board, with discussion of each command. But I think a wiki is better. I found it time consuming to read through all those comments, almost as bad as reading through R-help postings. :)


Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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