Re: [R] Trailing on r-help messages

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon 17 Jul 2006 - 04:51:17 EST

On 7/16/06, hadley wickham <h.wickham@gmail.com> wrote:
> Personally, I doubt anyone actually reads the bottom of the emails,
> and generally it is too late anyway, as they have already sent the
> message. Much like the opening text in R, details in footer tend to
> trigger legalese neurons and are largely ignored.

They might read it when reading other people's messages since it would be at the bottom of every single one.

> I think it would be more useful to radically redesign the signup page
> so that pertinent information is highlighted and the page made easily
> scannable. As it is, the eye tends to skip to the action part and
> fill out name and email address without reading the rest of the page.

Good idea. Of course these are not mutually exclusive.

>
> Hadley
>
> On 7/16/06, Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I would like to propose that we change the trailer on r-help
> > messages which is currently:
> >
> > R-help@stat.math.ethz.ch mailing list
> > https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help
> > PLEASE do read the posting guide! http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
> >
> > to add the following 4th line:
> >
> > and provide minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
> >
> > The posting guide is so long that I suspect few people really read
> > it so at least this way the most important part of the message about
> > posting would be readily visible without further user action.
> >
> > Of course minimal refers to cutting the code down to remove
> > anything not related to the question at hand while self-contained
> > and reproducible refer to being able to copy the code from
> > the post and paste it into an R session to reproduce the
> > problem.
> >
> > ______________________________________________
> > R-help@stat.math.ethz.ch mailing list
> > https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help
> > PLEASE do read the posting guide! http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
> >
>



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