[R] RSiteSearch() not in posting guide

From: Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson_at_ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 18 Jul 2006 - 23:26:08 EST


In a recent reply I sent to the list, my initial response was to suggest, politely that by reading the posting guide and learning to use the supplied tools one can often help oneself. I then went on to say that reading the posting guide would have led you to RSiteSearch("insert query"). Luckily I went to the posting guide to check this was there before posting and much to my surprise that page does not once mention this excellent facility!

In the section "Do your homework before posting:", help.search() and ?foo are recommended, but these only work for installed, and possibly loaded, packages. Wouldn't it be better to suggest a user try RSiteSearch("foo") as well? This way they are far more likely to find something relevant if that something resides on CRAN or the mailing list archives.

Can I suggest adding another bullet with the following text to the "Do your homework before posting:" section:

Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type this at the R prompt) to search R, contributed packages and R-Help postings. To restrict the search to functions only, use RSiteSearch("keyword", restrict = "functions"). See ?RSiteSearch.

or shorter:

Do RSiteSearch("keyword") with different keywords (type this at the R prompt) to search R functions, contributed packages and R-Help postings. See ?RSiteSearch for further options and to restrict searches.



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