[R] Newsgroup

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Wed Apr 10 22:31:29 CEST 2002

On Wed, 10 Apr 2002 ggrothendieck at yifan.net wrote:

> Good idea.
> One other benefit of this is that if one later wanted to
> search the list archives one could find a summary of the
> issue of interest in a single message instead of wading through
> multiple posts.

I actually disagree (strongly, about reply-to-sender and weakly about

The last time this was discussed it was pointed out that there really
aren't enough of us for a newgroup (not much over 1000), and that
newsgroups tend to attract quite a bit more spam. Its fairly easy to
filter r-help into a separate mail folder and some mail readers (and the
mailing list archive) can even given you a threaded version. However, a
newsgroup might be useful.

Reply-to-sender, OTOH, i think is a really bad idea.  In the first place
it removes the discussion of answers -- some really are better than
others.  In addition, you can't tell which questions have been
answered already, so questions are more likely to fall through the cracks.


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