[R] Newsgroup

Renaud Lancelot lancelot at sentoo.sn
Wed Apr 10 23:15:43 CEST 2002

Thomas Lumley wrote:
> 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
> newsgroup).
> 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.

That's what I do, but when I leave my office for a 2-day field trip, I
have to unsubscribe from R-help just because I'm scared of the 100 msgs
or so waiting for me when I come back.

> 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.

IMHO it works pretty well with S-news, and there are quite "hot"
discussions there, too. Why couldn't it be the same here ? When I find
interesting questions, I keep them apart and go back to the sender in
case he (she) does not summarize.

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