[R] Should there be an R-beginners list?

Yihui Xie xie at yihui.name
Sun Nov 24 22:13:38 CET 2013

I do not see how it can be illegal to download and duplicate the
posts, since all the content is licensed under CC BY-SA. I might have
missed something there: http://stackexchange.com/legal If that is
really the case, I think I will have to reconsider if I should use it
any more.

Yihui Xie <xieyihui at gmail.com>
Web: http://yihui.name
Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
2215 Snedecor Hall, Ames, IA

On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM, Duncan Murdoch
<murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13-11-24 2:04 PM, Yihui Xie wrote:
>> I'm not aware of a discussion on this, but I would say no.
>> Fragmentation is bad. Further fragmentation is worse.
>> TL;DR
>> =====
>> Actually I'd say all mailing lists except r-devel should be moving to
>> StackOverlow in the future (disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with it).
> I would generally agree with you, except for a few points.
> 1.  I avoid StackOverflow, because they claim copyright on the compilation.
> As I read their terms of service, it would be illegal for anyone to download
> and duplicate all postings about R.  So a posting there is only available as
> long as they choose to make it available. Postings to the mailing list are
> archived in several places.
> 2.  I think an interface like StackOverflow is better than the mailing list
> interface, and will eventually win out.  R-help needs to do nothing, once
> someone puts together something like StackOverflow that attracts most of the
> people who give good answers, R-help will just fade away.
> Duncan Murdoch

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