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st: Re: outdated modules


From   baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: outdated modules
Date   Thu, 25 Jul 2002 08:47:00 -0400

--On Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:33 -0400 Patrick wrote:

Therefore, I'd like to know if anyone has any suggestion on how we should
handle modules that use dated syntax and whose original author(s) no
longer seem to be 'keeping in touch' with the Stata/Statalist community.
I am just trying to bounce so ideas here... the answer could very well be
'do nothing'.
This problem with hpfilter is a bit more troublesome than that. If I was aware that a module on SSC was clearly faulty and the author(s) did not respond to requests for a fix, I would remove it from the archive, or at least add a disclaimer to the package description about its failings. But as 'findit hpfilter' shows, hpfilter is not in the SSC archive: it is in the STB. In this case the only solution is that performed by StataCorp for the original Becketti tslib: a new version must be put up with a link from the existing STB entry, a la tslib2, warning users of Stata version >? to use it rather than the original.

I appreciate the notion that the published material from STB/SJ is never altered, only updated by a later published revision. But in this case the problem arises sufficiently frequently that some fix is needed, whether it be a Joly-provided rewrite in next issue of SJ, or whatever.

Thanks
Kit
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