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RE: st: Another manual idea


From   "Sarah A. Mustillo" <smustillo@psych.duhs.duke.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   RE: st: Another manual idea
Date   Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:49:31 -0500

Would people who have v8 documentation consider donating their old manuals to people who need them? I already gave my v7 manuals to a grad student, but I am guessing that others would do the same for people on the list, provided the recipients are willing to pay postage. We clearly don't want the list to become a marketplace, but a single request for old manuals here and there would probably not be too intrusive.


--On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 9:58 AM +0000 Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:


Stata version 8 was the most drastic revision in the history
of Stata, and the manuals were reorganised with lots of new material.
Having said that, almost all of what is in Stata 7 still works.
What you wouldn't see documented in detail is documented on-line
under the various flavours of -help whatsnew-.

FWIW, I don't think that Stata Corp will do this, for all the usual
marketing
and logistic reasons that old commercial software versions or
documentation do
not, in general, remain available. Stata Corp, while wanting to be
nice
to users, remains a hard-headed business. You only have to imagine
the slippery slope that has been started down. If v7 documentation
cheap, why not v7 software cheap, v6 documentation and software even
cheaper, etc.? I am only guessing here, however.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk


Sarah A. Mustillo, Ph.D
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine
Box 3454
Durham NC 27710

919 687-4686 x231
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