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st: On requesting help on user-written commands


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: On requesting help on user-written commands
Date   Tue, 30 Mar 2004 09:44:22 +0100

As a general comment on requests for help with user-written 
commands, let me juxtapose two pieces of advice from the 
Statalist FAQ, one paraphrased slightly: 

from Section 3: 

Say what command(s) you are using. If they are not part of official 
Stata, say where they come from: the STB/SJ, SSC, or other archives. 

from Section 1: 

Before posting, consider other ways of finding information, including  
the authors of user-written ado-files (who usually have email addresses, 
but are not always members of Statalist). 

The rationale should be clear: 

* Other people may well be interested in the user-written command(s) 
you are using. 

* It's clearer where support responsibility lies. 

* You have more chance of success going straight to the expert(s), 
especially if they are not members of Statalist.  

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

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