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st: repeated questions [was: RE: FW: repeated time unbalanced panel data]


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: repeated questions [was: RE: FW: repeated time unbalanced panel data]
Date   Wed, 6 Oct 2004 18:11:42 +0100

If someone wants to answer this, fine. 

In any case, the general points made below 
(which are echoed from the Statalist FAQ)
surely apply. In short, no more posts of 
this question, please. 

For my part, I've looked at this question
as posted previously (and repeatedly), 
but failed completely to understand it. Sorry. 

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4. What to do if you do not get an answer

Sometimes, a posting gets no reply. It is possible that your posting got
overlooked, but with several hundred pairs of eyes scanning Statalist,
this is much less likely than you might think.  If you get no answer,
you might be tempted to repost the question, but please think twice
before you do that. The same post reappearing repeatedly strikes many
Statalist members as impatient and inconsiderate. You had your chance,
but no one wanted to answer the question. Sorry! 

If your posting gets no reply, it may be the fault of the question, of
the questioner, or of those read the question. Who knows for sure?
However, it is most likely to be for one or more of the following
reasons: 

No one knows of any such Stata program. You need to write your own code
or use some other software. 

Your question really should be answered by using the manual or the
online help, or by typing findit in an up-to-date Stata, but no one felt
blunt enough to point that out. 

We do not have the knowledge of your project needed to work out the best
thing to do in your circumstances, and in any case it is really your
call. 

You did not provide enough information. For example, postings of the
form, "I tried using -foobar-, but it did not work," are usually
impossible to answer, except by asking for more information. 

Your question is too unclear or too complicated to understand. For
example, very complicated data-management tasks or large chunks of code
that are not working are usually too much like hard work to understand,
even for Stata experts.  It is possible that you may benefit from trying
to make your problem much clearer or simpler. Remember that a very long
posting with a mass of detailed explanation is just as offputting as a
question that is cryptically brief. The best advice is to rewrite the
question so that the key issue is made as clear as possible but also is
stated as briefly as possible. 

But in all circumstances, there is a simple rule of thumb: A rewrite or
even one repost of the original is tolerable, but more than one repost
is not. If after two attempts you have not received an answer, there is
too slim a chance that you will get an answer on Statalist. Please try
elsewhere. 

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

Paulo Loureiro
> >
> >This panel data base were constructed from sucessive 
> cross-sections data. 

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