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st: Using the word "From" at the beginning of the sentence [was: Modelling two binary outcomes that are not mutually exclusive by Murray Finkelstein]


From   "Renzo Comolli" <renzo.comolli@yale.edu>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Using the word "From" at the beginning of the sentence [was: Modelling two binary outcomes that are not mutually exclusive by Murray Finkelstein]
Date   Sat, 27 Nov 2004 14:11:23 -0500

Dear Dr. Murray Finkelstein,

In response to your message 
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-11/msg00813.html

You can't use the word "From" at the beginning of any sentence otherwise the
Statalist parser hosted by StataCorp will cut the message at that point,
split your message in two, delete that line and post two separate messages.
I surmise that given that you used the word "From" in the very first
sentence, the parser discarded one of the two pieces as empty.

I have known this for quite a while, still it is easy to forget. I started
with "From" just a couple of days ago. So here is an example of what happens
in general. The following two pieces belong to a posting of mine (there was
a sentence starting with "From" in the middle)
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-11/msg00803.html
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-11/msg00804.html 

This "feature" is the reason why most people put a sign of some sort before
the "From" when they quote a message in their reply.

Perhaps this could be added to the Statalist FAQ (if it has not been added
already).

Best,
Renzo Comolli


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