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st: References that aren't -- just say no!
Yet another reminder, please!
The membership of Statalist is interdisciplinary.
It follows that you shouldn't assume that the
literature familiar to you is familiar to all
members of Statalist. In fact, that would also
be true even if all the members came from one
The surprisingly common practice on Statalist of
referring to publications just by name and date is
surely uninformative. (Thanks, naturally, to the
large fraction of people who
give references that can be followed up easily.
They are often useful!)
Questions of the form "Has anyone implemented
the heteroscedasticity under a full moon test of
Sue, Grabbit and Runne (1989)?" admittedly
divide the world. If you haven't heard of said
test, it is unlikely that knowing the full reference
would help you answer the question. Nevertheless
there might be many people who have not heard of
this test who might appreciate a full reference.
This is all for questioners' benefit too! Any
presentation detail that irritates people
who might answer your question makes it
more likely that they delete your question
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