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Re: st: Help for 3rd tier users of stata


From   "Michael S. Hanson" <mshanson@mac.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Help for 3rd tier users of stata
Date   Fri, 21 Jul 2006 09:33:13 -0400

On Jul 19, 2006, at 9:04 AM, n j cox wrote in part:

The Statalist FAQ is linked to

http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

which has a great deal of relevant material here
I recently came across an alternative discussion of suggestions for "Getting Answers" that, while formally aimed at programers, arguably is written for the "second-tier" and "third-tier" users identified earlier in this thread. It has a number of useful suggestions from the perspective of a person asking for help; summarizing the ones that appear most relevant and important to Statalist:

1. Explain what doesn't work
2. Provide everything up-front
3. Post your code
4. Do your research beforehand
7. Don't post the same question repeatedly
9. Treat the list like people

The link is <http://www.mikeash.com/getting_answers.html>. Hope some folks here find the discussion there of use.

-- Mike

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