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Re: how to reply on Statalist [was: RE: st: Categorizing HIV status using a series of string variables]


From   "David Elliott" <dcelliott@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: how to reply on Statalist [was: RE: st: Categorizing HIV status using a series of string variables]
Date   Thu, 27 Nov 2008 18:15:42 -0400

Just to agitate the fecal material by bringing up a previous
discussion around a bulletin board for Statalist
[ http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-01/msg00033.html ].
Posts on a bulletin board are explicitly threaded, always available,
searchable, and so on.

The threading function in various mail readers and the archive is fair
in trying to rejoin same-subject responses, but it is basically
playing a guessing game without the original response-headers.

Attempting various bits of trickery may make congruency better, but a
mailing list is not really the tool for the job regardless of how many
FAQs you throw at it.

David Elliott
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