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"Lachenbruch, Peter" <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu> |

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st: RE: Repeated posts are not advisable |

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Thu, 3 Sep 2009 08:50:20 -0700 |

I agree wholeheartedly. However, a few years ago I found that many of my posts were not answered or commented on (please don't make the obvious snide remark). After a while, I realized that I had an incorrect email address for the list. So it's worthwhile to check your address for the list. Also, check to see if your post has gotten through. Tony Peter A. Lachenbruch Department of Public Health Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97330 Phone: 541-737-3832 FAX: 541-737-4001 -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 8:51 AM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: Repeated posts are not advisable So many posts have been repeated very recently that it seems, unfortunately, necessary to draw the attention of all to Statalist policy on this matter. It is repeated at the bottom of this post, or alternatively accessible at <http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/statalist.html#noanswer> Repeating a post to which no reply was received is _not_ banned, but equally it is _not_ recommended and on the whole _not_ a good idea. Some two thousand people are members of Statalist and many of those follow the list carefully and contribute when they can. However, life is short, and it is to be presumed that all those people are just as busy as anybody else and sometimes delete mails that are too difficult to answer helpfully. If your post was not answered, sorry about that, but don't just repeat the post: wonder why it was not answered. A further point to ponder: Anyone who repeats a post shows that they have not read the FAQ carefully enough to register list etiquette. That perception inclines some people yet further to instant deletion. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 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 this is much less likely than you might like to 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 who 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. * Whether what you are doing is "correct" is very difficult to discuss helpfully. * 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. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: Repeated posts are not advisable***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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