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RE: st: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .

From   "Lachenbruch, Peter" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .
Date   Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:16:01 -0800

Roy brings up an interesting point.  How are contributions to SSC or
user-written programs in general evaluated in academe?  In my
experience, these would need to be refereed by one's peers to count
academically.  On the other hand there are many extremely valuable
contributions from Roy and others that are easily worth many articles
that I see in the journals I read.  

Perhaps it is time to consider this in various academic contexts.  I
think outreg2, fracpoly, mim, etc. are easily worth publication points,
but I'll bet they haven't counted for much unless the author or
department chair has been able to convince some higher powers (e.g. 2^n)
of their worth.

Please let me be wrong on this.


Peter A. Lachenbruch
Department of Public Health
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-737-3832
FAX: 541-737-4001

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Roy Wada
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: st: What is the proper way of modifying user-created
ado-files. . .

> as best they can. I am sorry that my recent programs, included in such
> remark, have not met your own standards.

The points you make is well taken. My apologies to you and everyone if
that seemed inappropirate. I hope it is obvious by now that is not
what I meant. But let's not get sidetracked.

Authorship in open source remains as it remains with traditional
books, which is alway open. People can jump in any time they wish, of
course. They are always very welcome, as you know, and I personally do
not agree with people who says programs should or should not be
written one way or another. The same thing was said about me if you
may remember.

You have noted that I am pushing in one direction. It would be nice if
you would consider along the points I have made in making changes to
FAQ. Note that these are suggestions. You can always say something is
not a good idea, and did say so.

Many people have been working to make this a respectable area of
academia, including Kit and yourself. Some of things I have seen is
contrary to that, as you must be aware.

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