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

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: re: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .
Date   Thu, 19 Nov 2009 22:28:42 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Thu, 19/11/09, Lachenbruch, Peter wrote:
> Certainly SJ articles would count as they are refereed. 
> My concern was for people like Kit and Nick and Roy who
> contribute much more than SJ articles and don't get the
> academic rewards due them. 

I can't speak for Kit and Nick, they obviously contributed, 
and hopefully continue to contribute, enormously to this 
comunity. All I can add is my personal experience based on
the few programs I have written. They don't count 
officially in my institutions, and my collected postings to
the statalist don't count as a dissertation either, despite 
the best efforts of Rich Williams. However, it surprised me 
how much goodwill it tends to create with people I have 
never met. I never thought of that when writing these 
programs or answering questions on the statalist; the problem 
I am solving just interests me. I agree that it would be good 
if these activities were officially rewarded, but "soft" 
rewards like goodwill can sometimes be surprisingly useful 
(and don't forget the satisfaction from solving a puzzle).

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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