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Re: st: status of -ds- command

From   David Jacobs <>
Subject   Re: st: status of -ds- command
Date   Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:44:46 -0500

Thanks Bill!  Many users will deeply appreciate this new policy.

Dave Jacobs

At 01:21 PM 3/3/2010, you wrote:
The issue of the "previously documented" status -ds- has popped up yet
again on Statalist.

I don't even want to try to defend "previously documented".  We are
restoring -ds- to documented status.

All of which is to say, we realize our mistake.  As I recall, our
concern about -ds- was that it was a strange combination of
easy-to-use features mixed with advanced features.  We found the
combination philosophically offensive.  So what did we do?  We moved
-ds- to "previously documented", which I guess is something like
"double-secret probation", and at the same time we did nothing to
address the problem that -ds- was designed to address!  The
offense to our sensibilities removed, we declared the issue closed.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.

To be clear, I signed onto the stupid idea.

In my and StataCorp's defense, we spend very little time cleaning up
our own messes.  A perfectly run company, however, wouldn't create
messes in the first place.

-- Bill
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