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RE: st: status of -ds- command


From   "Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <alan.h.feiveson@nasa.gov>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: status of -ds- command
Date   Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:20:38 -0600

As a compulsive -ds- user, I  agree. It's the responsiveness of people like Bill that make Stata such a great organization.

Al F.
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of David Jacobs
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:45 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: status of -ds- command

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
>wgould@stata.com
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