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Re: st: status of -ds- command

From   Michael Norman Mitchell <>
Subject   Re: st: status of -ds- command
Date   Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:21:29 -0800

Dear Bill

I can hear the applause all the way over here (that is, applause for the restoring of -ds- to documented). Although this is an odd little command, to me its combination of power and simplicity embodies much of the philosophy of Stata.


Michael N. Mitchell
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On 2010-03-03 10.21 AM, William Gould, StataCorp LP 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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