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RE: Taking threads private [was: Re: st: collapse and weights]

From   "Schaffer, Mark E" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: Taking threads private [was: Re: st: collapse and weights]
Date   Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:31:06 -0000

FWIW, my response is different again - I usually ask people to repost
the question to Statalist, pointing out that any answers will benefit
others and/or they'll get a better answer than from me.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:owner-
>] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: 26 November 2012 19:18
> To:
> Subject: Taking threads private [was: Re: st: collapse and weights]
> Statalist has a clear policy that people are asked not to take threads
private in
> this way.
> The policy and the logic behind it are set out at
> <>
> All that said, I think it's up to individuals who receive it what they
do with
> private post of this kind. Some people delete it, some people reply
> explaining why it's wrong to do that, and others forward it to the
list. These
> are personal choices and there's a case for each strategy.
> Nick
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM, Austin Nichols
> wrote:
> > OP contacted me off-list to say:
> <snip>
> > Obviously, the OP did not read the two lines of code I posted, nor
> > last name, very carefully.
> >
> > More generally, do you think it is better to repost off-list emails
> > the list, or to completely ignore them?  In the past, I have ignored
> > them as akin to spam, and in clear violation of the Statalist FAQ
> > guidelines, but I am unsure as to which is a good general rule.
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