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RE: st: The public and the private

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: The public and the private
Date   Mon, 6 Oct 2003 18:04:16 +0100

Allan Reese

> For an alternative view of how lists should be used, see eg 
> ALLSTAT, whose
> guidelines are posted on
> That list takes the view that someone who throws out a 
> question should
> receive and collate the responses, then post a summary.
> Either system is workable.  Personally I am most irritated 
> by seeing an
> interesting question on a list with no further information 
> on whether it was ever answered.

Indeed. It's important to note that 
allstat functions largely as a conduit 
for job adverts and meeting or course announcements, 
for which no public reply is appropriate. 

As Allan perhaps will agree, the failure 
of many posters of _questions_ on allstat to summarize
the answers seems to make that list fairly 
ineffective for that purpose. 

However, our concern here is solely 
with Statalist, which has always had a principle
of replying in public. My comments were meant 
to be entirely in that spirit, as I hope is clear. 

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