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st: New users: a word from the old

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: New users: a word from the old
Date   Tue, 5 Jul 2005 18:18:17 +0100

It is very good to see that new Stata users are always 
joining the list. 

However, it is not quite so good that some of those new 
users seem to regard the list as an easy alternative to other 
ways of answering elementary questions. The FAQ includes
the section below, which is intended to apply to all 
Statalist members, new, old, small or large. It is very true 
that Stata is now so large and complicated that it 
is often difficult to know where to start, but starting with 
some attempt at self-help does remain the best strategy. 

Similarly, the FAQ is meant to be read. I get a stream of 
personal messages, admittedly almost all very polite, all 
someone explaining that their posting to Statalist is not 
getting through and they don't know why. The FAQ is very clear that 
this should happen whenever you send HTML or other mailjunk 
to the list. 

======================= from the FAQ 
1. Before you post

Before posting, consider other ways of finding information: 

the manual 

the online help for Stata

-search- can tell you about all built-in Stata commands, 
all ado-files published in Stata Technical Bulletins or 
the Stata Journal, and all FAQs on the Stata web site, -findit- can tell you about not only all 
of the above, but also about user-written Stata programs 
available on the Internet. 

your local Stata expert or technical support person 

past issues of the Stata Technical Bulletin or Stata Journal, 
if accessible 

the authors of user-written ado-files (who usually have email 
addresses, but are not always members of Statalist) 

Stata technical support, if it is really a question for them 

[email protected] 

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