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Re: st: Help for 3rd tier users of stata

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: Help for 3rd tier users of stata
Date   Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:55:22 -0400

I agree the list could be slightly more welcoming, or at least
kind, to new users. But subject line tags - which are common on
many lists and may be useful here for regular users - are typically
ignored by new users and thus probably wouldn't go very far.

Another thing common on many lists that might be much more useful here
is an automatic posting every week with the subject line [FAQ: date].
This could contain a brief note about list expections and a link to
the FAQ. This would be a trivial way to remind occasional posters of
the things they should have read when they subscribed - but which
may have been months or years ago. Usually anyone looking at a list
archive with the thought of posting will read such a post first.

Jeph wrote:
Not being a power user of Stata, and not even being a
second tier user, I sympathize with the plight of
those questioners who ask really basic questions
about things like statistical tests for medians.  I
learn a lot from these questions.  And, to be honest,
I am completely flummoxed by searching the archives
and would not know enough to use "median test" as my
search phrase.

If it is not good to waste the time of the power and
second tier users on such matters, could we have a
separate listserv or a SUBJECT line warning that
would allow us to move along up to those levels
eventually through learning from each other?  Or is
there some other way to build a community for us?


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