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st: Please give proper references and attributions

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Please give proper references and attributions
Date   Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:27:36 +0100

Two of the most frequently ignored requests in the FAQ (cf. sections 3.3
and 3.4): 

Say what command(s) you are using. If they are not part of official
Stata, say where they come from: the STB/SJ, SSC, or other archives. 

Precise literature references please! Please do not assume that the
literature familiar to you is familiar to all members of Statalist. Do
not refer to publications with just minimal details (e.g., author and
date). Questions of the form "Has anyone implemented the
heteroscedasticity under a full moon test of Sue, Grabbit, and Runne
(1989)?" admittedly divide the world. Anyone who has not heard of the
said test would not be helped by the full reference to answer the
question, but they might well appreciate the full reference.

Neither request should be considered as merely asking people to observe
academic proprieties. Help us to help you by making your problem and its
context as clear as possible! It's in your interest to ask questions
that make full sense, immediately, as busy people know all too well how
to delete your questions otherwise. 


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