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Thanks again.


On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM, Nick Cox <[email protected]> wrote:
> Yingge Lin:
> Rest assured that Maarten has a long track record of helping many,
> many people on this list and also that he and Ben Jann are on entirely
> good terms. Maarten did not explain his comment fully, but it is not
> necessary to add to his remarks on the episode he mentioned. He was
> merely trying to explain that Ben is no longer a member of this list,
> so that it follows that you should ask Ben directly about his
> programs. Even if users of these programs comment directly, that
> remains good advice.
> The Statalist FAQ explains that you should assume goodwill even when
> it is not evident. I would summarize Maarten's main advice as that it
> is difficult to help you if you do not help yourself by asking precise
> questions.
> The purpose of such advice is not to shoot you down but to encourage
> you to ask precise questions. Despite all that, it remains difficult
> to comment on your experiences, including whether you have made
> mistakes, as you give no details on exactly what command syntax you
> used nor exactly what results you got.
>  I am commenting on your general aspersions; I don't use either of the
> commands you mention.
> Nick
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM, Yingge Lin <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Maarten
>> Sorry if my question made you uncomfortable, but I think you should
>> know that your answer has certainly made me very uncomfortable. I
>> thought statalist is a place where people discuss the questions about
>> STATA and learn from each other. All I wanted was some feedback from
>> those who also have used -oaxaca- and -decompose-, and see whether I
>> made mistake or one of the commands have some error. The -oaxaca- and
>> -decompose- can be installed by ssc install.
>> I do not know whether there is anything going on between Ben Jann and
>> you, but it was never my intention to waste anybody?s time. But I do
>> not appreciate that you tried to accuse me of looking for a shortcut
>> only and wasting someone else time. It is untrue, and certainly if you
>> felt so strongly that answering my questions was a waste of your time
>> or were having a bad day, you really could have just chosen to ignore
>> my questions.
>> Yingge
>> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM, Maarten Buis <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM, Yingge Lin wrote:
>>>> I am using STATA10. Ben Jann also have -oaxaca- for earlier version of
>>>> stata (8 and 9). Hope these clarify a little bit of my questions.
>>> That was not what I was asking. I asked where you got the user written
>>> software from (-oaxaca- and -decompose-), not which version of Stata
>>> you were using. However, you should also have told use which version
>>> of Stata you were using. Since you did not say so in your original
>>> question I assumed, per the Statalist FAQ, you used the most recent
>>> (12).
>>> I realize that often we want answers quickly, and thus take
>>> short-cuts, like not reading the FAQ. But this illustrates that short
>>> cuts often lead to more work. If this only meant that you wasted your
>>> own time, than that is not so bad: hopefully you have learned
>>> something in the process. However, you are also wasting our time.
>>> Since you rely on our good will to get answers, wasting our time is
>>> not a good idea. So I strongly suggest that you take your time to read
>>> the FAQ carefully before posting anything on the list.
>>> Anyhow, my answer remains the same: Ben Jann is no longer active on
>>> the list (a sad story, involving one of the most dysfunctional periods
>>> on statalist), so you need to contact him directly.
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