Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 22:48:49 -0700
Reply-To: Annamaria Rousey <ademars@USC.EDU>
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From: Annamaria Rousey <ademars@USC.EDU>
Subject: Re: What do we have to do to SAVE SAS-L
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Personally, I am sure that I see more specialized questions on SAS-L now compared to when I began reading it MANY years ago. I think that is a function of the good information available through an enormous number of papers from SGF and all the regional conferences. Also, many blogs regularly post information on SAS, both blogs by users and from SAS Institute.
And twitter is another resources for short quick questions, e.g.
Are If and Where the same thing?
I think the fewer basic questions are attributable to most people now being in the habit of using Google as a first step to find something and, for the reason above, there being more information now available to find. Usually, my first two steps would be : 1. Google and 2. Search SAS-L archives
If I find the answer in SAS-L archives, I can avoid wasting people's time by asking it again. Yes, over two decades, a whole lot of questions have already been answered.
When I was a relatively new SAS programmer, I read SAS-L daily just to learn. I don't see as many basic questions these days. (Unrelated note - the archives only go back to 1996 - I SWEAR I remember reading SAS-L when i was in graduate school - and I graduated in 1990. I had to read it on some funky black and green terminal in the computer lab - HOME Internet - that's crazy talk! - but SAS-L did exist.) These days I mostly glance at the posts once or twice a day if I have time and read any that look interesting. Yes, I'm a lurker for decades, or is that a peeping Tom? I feel such guilt.
I would hate to see SAS-L go away because it is such a great resource for new and experienced users alike.
ANNMARIA DE MARS, PH.D.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 5:46 pm
Subject: What do we have to do to SAVE SAS-L
> SAS-L posts, as at the end of July this year, are down 36.7% from what
> they were at the same point in time last year (i.e., 9962 posts
> this year,
> compared with 15745 posts last year).
> Has everyone's questions already been answered or, conversely, has
> competition between the usenet and listserv versions of SAS-L, SAS
> Forums,and the other posting sites that are now available simply
> resulted in
> people giving up looking for answers to their questions?
> If it is the latter, what can we ALL do about it?