Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 09:21:28 -0700
Reply-To: jerry Durbin <Jerry_Durbin@BC.COM>
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From: jerry Durbin <Jerry_Durbin@BC.COM>
Subject: FW: Plays Well With Others
> I agree with Machelle.
> In my own opinion, one of the primary purposes of this list is the
> "sharing of knowledge" with people who have similar interests. Those few
> flamers will eventually build their egos to such a degree that they'll
> flame-out leaving us with those have a true desire to learn and help. By
> the by, I've been using SAS extensively since 1986 and have yet to get
> involved with statistical analysis, so I have found many of the Reponses
> very useful.
> Thank You
> Jerry L. Durbin
> Boise Cascade Corporation
> -----Original Message-----
> From: machellew@MY-DEJA.COM [SMTP:machellew@MY-DEJA.COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 8:24 AM
> To: SAS-L@VM.MARIST.EDU
> Subject: Re: Plays Well With Others
> I am not convinced that your model is necessarily the best for the
> Firstly, when someone posts a problem, sometimes it is the first few
> 'close-but-not-exactly-on-the-mark' replies that put the eventual
> problem-solver on the right path.
> Secondly, if everyone were to resort to posting privately, I think
> a lot of brain-power will be put to waste. If you never see
> any responses does this mean that you are going to reply to every
> question posted on the assumption that no one has come up with your
> response? It is helpful to everyone (gurus and non-gurus alike) that
> replies are posted publicly... this way:
> 1) everyone learns;
> 2) There is minimal duplication of effort.
> That's the way I see it.
> Have a great holiday season everyone...
> Machelle Wilchesky
> Division of Clinical Epidemiology
> McGill University Health Centres
> Royal Victoria Hospital Pavilion
> Montreal, Quebec
> In article
> "Berryhill, Tim" <TWB2@PGE.COM> wrote:
> > I assume many SAS-L answers are posted privately. Believe it or
> > I think my answer is broadly useful or interesting, I reply
> > Private replies confer an obligation upon the recipient: to post a
> > summary to the list upon successful resolution. The recipient of
> > replies may also post a partial summary as a restatement of the
> > This approach has several advantages: traffic is reduced, the list
> does not
> > see eight substantially similar solutions to the same problem, and
> > are easily excluded from the summary. We recently saw a fine
> of a
> > question, no replies to the list, and a summary or result to the
> > The obvious drawback of this approach (besides requiring the
> recipient to
> > sing for their supper), is that some recipients cannot or will not
> post a
> > summary. In such cases, if one desires the answer, it is quite
> > to repost the question after a week or so.
> > Tim Berryhill - Contract Programmer and General Wizard
> > TWB2@PGE.COM or http://www.aartwolf.com/twb.html
> > Frequently at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco
> > The correlation coefficient between their views and
> > my postings is slightly less than 0
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