[Rd] [Rcpp-devel] GPL and R Community Policies (Rcpp)

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Wed Dec 1 23:18:39 CET 2010

> Perhaps a wider community of R users can weigh in on a
> policy decision that was implicitly deemed acceptable on this
> thread. Namely, that it is fine to arbitrarily and
> for no reason deprecate the contributions of past
> authors, and as more progress is made, even more
> disparaging remarks can be added.

What is disparaging about saying "a small portion of the code is based
on code written during 2005 and 2006 by Dominick Samperi"? I read this
as a factual statement saying that the current version of Rcpp is
based on, in a small way, your earlier work.

For reference, a disparaging comment would be something like: "This
package was based code written by Hadley Wickham that made my eyes
bleed", or "The development of this package was driven by the godawful
code that Hadley wrote".


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Department of Statistics / Rice University

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