[Rd] requesting a new SIG mailing list

Sarah Goslee sarah.goslee at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 12:51:39 CET 2012

Dear Martin,

Thank you for confirming what I'd already suspected
about the mailing list software.

I've added hydrology explicitly to the list description, and
hope that the hydrologists find it a welcoming home. We've
got a solid core of participants, so R users should
find it a useful resource.


On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 6:39 AM, Martin Maechler
<maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm the "site maintainer" of the R-SIG-... at r-project.org mailing
> lists (and back from vacations).
>>>>>> Sarah Goslee <sarah.goslee at gmail.com>
>>>>>>     on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:16:01 -0500 writes:
>    > Hi all,
>    >> It would be great if Sara of someone of the maintainers
>    >> of the r-sig-ecology list could add that info to the info page.
>    > I'm talking with the other maintainer about revising both
>    > the short and the long descriptions.
>    >> I think that r-sig-env would be much more intuitive for
>    >> environmental scientists coming from fields different
>    >> from ecology, but I don't think it is possible to change
>    >> the name of an existing mailing list.
> yes, that would be only doable with much effort,
> and (unless even more effort is put in) it would invalidate all
> current links to the current archives etc.
>    >> However, I'm wondering if it would be possible to create
>    >> an alias termed 'r-sig-env' to 'r-sig-ecology' ?, in
>    >> order to make the name of the list more intuitive for
>    >> environmental scientists but without disturbing the
>    >> current users.
>    > I don't know that there is any mechanism for doing either
>    > of those things.  Changing the name would be disruptive,
>    > and I don't know of an alias option.
> there is none, on the mailing list level.
> On the mail server side, I could create such aliases,
> but then these would only apply to e-mail addresses and the ML
> software would still "speak" of the official ML name...
> Given all the issues and opinions heard so far, I'd also
> propose trying to have hydrologists and other env.scientists
> join the r-sig-ecology for the time being.
> Brian Ripley has already mentioned the very important point,
> that there's some often non-negligible admin overhead for each
> list, and I can add that indeed, we have had several lists that
> always remained too small and so never "started flying".

Sarah Goslee

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