[R] Order of messgaes/ missing messages

Baskin, Robert RBaskin at ahrq.gov
Wed Aug 4 18:38:42 CEST 2004

It has to do with the topology of the web - if you are web-wise closer to
the responder than the original sender you can receive the answer before the
question - even if both answer and question go only to the list.

I learned this suscribed to SAS-L when I was at UF - I was downstream from
Bob Hamer (then at VCU) who, at the time, seemed to answer many of the
questions on SAS-L.  He would get the questions quickly because at VCU he
was (web-wise) close to a source of sending - I would always get his
responses before the original question because he was my nearest neighbor on
the web - after he moved to Rutgers the whole phenomenon stopped  (and if I
recall John Williams became primary answerer).

I wondered how long it would take before someone on this list asked about
it.  I see the answer before question phenomenon on this list quite strongly
and for me it is often Spencer Graves' answer I see first - like this one :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Spencer Graves [mailto:spencer.graves at pdf.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 12:13 PM
To: Jim Brennan
Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: Re: [R] Order of messgaes/ missing messages

      Might this depend on whether someone responds to all or only to 
the list?  If one responds to all, then the originator should receive 2 
copies, If s/he subscribes to the list.  The copy via the list is often 
delayed hours by the listserve.  Might this explain the issue?  spencer 

Jim Brennan wrote:

>I am curious as to why I quite often receive responses to questions on 
>the help before receiving the actual question.
> For example Mr Graves has responded to Mr Lumley's response to Mr Wegelin
yet I  ave not received Mr. Lumley's post while I have received the other
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