[R] opinion - sharing problem data and other stuff.

John McKown john.archie.mckown at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 23:41:46 CEST 2014

This is just a thought that has occurred to me. I don't know if it is
an "Oh, WOW!" or an "Are you KIDDING?!?" type thought. So I thought
I'd ask here.

I use github for a few things. Nothing great, but maybe nice. Anyway,
one feature of GitHub is the GIST feature. What I am used to github
being for is a project consisting of many complete files. A gist can
contain many files, but is really for a set of snippets. Such as code
sequences. Or maybe the output from a dput().

If I have a "big" problem where I think that having all the data and
my attempted solutions available, I think it would be far kinder of me
to put a _good_ synopsis of the problem here on the list. And a
clickable URL to the gist I have created for the problem. That would
decrease the bandwidth on the email server. And save space on it. And,
lets face it, in many cases only a few people are going to really look
at any given problem "in depth", so why have a huge email go out to
the entire community?

My idea may not be useful, I really am not sure. But my motive is
trying to keep everybody's inbox from overflowing. And make it easier
to supply really good data, but only to those who are interested.

Thanks for any feedback.

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Genghis Khan

Maranatha! <><
John McKown

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