[R] The R-help community list was started on this day 20 years ago

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 11:10:23 CEST 2017

Not fooling, no. 

However, r-help/r-announce/r-devel was a restructuring of the r-testers list. This goes back to March 20, 1996. The first archived post of r-testers is 

	• just a test (the 'archiving' does not yet work) -->> Nr. 2 Martin Maechler

so the actual start may have been a few days before.


Incidentally, looking at the last posts of r-testers, it seems that CRAN turned 20 last week:

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:20:35 +0100
Message-Id: <199703261520.QAA08097 at aragorn.ci.tuwien.ac.at>
From: Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik at ci.tuwien.ac.at>
To: r-testers at stat.math.ethz.ch

Subject: R-alpha: ANNOUNCE:  CRAN

This is a first (alpha) announcement for the

		Comprehensive R Archive Network 



> On 02 Apr 2017, at 08:17 , John <jwd at surewest.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:19:07 -0700
> Henrik Bengtsson <henrik.bengtsson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Today, it is been 20 years since Martin Mächler started the R-help
>> community list (https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/). The first
>> post was written by Ross Ihaka on 1997-04-01:
>> Subject: R-alpha: R-testers: pmin heisenbug
>> From: Ross Ihaka <ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz>
>> When: Tue Apr 1 10:35:48 CEST 1997
>> Archive: https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/1997-April/001488.html
>> This is a post about R's memory model. We're talking R v0.50 beta. I
>> think that the paragraph at the end provides a nice anecdote on the
>> importance not to be overwhelmed by problems ahead:
>>   "(The consumption of one cell per string is perhaps the major
>> memory problem in R - we didn't design it with large problems in mind.
>> It is probably fixable, but it will mean a lot of work)."
>> We all know the story; an endless number of hours has been put in by
>> many contributors throughout the years, making The R Project and its
>> community the great experience it is today.
>> Thank you!
>> Henrik
> No fooling?
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