On Nov 28, 1:13 pm, xlr82sas <xlr82...@aol.com> wrote:
> Hi SAS-Lers,
> SOAPBOX ON
> I think some posters and reponders use SAS-L as a forum to show
> their superior skills. I think the list should embrace just the
> opposite. I have posted questions that show my ignorance and the
> reponses to these questions have been the most useful for me. I have
> also posted reponses that contradict some other responders but rarely
> do those reponders admit or correct their responses, usually they make
> some excuses. I think comments like 'you obviously are not a
> statistician', 'you don't know what you are talking about' or 'are you
> serious' are not productive. Just respond with specific examples. Also
> a simple response like, I did not know that, thanks, goes along way to
> improve the list.
> I think we should all throw our egos out the window and embrace the
> I have even had offine messages from SAS-L posters when I
> contradicted their post and somehow injured their ego.
> I aso believe the best SAS programmers realize their SAS ignorance
> is much greater than their SAS knowledge. I cringe when I enter the
> world of SAS-FCMP, SAS-Java, SAS-AF, SAS-Regular Expressions, SAS-
> Hashes, module, modulen..., even though I have written and use those
> functions I cherish the reponses from SAS-Lers with more knowledge
> than me on these issues.
> On the flip side
> I think editorial comment like the text above is ok for the list.
> As long as it is obvious it is editorial comment. But editorial
> comment should try to avoid inflammatory retoric, although fingers are
> not connected to the brain sometimes.
> I do post messages like "Better Macro Quoting" and a Beter Interface
> for Macros" and I am not sure these techniques are sound and are best
> methods for production environments. My point is to open up a
> discussion with some out of the box thinking. Reponses to these post
> have been very useful and have lead to improvements
> SOAPBOX OFF
2 things strike me the best:
- out of the box thinking.
It has been far worse on SAS-L than what you quote above but I agree
with more civility for posts. The outside of the box thinking, IMO,
should extend beyond SAS. Melding SAS and other technologies makes for
a very powerful combination. For example, building an interface in
Silverlight or Excel that works with SAS is great.
I show some of that here: