|Date: ||Sat, 28 Nov 2009 12:13:06 -0800|
|Reply-To: ||xlr82sas <xlr82sas@AOL.COM>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||xlr82sas <xlr82sas@AOL.COM>|
|Subject: ||A note about SAS-L|
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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