S-newsis the discussion group on the S and S-plus systems for statistics, graphics, and programming. Appropriate topics must be related to S/S-plus, including programming and usage questions and suggestions, problem reports, and announcements of new software (contributed and commercial), books and articles, and conferences and educational events. Short job announcements are also acceptable. Long advertisements and commercial messages that are not specifically relevant to S/S-plus are not acceptable.
The new S-News mailing list manager, Sympa (currently 6.1.7), can do most of its functions through a web interface which is at:
Mail for posting to the S-news list should be sent to:
All subscription and unsubscription requests and other list management commands (see more detailed information below) should be sent to:
Messages that require human intervention should be sent to:
but you should make use of the automatic list processor commands whenever they cover the situation.
unsubscribe s-news email@example.com
s-news. If your reply is of general interest and is intended for distribution, make sure you send it to the
s-newsaddress. Otherwise, make sure you are sending it to the appropriate individual and not the list address.
A common practice is to send replies to the original poster of the question. It is then up to the poster to write a summary of the replies, including both an acknowledgement of the respondents and a summary of the substance of the replies (including credited quotations from messages that contained useful information, but not repeating the same points many times). This makes the efforts of the contributors useful to the entire list. Posters of questions can encourage this by offering to summarize in their original message.
Please specify both the version of Splus and the system (Unix versus Windows, and the OS version), as both problems and solutions are often system-dependent.
Be brief and to the point. Rather than including a long previous message in a reply, include only the relevant excerpts. Make your message easy for others to read. Format it neatly and with line breaks. Do not make the lines too long (over 75 characters). Stick to plain text messages (avoid word-processor formats, attachments, and 8-bit character encodings) and use a spell checker. Make use of the subject line to state your topic.
Extend the courtesies customary in scholarly writing. When you use or refer to the work of someone else, give due credit. Quotations should be accurate with due attribution.
If you have a problem using an add-on library or add-on functions (e.g. something you have downloaded from Statlib), first contact the author of these functions for help, before posting to the list or contacting MathSoft.
Finally, remember that you are addressing an international audience. with subscribers on at least five different continents. Make your message appropriate for all of your readers, for example when you refer to government agencies, geographical identifiers, a telephone number for which international dialing is not obvious (such as a North American 800 number), or "next summer". One benefit is that the sun never sets on S-news, so you are likely to get a quick answer at any time of the day or night!
Messages about list management issues should not be sent to the S-news
list. If your issue concerns an individual posting that you think is
inappropriate, write to the individual poster, do not compound the
problem by making the whole list see your complaint. If your issue
concerns your own subscription or delivery, send list management commands
firstname.lastname@example.org or send messages requiring human
email@example.com. General issues about list
management and policies should be raised on the
s-news-advisory list; see
below for more information.
firstname.lastname@example.org point your Web browser at
Where such exploders are needed, local managers are requested either to configure the software so that a brief explanation is automatically added to each forwarded message, or to send a reminder to their constituents at regular intervals detailing how to unsubscribe from the local redistribution.
email@example.com), Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University, St. Louis. The technical administrator is Erich Schraer (
firstname.lastname@example.org), systems administrator at the same department. Messages requiring human intervention, such as improperly formatted list management requests or queries and comments that cannot be handled automatically should be sent to
s-news-advisorylist (also available in digest form as
s-news-advisory-digest). To find out about policies for this list and how to subscribe, send a message to
email@example.com in the body the line
set s-news digest
set s-news digest firstname.lastname@example.org
set s-news digest-plain
set s-news digest-plain email@example.com
The command (or multiple commands) should be in the body of the message, not in the subject line. If your mailer puts a signature at the end of the message, put the command
s-news! (NEVER!) A full list of commands can be obtained by sending the command
subscribe s-news firstname.lastname@example.org
unsubscribe s-news email@example.com