There is an organized effort to promote the StackOverflow site for questions and answers around the R programming language. It’s working: the amount of R activity on StackOverflow has greatly increased lately.

If you’re familiar with StackOverflow but not R, you might want to take a look at the R Project website and these notes about the R language.

If you’re familiar with R but not StackOverflow, allow me to introduce you. StackOverflow is a website for questions and answers related to programming. The site is open to all programming languages and environments, but it’s pretty strict about sticking to programming questions. (StackOverflow has two sister sites for other computing questions: ServerFault for system administration and IT issues, and Superuser for almost anything else related to computing.)

I’d like to see the R community take advantage of StackOverflow’s platform. According to Metcalfe’s law, the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of users in the network. As more people go to StackOverflow for R Q&A, everyone gets better information and faster responses.

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3 thoughts on “R Q&A

  1. Sounds like a great idea! Especially because I’m not going anywhere near R-help after my first attempt to get help there left me feeling like a complete ass for daring to ask for assistance…

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