Thursday, March 09, 2006

RE: st: creating unique identifier values

I don't know where this idea came from.

In statistics and in Stata, as in the rest of life, sometimes we change the question or drift into something else. I don't think there is anything in the FAQ that proscribes or inhibits that.

There is a lot of advice in the FAQ about how to post answerable questions, because posting questions on Statalist that no-one is able or willing to answer is the main source of inefficiency on this list, and does nobody any good -- least of all the poster. This can look stern and strict to newcomers, but it's really in everyone's best interests.

But there's no rule about fun or spontaneity.

And thanks for the thanks,


Suzy > Thank you all for the coding information! I appreciate it immensely.

[...] > Although we aren't allowed to overindulge/say too much on statalist > outside the specified question, I do want to add how much easier and > pleasant it makes life for those of us without a hint of computer > logic/programming knowledge or understanding. To have such patient, > willing, able, and expert help often within moments is a > beautiful thing!!

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