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Earlier today I asked a question (Mixed Effects Models) and received a response. I want to post follow-up question that asks for R code to achieve the solution provided by the response, but is this type of solicitation appropriate for this site, or better left to stackoverflow?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there any reason you are using google's service to provide links to the qn? Ideally, you should simply link to the question directly using the editor provided. $\endgroup$ – svadali Aug 13 '10 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I use it simply because the urls here are rather long and I know some dislike long urls that break up text. Has url shortening already been meta-decided as bad? If so let me know and I'll expand all the links. $\endgroup$ – Mike Lawrence Aug 13 '10 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ See my edit to see how you need not use long urls. $\endgroup$ – svadali Aug 13 '10 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, you know I hadn't seen the link function in the editor. I'm too used to plain-text! Fixed in my other post now too. $\endgroup$ – Mike Lawrence Aug 13 '10 at 18:08
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IMHO, asking for full fledged R code for your context is inappropriate. The ideal statistical computing question would be something along the following lines:

  • Explain model context / your goals etc
  • Give some minimal example of R code that you are having trouble with
  • Ask your question about the code (e.g., bugs, slow code etc that you have)
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  • $\begingroup$ +1 That's a good summary. $\endgroup$ – Shane Aug 13 '10 at 19:32
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Your question on Mixed effects models is fine. As for a follow-up question it would be OK to ask what R packages are available to fit your model. More than likely, someone would post some code that you could use.

When a questionnaire asks for a fully worked solution the OP can come across a bit lazy.

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