The answer is, of course, "it depends", but I think you're asking about something different from what you think you're asking about.
I believe we can all agree that a question like
Is there an R package for fitting Random Forests?
not only is off-topic but also shows a lack of research effort.
And likewise we can all agree that
If code is the full answer to a question, then the question is off-topic. When the code illustrates or implements a statistical answer, such as a procedure or algorithm offered in response to a question about statistics or machine learning, then it is almost always warmly welcomed.
Thanks for bringing our attention to that! I have removed this tag from the three threads. Obviously, we don't need such a tag on Cross Validated as it targets a particular UI specific to R (even if this is probably the most useful and least intrusive :-).
I think you are confused between answering a question in a comment (50 rep) and answering as the site intends for everyone to be able to do (1 rep). This response was done in the text box below that you see as 'Your Answer' with several formatting options readily on display. This is where you should be able to provide answers even with only 1 rep.
Your comment touches on several generic issues. Here are some.
It is neither possible nor necessary that moderators understand all questions. For one, a question can be closed on the grounds that is unclear, namely that a moderator considers and/or others in the community agree that it appears unclear. Often in such cases the whole point is that people do ...
A question asking for software referral is not on-topic, unless it needs some kind of statistical expertise. The same applies to questions about code. So, for example, a question asking about R packages for reading Excel files, plotting social network data, or asking how to implement linear regression in Python, etc. would be off-topic.
On the other hand, ...
I see your valuable contributions quite regularly here; thanks for those.
Thanks for asking first, as well.
The SE network has a fairly clear policy on self-promotion, which you should look at.
Limits for self-promotion in answers
What signifies "Good" self promotion? (or: Self Promotion Part ...
No, we do not need a distinct rstudio tag because rstudio is simply a convenient interface to R, not a separate language with its own peculiarities. Making rstudio a synonym of r appears to solve any residual need to consolidate R-related tags.
StackOverflow defines the following on-topics:
a specific programming problem, or
a software algorithm, or
software tools commonly used by programmers; and is
a practical, answerable problem that is unique to software development
SO does not define programming per se, so we'd have to go elsewhere. According to Wikipedia,
Computer programming (often ...
The issue of an R-specific SE now appears to be moot, as judging from the link the proposal has been closed with the message:
The R community embraced Stack Overflow as The place
for R support and went on to gain a strong following on our Cross
Validated site. – Robert Cartaino♦ 2 hours ago
(Robert Cartaino is "the Director of ...
The short answer:
Reality has a status quo bias; the initiative seems to have simply withered away with time. I doubt anyone (or the community as a whole) explicitly decided not to do it. Either way, nothing along those lines came of that discussion, and there isn't an R.SE site listed in Area 51.
I think you're right that ...
Area 51 is the Stack Exchange site for proposing new Stack Exchange sites. If your idea for a new site comes from observing commonalities among off-topic questions on Cross Validated, it'd be sensible to discuss it first here on CV's Meta & to link to your proposal if you decide to make one.
Your example—questions involving R—has been much ...
As I understand your description, this would be a pure software / how-to question. As such, it would be off-topic.
There is, however, a glmnet tag. You could leave comments (where it seems appropriate) on tagged questions. You could also edit the tag wiki. Moreover, in answering questions with the tag, it might be fine to mention the package along ...
To clarify (though all the parts of this information is here in various places):
On the main site, you can normally answer a question with 1 reputation.
Here on meta you need 5 reputation to answer
You need 50 reputation to comment in either location.
To gain reputation quickly:
answer questions on the main site. Good answers will generally get ...
Just containing code doesn't make it off topic; the question seems to me to be firmly on-topic.
In any case, in relation to programming questions (which I don't think this one actually is), the help/on-topic says:
if it needs statistical expertise to understand or answer, ask it here
So even if it were more of a programming-related question than it ...
When I run the supplied code I see a plot which is a great deal closer to normality than the original sample so I find it hard to see what is going on here. The code itself seems to show more understanding of the central limit theorem than the quoted explanation of what the central limit theorem in fact states. I would suggest the OP edits the question in ...
It's off topic here, and I doubt this particular discussion (aside from the question of on-topicness) would be on topic at any of the other SE network sites.
You're free to raise it on our chat if you wish.
As the original Asker of the META Q you link to, I think "we" (the people on SO who were getting annoyed with questions being closed that seemingly, or at that time, fell between the SO and CV cracks) decided that within the StackExchange ecosystem, what we hoped to achieve with an R-related SE site didn't really fit in with the SE ethos or could be covered ...
If your only question / planned answer for the thread is "here is the code to upload a text file to h2o from your interface", then the question will be fine on Stack Overflow.
On the other hand, if you want to talk about "the evaluation of data", that is on-topic here, even if code is appended. There is certainly nothing wrong with having code (R, SAS, ...
You can also earn reputation by editing the questions and answers. Your edit will be placed in a queue, but on stats.SE the queues disappear quickly. You can read more about how editing works here: How do suggested edits work?
I have seen other forums migrating such requests to Software Recommendations, though that forum tends to be a still defining itself and not known for prompt responses or well moderated. Right now as it covers a broad range of topics and not people who are say, experts in R or what it does in this case.
R packages based on this forum's core competency I ...
Based on the comments, I have set a bounty on the 2013 question, claiming that "The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes", which is not entirely correct but the closest "bounty reason".
(Now I'd just love for the bounty text to respect the paragraph breaks I included...)
Edit: I just awarded the bounty to Ben Bolker's ...
I'm a bit mixed on this. In general, I think it is better to close such questions, but some questions could legitimately be grandfathered. I'm not sure I can articulate where I perceive the borderline to be or provide a coherent argument for it. (I have voted to 'leave open' on some such older threads, if I could find them I might be able to do better ...
Not arguing that ssdecontrol has an excellent answer, but as someone who is very interested in R packages, I find that subscribing to R-bloggers is really, really, useful. It will keep you in touch with what is new in the R package world as well as linking to blogs describing the use of various R packages.
Stack Overflow uses a fairly stringent definition of what constitutes a programming question (perhaps just as we have a fairly strict definition of what constitutes a statistical / machine learning question). A question that simply has to do with how to use, say, R is not necessarily a programming question. One good rule of thumb is that programming ...
I think that this would depend on the question being asked. If someone is looking for a data manipulation package like plyr for example, I would think that would be a SO question.
But if the question is more about how to implement a particular model in R, then surely this is straightforwardly a statistics question? R, as with any programming language, can ...
Consider taking a long-term view and writing a new package
One thing that is worth bearing in mind in regard to this query is that questions on CV.SE (particularly if they are fairly regular questions) can give a useful indication of "gaps" in the market for software tools to perform a particular task. If you have sufficient expertise to write ...
I think the answers here already are spot on, but just want to add a few thoughts.
I've been using the site for a little while now, but it still fills me with wonder and gratitude that people have actually taken the time to read through and answer my questions. What's more, I have often got a response from people with so much statistical knowledge and ...