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Where to learn about R packages?

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 ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

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 ...
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Complaint about moderators

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 ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

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 ...
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Is this machine learning + matrix manipulation question on topic?

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/...
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Complaint about moderators

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 ...
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Is "Why is inside-r.org pointing at mran.microsoft.com?" on topic on Cross Validated?

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 ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

Based on the comments, I have set a bounty on the 2013 question, claiming that "The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes", which is not entirely correct but the ...
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Where to learn about R packages?

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 ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

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)...
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Complaint about moderators

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 ...
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