Any suggestions for resources for new users on 'Getting help'?


#1

Any suggestions for resources for new users on ‘Getting help’, e.g. writing a good stackoverflow question?

@noamross suggested:
https://swcarpentry.github.io/r-novice-gapminder/03-seeking-help/
https://jennybc.github.io/reprex/

@jeroenooms suggested:

rOpenSci is hosting a Community Call Tues March 7, 2017, 8-9 AM PST that will cover this topic! I’ll post details here when available.


#2

http://adv-r.had.co.nz/Reproducibility.html


#3

I like http://www.cookbook-r.com/ as a general resource.

When asking for debugging help, it’s really courteous to be able to articulate:
(1) what the code was supposed to do
(2) what the code did instead
(3) what was already tried and if the problem has been further narrowed to specific lines
[though I think those are the standard requirements for stackoverflow questions, anyway]


#4

Community Call Tuesday, March 7th: How to ask questions so they get answered! Possibly by yourself!
with @jennybc, James (JD) Long and @sckott
Details: https://ropensci.org/blog/blog/2017/02/17/comm-call-v13


#5

Can I ask a question? I am trying to learn R so I am working in this book I bought called R for Data Science. I didn’t get very far because it says to install the tidyverse package in RStudio so when I try to install it I get this error:…oops. I just tried to reproduce the error and it didn’t happen this time. I’m sorry about that. I’m sure I’ll have more errors soon.

Thanks very much,
Barbara


#6

Hi Barbara,
Good to see your question answered itself :wink:
fyi, there is an RStudio discussion forum here: https://community.rstudio.com/ that might be helpful for you.

Cheers,
Stefanie


#7

HI Stefanie,

Thanks so much for the info. I need all the help I can get!

Barbara


#8

Jenny Bryan just published her video on the reprex package:

It is extremely beginner friendly.


#9

Also:


#10

Since this older thread is getting revived, here’s a post of mine about where to get R help https://masalmon.eu/2018/07/22/wheretogethelp/ (including a mention of this very forum hehe).

The resources of the comm call mentioned earlier can be found via http://communitycalls.ropensci.org/#2017-03-07