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by SAS Super FREQ
on ‎03-28-2012 08:45 AM

The Statistical Procedures forum gets about 25% of the traffic of the general SAS Procedures forum.  If you combine the forums, I won't have time to wade through all those generic posts searching for the few statistical questions.

by Contributor spjcdc
on ‎03-28-2012 10:09 AM

It appears that the Procedures forum contains a lot of posts involving macros and data steps.  I suspect because it's the first item in the list that's where most people go.  I'd recommend keeping statistical procs separate and combining procedures with other base products such as macros and data steps since the two seemed to be intermingled anyway. 

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎03-28-2012 11:26 AM

Agree with Rick.  Though some Stat Procedures spill into Procedures, it is useful to have them separate as the types of questions are rather different.

by Super User
on ‎03-28-2012 05:15 PM

There's a tendency to not place posts into the correct categories anyways, especially for people who are new to the forum. I think you either have some separation or none at all.

It could be useful to have a private search that shows threads that are of interest, ie I'm interested in in SQL threads or any thing that deals with survival curves...

by Respected Advisor
on ‎03-28-2012 06:20 PM

I receive emails for postings to the SAS-STAT forum as I consider myself more knowledgeable with those. What we need is a tool for the poster to transger his/her discussion thread to another forum. - PG

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎03-28-2012 06:25 PM

Reeza, you will appreciate the new features after the update.  The 'What Matters' features it will add should help automatically isolate threads of those subjects to you based on what you tend to view/post/reply to.

On this topic, I also agree with Rick, the volume of questions that deal heavily with statistical matters belong in a separate forum as the number of applicable questions and responders to those questions is more limited than the bulk that is asked in the base procedures forum.  While people are always going to post things in the 'wrong' place they can always be moved to the proper location and often users will suggest this to the poster anyway.

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎03-28-2012 06:29 PM


The poster of the thread can move the discussion threads where-ever they choose.  Beyond that of course the site admin can also move things as appropriate.

by Respected Advisor
on ‎03-28-2012 09:22 PM

Thanks Fried for pointing it out. I hadn't noticed, since it is only visible to OPs. - PG

by Super User
on ‎03-28-2012 09:49 PM

I don't agree too. These two communities is totally different. They focus on different field.

One is about data processing. Another is about Statistical Method.

But I think you could combine SAS Procedures and SAS Data Step Macro into one community.

They are almost talking about the same topic----Data Processing.


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