R is a piece of software, but it is also a community.
The most visible aspect of the R community is help. This is also the most useful to new users. The initial sense of cooperation with R was driven mainly by people helping each other.
You don’t need to actively participate in order to benefit from the help venues — just watching can be very educational.
If you do ask a question, it is in your best interests to formulate the question well. There are numerous places that give you hints on how to ask a question well, including Circle 9 of The R Inferno and the R posting guide. Each venue has a slightly different culture, but the main principles are the same. Read more →