How did the "#refugeeswelcome" appear in my R Console?


#1

Recently, I have been seeing a political statement cropping up more and more in the RStudio console. The statement reads: #refugeeswelcome. (Unfortunately, I cannot see how to attach a screen capture to this post.) While I agree with this sentiment, I feel it is bad practice for analysis software to push unsolicited political statements. If we open the door to politics in our analysis software, some users (especially among political scientists and social scientists) may worry if they can trust that their data is not being covertly scrutinized for subject matter and if the results returned by the analysis have not been secretly biased by a clever politically-motivated algorithm. We have entered the age of AI after all. I know this sounds crazy paranoid, but wouldn't it be best not to open that door?


#2

Where and how exactly did you get that message?, I have never came across with that.


#3

That has nothing to do with RStudio (or even R itself).

There is a package (I forget which one but I think it's to do with mapping) which uses that message when the package is loaded. I'm surprised CRAN allows that, but the author of the package decided to implement it.


#4

Looks like the package is sjPlot.

(updated with better link)


#5

Well spotted. I had mapping in my head for some reason, but it's for plotting stats outputs. Based on that code it should only be seen with a probability of 0.2^3 or 8 out of a thousand times the package is loaded.


#6

free as in speech and also free as in beer. If you don't like it, don't use the package.

Or you can fork the project and maintain a less political version: https://github.com/strengejacke/sjPlot

You're free to do as you please. As is Daniel Lüdecke.


#7

Vim is still raising money for Uganda, is it not.


#8

Yup... from the license file:

Vim is Charityware. You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are
encouraged to make a donation for needy children in Uganda. Please see |kcc|
below or visit the ICCF web site, available at these URLs:

http://iccf-holland.org/
http://www.vim.org/iccf/
http://www.iccf.nl/

You can also sponsor the development of Vim. Vim sponsors can vote for
features. See |sponsor|. The money goes to Uganda anyway.

The Open Publication License applies to the Vim documentation, see
|manual-copyright|.


#9

This must have really disturbed all the analysts that use software like Microsoft Azure, MS SQL Server, MS Power BI, Amazon Redshift, AWS, Adobe Analytics etc when the owner companies of these products were making political statements (as companies) in the past year.


#10