I was searching for a tag earlier to add to my question here:

What happens if a major bug is discovered in a bioinformatic package that has been used in published literature?

I wasn't really able to find anything appropriate, the closest that was suggested was software-quality. It seems to me that this stack exchange is very much implementation driven - i.e. it's more closely related to programming / software specifically.

The most common questions seem to be of the general format "How do I do X", "What's the most efficient way to do Y" etc, with the most popular tags being (predictably): R, rna-seq and python

I'd be hesistant to suggest the tag "meta" given it's implication on stackexchange generally, but I'm not sure what else / if anything would be appropriate.


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Maybe just .

Having said that, this site is really not intended for open-ended questions where there's going to be debate back and forth. The whole stackexchange network is really intended to be Q&A only. As your question regarding bugs shows, sometimes more open-ended questions can be shoe-horned into quite nicely fitting the site's structure. Other times I foresee them just getting closed, which, while understandable, is nonetheless often unfortunate.

  • $\begingroup$ You're probably right. I do think even though it's not intended to be for open ended discussion, often questions will provoke such a thing and it will be fleshed out over answers and responses. Perhaps I just need to think more carefully about how to word a question specifically to provoke a discussion I'm interested in. $\endgroup$
    – Nic Barker
    Nov 16, 2017 at 23:57

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