I've noticed that the best Bioinformatics SE questions are where people ask about a specific problem they're having with their own data (or programs they're using). How would people feel about putting additional guidance in the "Ask Question" page, e.g. by adding guidance / tips to a right-hand sidebar?
Hi, welcome to Bioinformatics StackExchange. Our community works best at answering specific questions about bioinformatics problems. Here are some tips to help get the best answers:
- Be specific about your problem; preferably ask a single question
- Add context - why are you trying to do this?
- Add detail; the more the better, as long as it's relevant
- If there are input files, show the first few lines
- If there are output files, show the first few lines
- If there's an error, show the entire error message
- If you're asking about issues with a program, version numbers can help
- Share your problem-solving research:
- what did you try to overcome your problem?
- why it did not work for you?
Thanks for asking. We hope you have a great time here!
Update: here is an example of a general question that lacks context and is not tied to a specific problem. Is it appropriate to ask these types of questions? Is it useful to the community to ask and/or answer questions like this?