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Broad Institute and support for OpenWDL on Bioinformatics SE

I spotted a chat from @Geraldine_VdAuwe, almost certainly Geraldine A. Van der Auwera from the Broad Institute and one of the authors of Genomics in the Cloud by O'...
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Is 'low effort post' a valid close reason?

I noticed a post today with a close vote, with the reason being something along the lines of: This is a very low effort post which could be solved with the first google hit I'm not doubting that's ...
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How much mod cleaning is too much mod cleaning?

I bringing this up, because I think that is something we should discuss before it becomes too much of a problem. There are members of community that feel there is too much moderation. The trigger for ...
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Review queue: first question and first answer silver awards

I have a distinct hunch that the 'silver badge award' statistics for first question and first answer sections of the review queue have been 'zeroed', possibily following the upgrade from ...
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Can questions in pharmacometrics fit in the Bioinformatics stackexchange?

Pharmacometrics is an interdiciplinary field which in short tries to answer questions about drugs and drug development (specifically pharmacokinetics nd pharmacodynamics given trial data) using ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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When was the site elevated from Beta status?

When was the big date Bioinformatics SE was no longer a beta site? I would have thought there would have been fireworks and celebrations, or at least an announcement on this forum. Its certainly ...
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Deleting comments before the question is answered

I received an email stating I have unread items in SE inbox. When I clicked on the link, the comments had already been deleted. I remember having a discussion with the OP in the comment section not ...
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Would someone be able to migrate my question?

I don't have the requisite 250 rep required to migrate a question to https://biology.stackexchange.com/. Would a mod be able to do that?
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Moderators: Please do not close questions just because they are old

I just had an old question of mine closed by a moderator with the following comment: I’m voting to close this question because it was asked a long time ago, and it is likely that an answer is no ...
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About posting queries in stack bioinformatics

If I have posted a question in Biostars and have not obtained answers, can I use the same query for finding answers in Stack bioinformatics?
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Adding additional question guidance

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 ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Bioinformatics Stack Exchange's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Bioinformatics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 12 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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2021 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check [duplicate]

It's time for us all to consider holding an election for a new volunteer moderators on Bioinformatics. Three moderators were appointed when this site was created back in 2017. Since then most of them ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Vote to undelete question ... and rationale

I triggerd a vote to undelete a question entitled I have used TER to break the long bonds of a chain in my PDB The question is here, deleted by the OP after it was answered by a member of the site ...
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Duplicate OPs and OP deletion of response postings

There was a recent issue on Bioinfo SE here on a question about compiling gromacs for CPU or GPU (below). It appears a question was deleted together with @MatteoFerla's response and one question ...
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UniProt survey: Tell us what protein information is important to you

Please consider filling in this survey, on behalf of UniProt: As biological data is growing at an exponential rate, we also have to prioritise the protein information we present. In order to help us ...
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Should something be done about frozen "main" chatroom?

I have noticed that the "main" chatroom for this site has been frozen. By the main chatroom I mean the room which was created when the site was created with the description "General ...
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Why does @gringer have a wiki tag?

Whilst editing the sites wiki tags I noted that @gringer was listed, alongside including formal technical nomenclature such as population genetics, allele frequencies, haplotype networks, synonymous ...
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I'm a bioinfo software developer, and I would like to use bioinformatics SE as the main platform for Q&A

I'm an author of bioinformatic software and I would like to use this stackexchange as the main platform for questions and answers (indicate this in the README). The software is recent and there is no ...
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Importance of protecting questions

A new member has responded to a "SARS-CoV-2 synthetic origin" questions here and here with a "human origin" opinion expressed in a verbose, aggressive and non-technical manner. I have now protected ...
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Adverts on Bioinfo SE

There is currently, essentially an advert on Bioinfo SE in another disguise here. Is there any fast-track system for removing it without the standard "close vote" system? The "close vote" system ...
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Should we allow questions about the coronavirus?

As the flood of information, from around the world, comes in concerning the pandemic; should we create a coronavirus-bioinformatics tag and try to apply the principals of bioinformatics to it? This ...
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Bioinformatics, biostatistics and computational biology

I am wondering how others define the boundaries between bioinformatics, biostatistics, and computational biology. In academic setting these three are treated as more or less equivalent terms or as ...
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"Synthetic" instead of "man-made"?

A question on Bioinformatics SE is about the possibility of coronavirus having been engineered in the lab and the question title includes the phrase "man-made", which, in my opinion, is an example of ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is asking about publishing in bioinformatics on topic?

I have a question about how to present bioinformatics methods for publishing in a paper. I tried asking it on Academia, but it was off topic there. Would it fit here? More generally, would questions ...
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How to encourage/create effective tagging protocol

I have seen a few questions where people want to do something like convert a file, or they ask a question about a specific programming tool. Then they don't tag the post with the programming language ...
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Microbiome analysis tags needed!

We analyze the human microbiome using 16s sequencing. I couldn't find a single relevant tag for my question! Tags Needed General 16s microbiome microbial taxonomic-assignment 16s-sequencing dada2 ...
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Synonymise [alignment] and [sequence-alignment]

While asking a question here, I noticed that alignment and sequence-alignment both exist. They appear to be synonymous; indeed, the alignment description reads, in its entirety: These questions are ...
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Propose new tags for the COMBNE community

I asked a question yesterday regarding the posting of questions related to COMBINE standards and got a positive answer. However in order for a reader to filter questions related to specific COMBINE ...
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Proposing new tag for the Bioinformatics channel

I am a synthetic biologist working heavily on the modeling of genetic circuits and the development of software for bioinformatics. Many researchers and software developers within bioinformatics rely ...
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Would this be a suitable community to post Q&As related to the COMBINE community?

I'd like to inquire about using the bioinformatics exchange to post COMBINE related questions. COMBINE, as describe in Wikipedia is: "COMBINE, the COmputational Modeling in BIology NEtwork, is an ...
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Would this be a good community for SBOL Q&A?

The Synthetic Biology Open Language is an open representational standard for encoding biological designs. As this community has been growing, it has been trying to figure out a better way than FAQs to ...
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When can we get out of the Public Beta?

We have been in the beta for more than 700+ days. What is the procedure and requirements to get out of the Beta stage?
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It's a bad idea to delete answers that include criticism towards the question

I recently answered a question which was promptly deleted by a mod, I realized now. I know I am new in this site, but I have been a long time user of SE sites and I think this decision is flawed. Here'...
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Proposal: remove [filtering] tag, replace with [quality-control] when appropriate

As of 2019-01-28, there are 16 posts tagged with [filtering]. This is an ambiguous and, at least in some cases, unhelpful term. Some of these posts are about ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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RStudio tag addition

I found myself asking an RStudio specific question. The question is more about how a function works within the infrastructure of the software as opposed to general use of R or of the package (Seurat). ...
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rtag suggestion

I feel like we should sort out tags related to graphics. Right now there tags visualization, plotting, figure-explanation + tool/package specific like ggplot2. I identify three distinct problems ...
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Improving the site after 1 Year!

In 10 days we will be celebrating 1 year since the launch of the site! I think it is a good time to discuss and review how to improve the site, talk about things that are working well and things that ...
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Should we relax the requirement for disclosing affiliation on the site?

There is a general rule on the Stack Exchange network that states that if you post an answer suggesting something you are involved with (e.g. a tool you wrote or a blog post you authored or whatever), ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for method papers on specific topics?

Is it appropriate to ask questions here that fall into the literature survey realm? Some of the bioinformatics citation trails are a rats nest and it can be difficult to find appropriate methods ...
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Divide tags by technology and target application?

Reviewing an edit I realized we have some duplicated tags or at least somehow redundant. We have scrnaseq, rna-seq and single-cell. Some numbers: scrnaseq: 25 questions scrnaseq & rna-seq: ...
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Would questions on whole cell modeling get answers at this site?

I am self-learning about whole cell modeling, specifically An introduction to whole-cell modeling and Fundamentals of Systems Biology: From Synthetic Circuits to Whole-cell Models. While my background ...
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Migrating bioinformatics questions from the Bioinformatics SE chat

There's a little bit of frustration in chat with regards to people asking questions that would be better asked in the main site. See here, for example. Some people can be encouraged to re-ask the ...
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Are questions about the start point for a future career in bio-informatics on topic?

I am a math undergrad student and I'm highly interested in applications of mathematics to biology, medicine and health issues. However, my knowledge about bioinformatics is very limited. I did take a ...
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