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Make tags [read-mapping] and [alignment] synonyms

As far as I can tell, there is no noticeable difference between the tags read-mapping and alignment. Three of the fifteen questions under these two tags use both tags, and the rest seem too similar to ...
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How do we feel about questions that are essentially about text parsing?

A lot of the daily tasks of a bioinformatician can be boiled down to simple text parsing. Yes, we will be dealing with text files containing some form of biological data, but the answer might not ...
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Tag [file-formats] or [data-formats] to replace [formats] tag

As of now, 5 questions have been tagged with formats and since bioinformatics in practice is 80%+ file format conversion, we can expect many more such questions! I ...
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Replace sam and bam tags with a single sam-or-bam tag

The discussion in the recent suggestion to make sam and bam synonyms seems inconclusive with users falling on either side of the argument. I propose we instead remove both tags and create sam-or-bam,...
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Please stop cross posting behavior

Please stop cross posting behavior from biostars.org, where new questions are immediately transferred to this site. If you think you need this to boost your question count over the required threshold, ...
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Make tags [sam] and [bam] synonyms

SAM and BAM are effectively plain-text and binary representations of the same alignment format. I'd argue these terms should be synonyms. UPDATE: It doesn't look like we've reached a consensus, but I ...
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Make tags [mapping] and [read mapping] synonyms

The topic of read mapping is a sufficiently distinct subset of the more general class of sequence alignment topics to warrant a dedicated tag. However, we should collapse ...
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Essential questions about our site [closed]

Looking for help I found this post about the beta sites essential questions that need to be answered. Now, that we will go to public beta soon, we could decide when to answer them: Are questions ...
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Serving as a “support forum” for specific tools

One of the nice features of biostars is that the site is open to people using it as a forum for supporting their own tools (i.e., as a replacement for a tool-specific email list). The tool authors ...
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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site? [duplicate]

Ideally, Moderators♦ are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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Why is not BIoinformatics.SE part of Biology.SE?

I found this post on Biology.SE meta and it rises a fair point. Why we have to separate in different SE site? Why bioinformatics is not a part of biology? Is there any actual advantage of being split? ...
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Are stories useful for bioinformatics questions?

I've just had a look at the fastest FASTA/FASTQ question, and felt that it was a bit lacking in substance. It was an answerable, specific question, and all the answers seem to concentrate on a single ...
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Please refrain from closing proper but imperfect questions so quickly

I have been thinking about this for a while. This recently on-hold question really touches my nerve. The question is put on hold due to being too "broad". I will use it as an example to explain my ...
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Computational biology but not gene sequences?

I see that this site is focused on sequencing and genomics. I'm wondering if other fields that combine computations and biology are on-topic. Such as: molecular dynamics simulations, analyzing 3d ...
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Is there a large enough community to sustain this site?

Update: This site has passed the final evaluation! Barring any technical delays, Bioinformatics SE should go public sometime this week. Great work everyone! (original post) Spread the word. In less ...
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Is it okay to ask questions regarding being a bioinformatician?

I was wondering if the Bioinformatics SE is a good place to post questions relating to the process of research in bioinformatics. Example: What is the proper way to format a PK/PD model for a ...
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Standard language for comments asking for an improved question?

One of the first things I needed to learn when coming to SO for the first time was how to ask a good question. I suspect I'm not alone in this. I was fortunate to have responses to my first (poorly ...
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Should we allow questions about biology?

How do we feel about questions about biological principles that can be confusing to a bioinformatician with no background in biology? While purely biological questions should, I think, be off topic ...
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Should the first go an answer or comments?

I personally believe that community should offer the answer for the question before any other (even relevant) comment. I opening this thread, because one of the most upvoted answers is starting with ...
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How much this site is/ going to be on-topic to bio student lacking a proper IT and stat base?

I felt like if anyone have to learn bioinformatics in the 'proper' way, conceptually; then a base of statistics, data-modelling and computer-programing is a prerequisite. But biology students of most ...
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How do we avoid (welcome?) link-only answers?

For example, below post has 2 answers that are almost link-only-answers ^1 . Improve a reference genome with sequencing data ^2 Maybe it is OK? Or would questions asking for a tool should simply be ...
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Q&A-Style Answering Own Question

Since the site is in beta, and the idea is to develop a core of high-quality questions: should we be posting what we think are good questions which we ourselves know the answers to? For example, I ...
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Migrating bioinformatics questions from other SE sites

There are a host of Bioinformatics questions on StackOverflow, CrossValidated, and probably other SE sites as well. Many of these questions would now be better placed here than on the site they were ...
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What to do with answers inspired by BioStars?

Out of curiosity I followed the first of Pierre's BioStars links from the comments on the FASTA lengths question, and noticed that our currently accepted answer bears a strong resemblance to this ...
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Testing the boundaries of good questions?

In general, if you are unsure whether a question is the sort of thing we are going to want to see here, is it better to ask it on the main site and see if it gets closed, or enquire on meta first if ...
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Let’s standardise some tags

Let’s standardise some tags. For instance, there are already two competing conventions at work: rna-seq scrnaseq Either both should use a dash, or none should. I propose the slightly more readable ...
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Interacting with other Q&A communities

When the proposal of Bioinformatics started there was a discussion in Biostars about the this site (and SE in general compared to Biostars). Some of the points raised are: Unfriendly community, ...
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What sort of questions are appropriate for Bioinformatics SE?

I have spent a lot of time on StackOverflow and am pretty familiar with the types of questions that are and are not allowed on the site. I am a little unsure as to how well the strict question rules ...

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