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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[alignment], [sequence-alignment], [read-alignment] and [msa] tags

Let's decide here on the status for different tags related to alignment. There are two groups of questions. One is related to pairwise and multiple sequence alignments and algorithms. This field is ...
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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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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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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Closing because a question is cross posted?

A question has been closed as off-topic, and the moderator who closed said in a comment: This is already receiving sufficient attention on biostars. Giving it further attention here would be a waste ...
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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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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,...