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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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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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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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Can we have math layouting?

Several other communities (in particular Stats and Biology, which are closely related to Biofx.SE) have MathJax support. This would be highly desirable here as well, since pseudocode and equations ...
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Can we have syntax highlighting?

It seems that language syntax highlighting is not working. As I think we will have many answers involving small code fragments. Is it possible to enable this? Few examples: 1, 2. I used ...
Iakov Davydov's user avatar
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Community promotion ads

Shall we start a small advertising campaign? Some Stack Exchange communities vote on “community ads” — banners that link to other resources related to the topic. Highly voted proposals get free ad ...
Konrad Rudolph's user avatar
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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 ...
Konrad Rudolph's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Sam Nicholls's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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Is it okay to write a post Introducing a tool?

I have just developed a new bioinformatic tool and I was simply wondering whether it is okay to write a post introducing the tool?
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Are we supposed to delete comments, once the issue has been resolved?

Sometimes a comment, leads to the answer (or question) update. In such case the comment is not relevant anymore, since it addresses a resolved issue. Are we supposed to delete comments like this? E.g. ...
Iakov Davydov's user avatar
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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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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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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 ...
Scott Gigante's user avatar
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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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General guidelines on creating tag synonyms and naming (personal opinions)

Recently, there have been a few threads on creating tag synonyms. I think most of these are not really synonyms. The following shows my thoughts about what are synonyms and what are not. I will also ...
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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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What do we do with [software-recommendation]?

software-recommendation seems like a highly questionable tag to me, yet it’s collecting questions. On other Stack Exchange sites, most notably Stack Overflow, software recommendations are explicitly ...
Konrad Rudolph's user avatar
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Message from a shy user

How can I make sure I'm not distracting researchers from their work, with a bunch of questions. I feel I could ask a lot, primarily because I have studied very little. I don't think I could ask a lot, ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Bioinformatics's second moderator election has come to a close. Since there were not enough candidates for a competitive election, we simply appointed the candidates who nominated themselves as pro-...
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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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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 ...
Scott Gigante's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Ashton Hellwig's user avatar
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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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Are questions looking for help to find data on topic?

There are some questions1, 2 about finding data suitable for an experiment or validate a method. Are those question on topic? I was going to post a new one but then I thought that it might be too ...
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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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Can we add a [bedops] tag?

I was wondering how tags are added. I'm a new user to this SE site, so I don't have the reputation to add new tags. Can we please add a bedops tag to make it easier ...
Alex Reynolds's user avatar
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PSA: Please don't post images of text

When asking or answering questions, please don't post screenshots of text. This is a very bad idea because: You can't copy/paste the commands into answers, google searches, local files to work on a ...
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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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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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Should pure statistics questions be on topic?

This question was prompted by differential gene expression complex design no replicates. While that question isn't very clear, it seems to be essentially asking for help on applying statistical ...
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2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

UPDATE: The election has now been scheduled. Thanks for all who expressed interest in nominating. The last bioinfo mod elections happened 465 days ago and with the recent power vacuum created by my ...
Kamil S Jaron's user avatar
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Where is the review button?

When I signed up for the site and look up in the part were the review button was suppose to be it wasn't there as indicated by this screen shot here. This seems kind of weird considering the fact ...
Henry WH Hack v3.0's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Daniel Standage's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Iakov Davydov's user avatar
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I am resigning as a moderator

it's been an honour to help the bioinfo.SE to be a clean, constructive and kind space for sharing our expertise in bioinformatics. However, I recently quit my job and taking some time off and I don't ...
Kamil S Jaron's user avatar
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Bioinformatics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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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 be asking OPs to accept answers?

I have been seeing a lot of questions on here with answers, but most don't seem to have accepted answers (the check mark thing next to the answer comment). Based on my (limited) experience with SO, ...
G_Hannigan's user avatar
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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 ...
Daniel Standage's user avatar
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Are questions about installing bioinformatics tools on topic?

Should we allow questions asking for help installing specific tools? Some of the tools that are commonly used in bionformatics are non-trivial to install. They can require other packages, environment ...
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Questions about commercial products where there are official support channels

Though inspired by this question, this tends to come up more often in relation to CLC Workbench. On occasion, people using commercial closed-source packages will post questions about using said tools ...
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