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Stack Overflow is unhappy about its [cytoscape] tag - what would THIS community like them to do?

Hail from Stack Overflow! Over on Meta Stack Overflow, the community has recently noticed and become grumpy about the questions in Stack Overflow's [cytoscape] tag. Many of them are purely about how ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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How to write Links in Comments

What's the syntax when trying to embed links in comments? For instance here I tried and failed. What I tried: [url = "www.internet.com"]words here[/url] [url = www.internet.com]words here[/...
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Should the help page "What topics can I ask about here?" be edited from the default?

Every site in the Stack Exchange network has an article entitled What topics can I ask about here?. This article helps new visitors to the site understand site norms and whether their potential ...
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Notification of Mod action on SE

Stackexchange (SE) is currently subject to 'Mod action' over its policy towards ChatGPT content. SE's initial policy is effectively to ignore ChatGPT (advanced AI) generated content if it was posted ...
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Answer in comment was deleted - what is the protocol on this site?

I seen a question whilst I was browsing (KeyError '/n' in Bio SeqUtils Package ProtParam Script) and guessed the likely issue and thus added a comment advising the user to use ...
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Consensus on when markdown code formatting should be used

I've noticed that there is some missuse of markdown code formatting here. Before I go around editing it out, it would be good to come to a consensus on when it is ...
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2022: 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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what happened to the biopython tag?

What happened to the [biopython] tag? Bioinformatics stack exchange says 0 related question to it? Is it normal? I saved a biopython tag in one of my question filters so it was working once.
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Biological/bioinformatic context to a question

The mods had a discussion about whether a coding question was valid without any stated relevance to bioinformatics, a typical question is "here's a bit of text how do I parse it?". The issue ...
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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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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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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 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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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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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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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2022

Summary: Bioinformatics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on September 19th, 2022, as your “graduation” election! The timeline: On September 12, 2022, I'll post a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Citing BioSE as algorithm support

I am seeking permission to cite https://bioinformatics.stackexchange.com as support for a new algorithm to identify specific mutations across large sequence databases. There isn't an equivalent ...
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Request to delete answer on WDL question

Could the mods kindly look at the 'answer' to: Pulling Multiple Files via rsync with WDL Its been there 17 hours. The username is also an issue. I've no links to WDL, but the post is intentional ...
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Anonymous public criticism of anonymous peer review

There's a current post which discusses and criticises a manuscript the OP received, which would almost certainly be part of the anonymous peer review process: Is DEGSeq software appropriate for gene ...
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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

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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 (cross-posting)

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

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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