BioStar will attempt to merge accounts even when using different
OpenID providers. If the system is not able to detect your
existing account please see the account merge
Special commands may be used to generate content in BioStar. These need to be added into the post body and will not
be viewable in the preview. The transformations get applied only after submitting:
\post 1 or a full url
will be replaced by a link to the post using the post title.
\user 1 or a full url
will be replaced by a link using the user's display name.
\gist 1 will embed the gists with id 1 into the post.
\youtube AAA will embed youtube videos AAA into the main post. The YouTube ids can be seen in the URL bar like and have a form like bz93ReOv87Y.
We offer RSS feeds to many different sources of information.
See the Feeds page
Searching by multiple tags
Setting an avatar image
Sign up at Gravatar
and also set your email in BioStar
the email that is registered at Gravatar
This site's focus is bioinformatics, computational genomics and biological data analysis.
Only posts on these topics or those pertaining to Biostar itself are allowed.
The Questions section requires that a post be formulated as a question. All other
type of post, annoucements or discussions should go under the Forum category. Moderators
will reclassify posts that do not belong to the correct category.
Posts may be removed or may be set deleted (invisible) status. Only the author of a post may remove it
withouth a trace. Moreover this action is only available as long as the post does not have other posts attached to it as
answers or comments. In all other cases the post can only be deleted (set to be invisible), and the delete action
is reversible. Please contact the site managers/administrators if you feel strongly that certain content
needs to be removed.
Users posting content that does not belong to the site will be notified and required to edit their content. Users may
post commercially motivated posts to the Forum section as long as the topic aligns with the main focus of this site.
Users posting obvious spam will be immediately suspended.
The FixMe category
Moderators may reclassify incorrectly formulated posts with the FixMe category. These post will not show up in the questions section.
The authors of these posts will periodically receive a notification that they have posts that need further editing.
Once edited the post type needs to be changed back to the original type.
Each user has access to up to 10 votes every six hours. Users
asking questions are encouraged to click accept () to indicate contributions that fully
answer the question. Note that multiple answers
may be accepted on a question, thus the author of a question can reward
excellent answers with both an upvote and an accept. There is no reputation penalty for downvotes.
The number next to a user's name is the sum of upvotes and accepted answers that user has collected.
Hails to three highest ranked users:
On most pages posts are ordered by their rank. This rank is a combination of the creation date (more recent
dates have higher rank) and the number of votes and pageviews that the post has accumulated.
Asking a good question
Request new features
Keeping track of posts
You can bookmark any post
by clicking on the bookmark symbol (). This will add the post to your bookmark tab that is
accesible from your account. Your activity tab on your profile page
will show the responses that took place on the posts that you have
interacted with. New activity will generate the new message icon () in the navigation bar. Note that you can also subscribe to these messages as an RSS feed
The list of tracked blogs can be viewed on the blog list
. Contact us if you wish to be included.
Becoming a moderator
Active users above a certain reputation treshold are periodically promoted to moderators.
You may also explicitly ask for moderation rights or suggest good candidates on the newsgroup. Inactive users that do not visit the site
for extended periods of time may lose their moderation rights.