People often ask why Biostar is not using StackExchange or OSQA or some other software. The simple answer to these questions is that those platforms are simpler and more limiting than what scientific communities require to grow and flourish.
Thanks to the folks at Neurostars we now have a successful Google Summer of Code applicant Paolo who will start this Month (May 2014). Paolo is looking for ideas see New features and bug fixes for Biostar to work on during Google Summer of Code.
Now is a great time to list your ideas on what you think would help scientific Q&As be effective. Think big not just small or cosmetic features. For example some of my interests would be:
- support for natural language processing: rank posts by their information content, auto tag posts based on their content
- improve the automated access to Biostar content (API)
This has been posted before in New features and bug fixes for Biostar to work on during Google Summer of Code this post tries to make the call to action more clear.