Tutorial:How to Use Biostars, Part-I: Questions, Answers, Comments and Replies
How to add a question
This is how you add a question:
Search first - Make sure the question on your mind hasn't been answered already. Search on biostars AND on google.
Click on the "New Post" on the top right of the website. See red highlight in image below
Type in the question. Then, add a relevant title. And then, add pertinent tags. Use the following links to understand how best to ask a question:
Eric Normandeau's post
ACGT blog post
Ten Simple Rules for Getting Help from Online Scientific Communities Proof-read everything
Click on the blue "Submit" button (see image)
You just did :)
A good question IMO should be clear, to the point and have as much relevant background information as possible.
How to edit a post that you created
Looks like I have a typo in my question. How do I change the content of my post after I've already submitted it?
Click on the edit button
in the post/comment to get this window
Make necessary changes
Click on the blue Submit button
Note: You can also change the question title using this procedure.
How to reply to a comment using a Comment-Reply
I would like to respond to Damian's comment. Here's how I would do that:
Click on the relevant "Add Reply" button (highlighted in the image)
Add content (My content will be: "Maybe we can create a separate post for moderators?")
Click on the green "Add Comment" button (highlighted in the image)
How to accept an answer
I find this answer helpful. It addresses the question and answers it. I will accept it as an answer to my question. How do I do that?
Click on the pale green check mark (highlighted in the image
) You're done :)
Remember, you can accept multiple answers, as long as they provide valid solution to your top level problem. Accepting an answer is your single most important contribution to the community, as it helps others that face the same problem you did.
How to Add a Comment
I would like to clarify a point. To do that, I can add a comment:
Click on the gray Add Comment button:
Add your comment, proof read it.
Click on the green "Add Comment" button.
Actual clarification: I'm dealing more with the how-to than with the etiquette here :) This post is a WIP, that's why it's incomplete.
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