In this post, we will look at:
- Post types
- Closing/Deleting your own post/comment
- Subscribing to/unsubscribing from a post
- Getting a link to an existing post/comment
- Bookmarking a post
There are different types of posts you can create on Biostars. The most common type is a
Question. A Question usually involves the post creator facing a challenge and seeking a solution to this challenge. A Question has a few logical "correct" answers - meaning, there must ideally be a solution that solves this challenge. Open discussions, for example, may not have correct answers.
Open discussions belong to the
Forum type of post. In this, we pitch an idea or ask for the community's opinion on a topic. These are my favorite kind of posts :)
If you come across an interesting article or a piece of news that you think would interest the community, you can create a
News post. A News post should ideally be of interest to a lot of people.
If you would like to express your personal opinions and log your thoughts so others can learn from it and express their opinions on it, use the
Blog type. These are the most personal of all post types.
If you have discovered or designed a new tool, share it with a
Tool post. Remember, if you're looking for a tool or for help with a tool, you have a Question, not a Tool - it's commonly confused, but please be informed of the difference.
If you are looking to hire a bioinformatics person, advertise the position with a
Job Ad type of post. These posts should describe the position, not just link to an external link without a description. They should have contact details, and should be closed once the position is filled (More on how to close a post later)
If you're writing a how-to manual, like I am right now, you are writing a
Tutorial post. Once this post has taken shape, I will probably make it a Tutorial.
I will write about the
Page type once I figure out what it is :)
Linkouts to similar posts:
The initial state of the
Post Type drop down when a new post is created:
The actual drop-down list:
Actually, and amusingly, the Page was supposed to be for posts like this one. Posts that contain help, instructions, FAQ, etc It was for information that should not be "answered" nor discussed in long threads. Only comments were to be allowed on pages.
It was never fully implemented, but that reminds me that maybe it should or not ... who knows.
I hope I am not making these too over-the-top. I searched for how-to posts on Biostar Search, but found no posts, that's why I started creating this.