I have seen several posts now that contain screen shots of console output or data in text. Is it a new trend? Whatever, it's not a good thing to do in general, so please don't.
- Costs a lot of bandwidth
- Cannot be copy-pasted into google (which might resolve it in 99%of cases) or for use in testing
- uses crappy image hosters (adds, data disappears after a while renders the post imcomplete)
- hard to see what is relevant in a large window or full desktop
- reveals information you didn't intend to share
- low accessibility / (screen reader, contrast)
> Copy paste your error message and format it as code (101010 button) or ``
post the output of
Or post longer code, output, or data as a gist (e.g.: http://gist.github.com). Even then you should try to embed the most relevant portion in the post by just adding the link to it:
One should not need much more space, if one focusses on the relevant portion of the data. Complete datasets need to be uploaded to some cloud storage service anyway, if people like to share those at all.
Posting FASTA files
copy pasting fasta content will immediately render like this, because the
> is markup for 'cite':
mygeneid ACGT ACGT
Mark your Fasta content as code when embedding it:
>mygeneid ACGT ACGT
Gists -edit- could once be easily embedded into Biostars: like so ....
But this has changed, just in case you find the old post New Feature: Using Shortcuts To Embed Content Such As Gist Or To Display Biostar Specific Links