Question: Who Owns Biostar?
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10.1 years ago by
Bio_X2Y3.8k wrote:

StackExchange doesn't list this site on their site directory (, so presumably it's one of the StackExchange 1.0 sites that is owned by a third party rather than Stack Overflow Internet Services?

I'm asking because I'd like to know if it's owned by some person/company who could "turn it off" without notice, or who perhaps owns copyright on the questions and can somehow commercialize them by moving them off to an external site?

I get the impression that the StackExchange 2.0 sites (which are created by the company) might be more stable, since they are owned directly by Stack Overflow.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 9.8 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k • written 10.1 years ago by Bio_X2Y3.8k
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10.1 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k wrote:

I have originally started BioStar but I don't think any given entity/individual actually owns it. It is a bit like asking who owns the Wikipedia.

The new StackExchange platform that is to be released mid next year worries me greatly. In the announcements they are very fuzzy about the way the new sites would be supported. For StackExchange 1.0 there was clear model - monthly subscriptions. For 2.0 they will probably want to run ads. These will likely to be implemented in a way that we'll have little or no say in it.

Therefore currently I am exploring the ways to move away from the commercial platform to an open source version for the codebase as well as content.

ADD COMMENTlink written 10.1 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k

If you can host your own app, try OSQA -

ADD REPLYlink written 10.0 years ago by Hanif Khalak1.2k

Regarding the future of this project: it is worth looking at, which was a SE1.0 site that (as it seems to me) was incorporated AS IS into StackExchange2 platform. Yes, you will lose the control over the site, but you will gain many features this integration will provide

ADD REPLYlink written 9.8 years ago by David D90

For a commercial company if everyone started to block ads on a site then it would not make money and would be shut down. While the general population as a whole will probably never adopt ad blocking I think bioinformaticians are a subset of the population that may be more eager to adopt this. So that is something to consider.

ADD REPLYlink written 9.6 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k

Yes, I know of this software and an option that I am considering is to modify OSQA. Another Django based app server, Pinax also includes most of the functionality that we would need.

ADD REPLYlink written 10.0 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 85k

So what is the main concern about stackexchange2? Is it the ads or the ownership? in my point of view, ads can be blocked by a decent browser plugin. About the ownership I am not very well informed, at least on the wikipedia page ( they say that content is publicly owned.

ADD REPLYlink written 9.6 years ago by Michi970
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10.1 years ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum131k wrote:

See the FAQ and the Biostar Central mailing list.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 13 months ago by RamRS30k • written 10.1 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum131k
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