Question: Popular Sites For Asking Bioinformatics Questions?
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gravatar for Bio_X2Y
8.5 years ago by
Bio_X2Y3.6k
Ireland
Bio_X2Y3.6k wrote:

I was hoping to gather a list of useful sites for asking bioinformatics questions. I've just come across BioStar recently, and I like the fact that almost all questions are answered. Up to now, I've been using two sites:

  • http://www.seqanswers.com is an excellent site for general sequencing questions and answers. It is a discussion forum rather than a Q&A, so I find that a significant number of questions go completely unanswered. They've recently added a Q&A component (http://i.seqanswers.com), but it doesn't appear to be catching on.

  • http://groups.google.com/group/spctools-discuss is a mailing list for discussing the Seattle Proteome Center's tools (e.g. TPP), but can be used for general proteomics queries.

Some answers summarised:

  • http://stats.stackexchange.com is a Q&A for statistical analysis (thanks Pierre)

  • The BioConductor mailing list is a good place to go with R BioConductor questions, and also for general help with statistics/experimental design (thanks Daniel Swan)

  • http://stackoverflow.com can be used for general programming questions which come up in bioinformatics. Ofter a very fast turnaround (thanks Daniel Standage)

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.9 years ago by Samuel Lampa1.2k • written 8.5 years ago by Bio_X2Y3.6k

seqanswers also has a stackexchange-style Q&A site at http://i.seqanswers.com/

ADD REPLYlink written 8.5 years ago by Jonathan Manning620
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Apparently not any longer.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.2 years ago by Faheemmitha210
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8.5 years ago by
Rm7.8k
Danville, PA
Rm7.8k wrote:

Why not Biostar? http://biostar.stackexchange.com

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.5 years ago by Rm7.8k
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8.5 years ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum118k wrote:

StackOverflow , as well as some other StackExchange sites, are also some nice places

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/bioinformatics

http://stats.stackexchange.com

etc...

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.5 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum118k
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Indeed. Recently, a lot of the bioinformatics problems I have been working on are essentially string search/manipulation problems. When I post questions about that on StackOverflow, I rarely have to wait longer than 5 minutes for several helpful answers.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.5 years ago by Daniel Standage3.8k
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8.5 years ago by
Mary11k
Boston MA area
Mary11k wrote:

I think a lot of good places to read and discuss were covered in the "favorite blogs" post. Check that out for some additional places.

http://biostar.stackexchange.com/questions/112/your-favorite-bioinformatics-blog

ADD COMMENTlink modified 8.5 years ago • written 8.5 years ago by Mary11k
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8.5 years ago by
Daniel Swan13k
Aberdeen, UK
Daniel Swan13k wrote:

I will reiterate that the BioConductor mailing list is an awesome resource for that particular bioinformatics niche, and not above providing general statistical or experimental design help as well as just support of the myriad number of packages.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.5 years ago by Daniel Swan13k

Yeah, I was thinking about the dozen other smaller group lists I'm on. But they are often very tool-specific, or such low volume, that it's hard to know if they'd be of use to someone in a general sense.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.5 years ago by Mary11k

Yes, I was reluctant to post that myself, but thought that it's as appropriate for array/NGS stuff as SeqAnswers is, which is mentioned in the OP.

ADD REPLYlink written 8.5 years ago by Daniel Swan13k
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8.5 years ago by
London, UK
Giovanni M Dall'Olio26k wrote:

There are a few groups on LinkedIn where you can ask questions, especially about bioinformatics and careers.

I like 'Bioinformatics Geeks', but if you search in the LinkedIn Group Directory there are many more.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.5 years ago by Giovanni M Dall'Olio26k
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7.9 years ago by
Larry_Parnell16k
Boston, MA USA
Larry_Parnell16k wrote:

This is a fine question, but only half the story: Where would you not go for help? Are they unresponsive? Is it too small a user group/help team? Etc, etc.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.9 years ago by Larry_Parnell16k

Larry opened a separate question for this, which is here: http://biostar.stackexchange.com/questions/8130/what-are-not-the-popular-sites-for-asking-bioinformatics-questions

ADD REPLYlink written 7.9 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k
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7.9 years ago by
Chris Evelo9.9k
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Chris Evelo9.9k wrote:

[?]WikiPathways[?] (and [?]PathVisio[?] and [?]BridgeDb[?]) use a mailing list to answer questions. For details go [?]here[?]. The list is actively used by the developing and curation team and active users.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.9 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k
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4.9 years ago by
Samuel Lampa1.2k
Stockholm
Samuel Lampa1.2k wrote:

There is a Swedish initiative, biosupport.se , that is staffed by hired personnel who will answer questions for Swedish researchers, but the site is open for everybody. The idea was to use the stack exchange kind of website as an archive, so as to avoid repeating the same answers again and again. Quite naturally, the questions will be a bit focused on the computing environment in Swedish academia (such as the UPPMAX HPC center, which most folks in Next Generation Sequencing is using).

ADD COMMENTlink written 4.9 years ago by Samuel Lampa1.2k
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