7.3 years ago by
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Several replies so far and not one of "why did you write your program in XXX, when YYY would have been better" :->
I jest. I think the smartest questions are based on an actual desire for knowledge as opposed to ones that attempt to boost the ego of the questioner and/or attempt to demean the speaker. Perhaps another question to pose to biostar is "what is the best ego popping reply that you've heard from a speaker".
I digress, some generic questions I ask are whether the is code is free & open source, and if so, where I can get it. If I think the presenter is well versed enough, I'll ask how it compares to other programs in the field. If I want to help I'll ask the more awkward questions privately after the talk.