Two recent posts made it clear that we don't have ways to directly collect feedback and suggestions regarding Biostars.
As it turns out there are quite a few suggestions that make a lot of sense and are really easy to add but were just simply forgotten among the many tasks that a site of this complexity requires.
This thread is intended to address this major oversight and it is meant to be a way for users to suggest ideas, features that they think would make the site better. If it is simple feature we will try to implement it immediately: for example just yesterday, based on a suggestion that multiple people agreed with, we increased the number of points awarded for up-votes. Similarly today we increased the number of posts per page.
For features that are more complicated we can promise to add them to the planned features. A few such features that are currently in final testing phase are the
- mobile interface (see source code for responsive branch)
- intelligent tagging of questions (called the tags branch)
If you are more comfortable with sending an email direct it to
If you see bugs or want to open a more "official" issue that is easier to track please use the Biostar Issue Tracker
Changes as of v1.2.10 on Dec 5, 2012: the first stage of "taming the tags" - we have merged tags with different capitalization, removed tags with fewer than three posts, this has radically reduced the number of tags. Next step will be to merge tags within an edit distance of one. Also added more information on the post info line - the name of the last user that added an answer or modified the post is now also visible.
FYI bug report: If I answer a Question, it is showing as "last edit by Rm" on the Question; which I did not. (How To Choose The K Value Of Kmer In Soapdenovo?)
A new version of Biostar has been released 1.2.11. We went through this thread and added a good number of requested features. Notable changes: tag completion, improved search result interface, post highlighting based on mytags settings, simplifying the main interface, made the site better suited to phone/ipad navigations and many others.
This is the first of many improvements - if your feature did not make it in this time it is still in the pipeline.
Following @Rm's idea, I would like to nominate this as the first "post of the month". It probably deserves more visibility as the number of views is still quite small compared to the number of users.