What’s the Answer? (new Biostars interface)

BioStars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the Biostars_logo community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at BioStars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here in this thread. You can ask questions in this thread, or you can always join in at BioStars.

Ok, it’s not so much a question this week, but a heads-up. There have been some changes over at Biostars that you should be aware of. If you haven’t logged in for a while, it can be interesting.

Here’s the post about the new interface, and some details about the status of some features.

Forum: Biostar 2.0 released, by Istvan Albert

Biostar 2.0 is now live.

This is the result of quite a few months of work and we hope to have added valuable improvements. We may have bugs and display oddities so please bear with us while we identify and fix them.

The overarching theme is that of providing better search and  navigation and improved tracking of existing content.

[lots more details over at the post]

There’s another post about someone who logged in but seemed to have a different account, causing some confusion, so just be aware of that aspect. But if you have trouble you can see the release post for how to get help.

When I first logged in to the new setup I was greeted with many cheery badges having been awarded, and new notifications that weren’t really new notifications. But they made me smile, anyway! Biostar_appreciated

I feel appreciated.

Anyway, check out the new look: Biostars.

If you are new to Biostar, and not a regular reader, there’s more background on the philosophy of the site in this paper:

Parnell L.D., Lindenbaum P., Shameer K., Dall’Olio G.M., Swan D.C., Jensen L.J., Cockell S.J., Pedersen B.S., Mangan M.E. & Miller C.A. & (2011). BioStar: An Online Question & Answer Resource for the Bioinformatics Community, PLoS Computational Biology, 7 (10) e1002216. DOI: