Tutorial: Welcome to Galaxy Biostar
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2.9 years ago by
United States
Jennifer Hillman Jackson21k wrote:

Dear Galaxy Community,

Galaxy has teamed up with Biostar to create a Galaxy User support forum at https://biostar.usegalaxy.org!

We want to create a space where researchers using Galaxy can come together and share both scientific advice and practical tool help.  Whether on usegalaxy.org, a Cloudman instance, or any other Galaxy (public or local), if you have something to say about Using Galaxy, this is the place to do it!

Current integration with usegalaxy.org

  • We imported the whole history of galaxy-user@bx.psu.edu mailing list into Galaxy Biostar. Your prior posts are automatically claimed when you login! 

  • If you access Galaxy Biostar from http://usegalaxy.org (Menu: Help -> Galaxy Biostar) you will be automatically logged in. A Galaxy Biostar account will be created for you if it did not previously exist. To obtain this account’s password please use the password reset feature of Galaxy Biostar (biostar.usegalaxy.org/accounts/password/reset/).
  • When you have a question, search Biostar directly from any Galaxy tool page.

Read more about how to get started at wiki.galaxyproject.org/Support/Biostar

Roll-out phase

  • Galaxy Biostar is available at biostar.usegalaxy.org (you're here!) and will be our primary avenue for support

  • The galaxy-user@bx.psu.edu mailing list will continue to be supported during the transition but starting now please use the biostar.usegalaxy.org forum to ask all questions about using Galaxy.

  • Pleaes do not double post to both Galaxy Biostar and galaxy-user@bx.psu.edu

  • Send us feedback in this Biostar post to tell us what you think. We care!

What’s next

  • Notice will be given when the galaxy-user@bx.psu.edu mailing list is retired.

  • Archives of galaxy-user@bx.psu.edu will remain accessible.

We hope you will like the change and look forward to any feedback you may have.

Thank you for using Galaxy!

Galaxy Team


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.2 years ago by Martin Čech ♦♦ 3.7k • written 2.9 years ago by Jennifer Hillman Jackson21k
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2.9 years ago by
Mary Mangan40
United States
Mary Mangan40 wrote:

That's really terrific. I've been on a lot of mailings lists over the years and they've been really useful (for the most part). But for this kind of support the post/forum/discussion thing is really a good plan.

Can I unsubscribe from the existing mailing list now without consequence? I understand you'll retire that eventually, but I don't need to get mail in the meantime. I just want to be sure it doesn't have some strange side effect of wiping me off this system.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.9 years ago by Mary Mangan40

Good question. Yes you can unsubsribe if you wish so and it won't affect your account here.

Thank you for the support!

ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by Martin Čech ♦♦ 3.7k

Mary, agreed, a timely question. I added to 'Forum: Getting Started With Galaxy BioStar'. Getting Started with Galaxy Biostar. Thanks!

ADD REPLYlink modified 2.9 years ago • written 2.9 years ago by Jennifer Hillman Jackson21k
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2.9 years ago by
Ido M. Tamir280
Ido M. Tamir280 wrote:

Would it be possible to mark all questions until now with some answer as accepted?

Galaxy Community is resurrecting year old posts, and even newer ones were I think all answered but of course never accepted.


ADD COMMENTlink written 2.9 years ago by Ido M. Tamir280

It is possible to have an auto-accept applied retroactively and probably the vast majority would be correct. The problem is really the remaining 10-15% where the answer may not be correct or a solution was not reached yet the algorithm would still add that mark.

I think that would greatly diminish the value of the accept. 

ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by Istvan Albert260

But until they are closed you will constantly have year old posts at the top of the questions. This is also not useful. Maybe mark them with a new flag tentatively or just make the "Galaxy Community" user only put posts on the list that were generated after today.


ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by Ido M. Tamir280

I see, let me describe what is going on there.

There is a so called "bump" feature that people  on Biostars have requested. It is to remind them of older posts and freshen the view during slower days. The bumping takes place every six hours. It has a 50% chance to choose either one random question from the entire corpus or one unanswered random question from the past 10 weeks.

This latter  does not take into account the accepted state, just wether the post has an answer or not. I general only people familiar with Q&A concepts do accept answers, it is not the most obvious interaction especially for newcomers.

We can turn off the bumping altogether, alter how it works or what it does. The concept was migrated over from Biostars but may not be appropriate here.

ADD REPLYlink modified 2.9 years ago • written 2.9 years ago by Istvan Albert260

What about adjusting the feature so it will 'bump' only the posts created after the Galaxy Biostar announcement? A lot of stuff from the import is not really Q&A but more like part of a thread or obsolete announcement and this could help it.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by Martin Čech ♦♦ 3.7k

Let me turn if off then for now, since there would be very few posts to choose from. Then we'll turn it on back later, where I'll add the selection feature as well.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.9 years ago by Istvan Albert260
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