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Thank you for your responses. One of my biggest hesitations before posting this idea centered on the difference in classification systems between a new science/informatics area and the rest of PM. It was, in fact, one of my first arguments against myself before I posted: PM currently categorizes posts based on "type" (e.g., PM discussion, obfuscation, examples of code, etc), whereas an informatics area would involve categorizing by "content" (please excuse the weak verbage - I am not sure how else to describe it). In a sense, an informatics area would be a specialized cross-section of all existing areas in the Monastery.

Therefore, I agree that creating a new area based on topic (whether it is for science, CGI/web, networking, etc) runs a bit counter to the current configuration of PM. My intention was not to try to reformat the Monastery, only to make an effort to concentrate subject-specific posts (and expertise) into a single area. After meditating on this a while, I think the suggestion by davido and ysth to add a bioperl (or similar) section to Categorized Q&A might represent the best solution. It would successfully maintain the feel of PM, while still providing an area for posts relating specifically to biology and bio-related tasks. Similarly, I would also support ysth's suggestion to add a section for module reviews.

Thanks again for the comments. I look forward to further discussion.


In reply to Re: New science/informatics interest area? by bobf
in thread New science/informatics interest area? by bobf

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