User talk:DanBolser

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  • Hi Dan, There is actually a template called PM that provides links to modules: Bio::SeqIO, e.g. cheers Majensen 14:04, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

About questions on the wiki and 'hand-waving'

  • Wikis aren't designed for this type of interaction; they're primarily a documentation medium (though a very fluid and adaptable one). For instance, if I were the average user who doesn't check 'Recent Changes' for updated pages, or unless I had added all the pages to my watch list, I wouldn't have known you were asking something. The best place for questions, even about the wiki itself, is the mail list. --Chris Fields 14:00, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Response regarding GFF

Response to: So what should I do? Tell the boss that I'm waiting for some guys I never met to get round to a task that I don't understand?

Dan, realize that we aren't bound to, nor are paid by, your specific interests. All of us have day jobs, and we are all busy working on our various projects. I work on BioPerl when I can, as does everyone else. As is the case with any open-source software, you can most certainly help out, but the wiki is not the best place for this.

We all readily acknowledge that GFF within BioPerl is messy and are working to rectify that, just don't expect the problem to be solved overnight. --Chris Fields 19:26, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Additional Response

First, apologies if you feel offended. That is not my intent. But, reading your comments, it's fairly easy from my end to feel a bit slighted. BioPerl is a very large project and it's a huge task to maintain everything.

Re: deleted edits, it would probably be best to place information on the pages that were most relevant (i.e. Bio::FeatureIO). The plans to refactor FeatureIO have been in place for a while now, something that was likely unbeknownst to you. For that I sincerely apologize, but I would rather not redirect users looking for information on GFF to use something that we consider fundamentally flawed in design, potentially full of strife (as you probably have discovered), and in dire need of refactoring. I would also like to maintain a somewhat neutral view of the information at hand or at least give a balanced view, with opinions or discussions being delegated to the relevant discussion pages. Any edits I made have had that in mind, so again sorry if this offended you. The edit I'm thinking of in particular is the GFF parsing script you added, along with my comments. The script would probably work best and be more visible if it were moved to the Scrapbook, then linked to from any relevant pages (BTW, the comments were moved to the discussion page). I do feel that users can use this script but should also be aware that it works only in the simplest of cases (all tab-delim, etc). Again, no slight intended. --Chris Fields 02:05, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

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