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Galaxy Mailing Lists

Mailing lists play a vital role in the Galaxy community:

  1. They are a key part of Galaxy's overall support efforts.
  2. They complement the Galaxy Help Forum (and formerly the Galaxy Biostar forum).
  3. They are a place where the community can ask and answer questions.
  4. They are a place for the discussion of open issues and best practices.
  5. They are also a searchable treasure trove of knowledge about Galaxy.
  6. Finally, they are a great way to learn what is going on in the Galaxy Community.

Galaxy Help Forum

If you prefer an online forum to a mailing list, or if you have a question about using Galaxy then please use the online Galaxy Help Forum.

BioStar (deprecated)

Note: Galaxy BioStar) was deprecated in November 2018. The old site and questions and answers are still online, but all new questions should go to the online Galaxy Help Forum.

(The Galaxy-User mailing was migrated to the Galaxy Biostar forum in Spring 2014. All posts to Galaxy-User were migrated to Galaxy BioStar at that time.)

The lists

Galaxy has several active mailing lists, each for a different purpose in the Galaxy community.

List Link Description List Email Address Archives (see Searching)
galaxy-announce Announcements of interest to the Galaxy community. Moderated and low volume. Mailman
galaxy-dev Local installation, configuration, and tool integration help, or to propose new features. High volume. galaxy-dev AT lists DOT galaxyproject DOT org Mailman
galaxy-proteomics Proteomics related questions, announcements, and anything else of interest to the Galaxy proteomics community. Low volume. galaxy-proteomics AT lists DOT galaxyproject DOT org Mailman
galaxy-training If you have a question about teaching bioinformatics with Galaxy, or about teaching Galaxy itself, then this is a good place to find an answer. This is also the official mailing list of the Galaxy Training Network (GTN). galaxy-training AT lists DOT galaxyproject DOT org Mailman
galaxy-public-servers List is for system administrators, software developers, and principal investigators that are responsible for Galaxy servers that are publicly accessible. By "publicly accessible" we mean that anyone on the web can create an account, upload data, and perform analyses on the server. It does not mean that there are no limits on the server. The list is used mainly to communicate security concerns a day or two before public announcements. *Anyone associated with any platfomr that is listed in the [Galaxy Platform Directory](/src/use/ is eligible and encouraged to be on this list.* galaxy-public-servers AT lists DOT galaxyproject DOT org
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You can search all lists at any of the archives above. We recommend using Galaxy Search to search all mailing list archives and online forum posts.

Posting a Question

If you have a question, first check Galaxy Search to see if your question is already answered somewhere. If it has not, then:

  1. Subscribe to the appropriate list. Postings from email addresses that are not on the list are held for moderation. We try to check for moderated emails at least once a day.
  2. Send your question to the list's email address.

New to Mailing Lists?

If you are brand new to mailing lists, you might want to read Ten Simple Rules for Getting Help from Online Scientific Communities by Dall'Olio et al. (PLoS Comput Biol 7(9): e1002202. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002202) Don't be intimidated by there being ten rules. The most important rule is:

Once you have mastered Rule 1, you can refine your mailing list chops by applying the other 9 rules:

New to Open Source Software Support Mailing Lists?

If you are brand new to programming mailing lists please read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way by Eric Steven Raymond for practical tips on writing programming questions to this or any other open source mailing list.

Hint for those too lazy to click: only you know useful information about the problem context such as the software packages and versions involved. A good question includes the bare minimum context detail, allowing someone who is skilled in the art and reading the list to understand the problem.

Mailing List Traffic

We have a significant amount of mailing list traffic. See the Galaxy Project Statistics page for more information.

See Also

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