TL;DR I am one of the main contributors of BioStar, the engine which powers NeuroStars. I am also one of the two system administrators of NeuroStars is hosted on GitHub

NeuroStars is a questions and answers website for the neuroinformatics community.

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The project was started after a few unfruitful attempts in StackExchange’s Area51 to build a website part of the Stack Exchange Network focused on neuroscience. The need to tailor NeuroStars to a specific scientific community entailed the use of a truly open source, customizable and extensible solution: BioStar.

BioStar is “a simple, generic, flexible and extensible Q&A framework […] developed by scientists and for scientists”. It is the engine that powers some science oriented Q&A website: Biostars Bioinformatics Q&A, Galaxy User support, Bioconductor User support, Metabolomics Q&A and Neurostars.

NeuroStars is supported by the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) and administered by Roman. BioStar is authored by Istvan and I am one of the main contributors.

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NeuroStars is powered by the BioStar framework.

A basic deployment of BioStar includes the following software stack:

For high performance installations, the following optional software is highly suggested:

  • Celery: the distributed task queue to manage asynchronous operations like email processing, news fetching, etc;
  • Redis: for caching;
  • Elasticsearch: the full-text search engine.

The current deployment of NeuroStars at was designed by myself and is now administered by Roman and myself. It is made of the following stack (apart from the software listed in the basic deployment above):

My main contributions

BioStar is authored by Istvan and I am one of the main contributors. Most of my contributions happened during the Google Summer of Code program.

List of my main contributions: