For Dan ... a list!

Whereas I prefer clarity over brevity for brevity’s sake.

But if you wanted brevity, I would have suggested “Real junk DNA myth?” as both briefer, and more accurate than that thread’s current title.

Trivially easy. :stuck_out_tongue:

  1. Jun 2018 %Argon The Myth of the Myth of Junk DNA

  2. Nov 2018 %T_aquaticus No Junk DNA vs. Rarity of Function

  3. Apr 2019 %Rumraket Detective story by Dan Graur on the origin of the term “Junk-DNA”

  4. Sep 2019 %T_aquaticus ERV’s, Junk DNA, Activity, and Function

  5. Nov 2019 %T.j_Runyon More Junk DNA junk from the DI

  6. Dec 2019 %T_aquaticus Junk DNA: So much wrong in so few words

  7. May 2020 %John_Harshman Yes, Virginia, there is Junk DNA

  8. Jan 2021 %Michael_Okoko Let’s talk about the Junk in our DNA

  9. Sep 2021 %swamidass So-called ‘junk’ DNA plays a key role in speciation

  10. Oct 2021 %Spinosaurus-729 “Junk DNA” No More: Repetitive Elements as Vital Sources of Flatworm Variation

  11. Oct 2021 %thoughtful “So-called junk DNA plays critical role in mammalian development”

  12. Oct 2021 %Michael_Okoko Whiat is Junk DNA

  13. Oct 2021 %Rumraket Larry Moran on science journalism (relevant to junk DNA hype)

  14. Dec 2021 %Giltil Death of the junk DNA myth?

  15. Feb 2023 %swamidass Junk DNA, Rana, and Cardinale

  16. May 2023 %ho_idiotes Laurence A Moran - new book on junk DNA

  17. Jun 2023 %T_aquaticus The Cost of Junk DNA

  18. Aug 2023 %Islam Does the genetic load argument really support junk DNA?

  19. Dec 2023 %Giltil Junk DNA, High R, Pinnipeds, and the Multiverse

  20. Jan 2024 %Faizal_Ali Discussing Junk DNA with Fazale Rana

[Oddly enough, it is considerably easier to tabulate this for unlocked threads than for locked threads. Discourse is strange. :confused:]

[As I keep getting the following error message on any attempt to either post this, or send it as a private message:

An error occurred: Sorry, you can only mention 10 users in a post.

… I have replaced all the "@"s in the OPs’ usernames with “%” – change these back when creating the wikipage. Discourse is stupid! :rage:]

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This is excelent! I’ll set this up as a wiki post (but not today, busy).

That is weird, and maybe something that can be reported to the Discourse devs. I’ll try it myself so I know what to report.

It might be a problem for anyone not a mod when they edit the wiki too. I think can keep the names without tags.

It turns out that the difference appears to disappear if I use Chrome as my browser. Odd. I will have to keep that in mind, if I have to compile any further topic-lists.

The wiki is likely to use standard wiki software rather than Discourse, so this shouldn’t be a problem. I cannot however verify this as this mythical wiki appears to be (if it exists at all) …

… on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’

Might I suggest that there’s little point in having a wiki, if you don’t make it easily accessible. :nerd_face:

This is a feature within Discourse, so no promises about compatibility with whichever reality you may be in at high levels of improbability. ;-).

So I have now seen. Documentation here:

It turns out that I already have sufficient privilege to do it myself. All it seems to do is make the post generally-editable. It does not seem to enable the creation of some centralised user-editable directory of information, that is the consensual definition of a wiki:

A wiki (/ˈwɪki/ WI-kee) is a form of online hypertext publication that is collaboratively edited and managed by its own audience directly through a web browser. A typical wiki contains multiple pages for the subjects or scope of the project, and could be either open to the public or limited to use within an organization for maintaining its internal knowledge base.

As such, it’s not clear that the feature has any real use.

That may be true. I intend to find out. :slight_smile:

@Tim gets popcorn. :popcorn:

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Probably the best way of structuring it, within the limitations of Discourse, would be a (series of) pinned thread(s), with the OP (of each thread) acting as a table of contents, linking to a series of wiki-posts in that thread on particular subtopics.

E.g. A thread titled ‘Frequently Discussed Topics’, with the OP linking to posts each providing links to threads on a particular topic (e.g. Junk DNA, Covid, YEC – though that might need to be subdivided up further).

The problem with doing this through Discourse, rather than through specialised wiki-specific software, would be that the threaded/sequential nature of Discourse will make it hard both to scale the wiki and handle any eventual restructuring of it.

My main experience with topic-specific wikis (as opposed to a large generalised wikis like Wikipedia) would be computer game wikis like this:

Here, have a badge while I’m at it …