Introducing the Alliance Community Forum

Dear WormBase and Worm Community Forum Users —

As previously discussed, the Worm Community Forum is moving.

Today, along with the Alliance of Genome Resources, we are pleased to introduce a new online discussion forum, the Alliance Community Forum.

Alliance Community Forum

In keeping with the spirit of the Alliance of Genome Resources, we’ve chosen to organize topics by organism and not by Model Organism Database. Rest assured that it’s easy to only follow specific areas that you may be interested in. Worm related discussions, for example, can be found here, subdivided in a variety of topics. You can choose a variety of notifications for topics of interest.

The Alliance Community Forum represents the first place for discussions across six model organism communities — flies, mice, yeast, rats, worms, and zebrafish (from the participating MODs of FlyBase, MGI, SGD, RGD, WormBase, ZFIN, respectively).

We hope that this Forum provides an opportunity for stimulating discussions, finding new collaborations, raising awareness about techniques from other fields, as well as providing a convenient place for posting notes of interest to the broader community of biomedical researchers (meeting details, job postings, funding announcements, etc).

If you are an existing member of the Worm Community Forum

We have migrated most existing accounts. Please reclaim your account on the Alliance Community Forum by requesting a password reset on the new forum. You will be sent a link to reset your password. If you have trouble logging in, please contact todd@wormbase.org.

Note that due to a technical issue, if you created an account in the last several months, you will need to create a new account in the Alliance Community Forum.

If you are not an existing member of the Worm Community Forum

You can log in with a new account on the forum, or a Google or Github account if you so choose.

Preserving the Worm Community Forum history

We have migrated [b]most[/b] posts from the nearly 20 year history of the forum. Some posts could not be migrated, nor have posts created in the last few months. Feel free to recreate these topics in the new forum.

Interested in working as a moderator on the Alliance Community Forum?

Please contact todd@wormbase.org.

Migration Timeline

July 6, 2021: New registrations disabled on the Worm Community Forum.
July 9, 2021: The “Discussion” panel of the WormBase home page will start displaying entries from the Alliance Community Forum; posting on the Worm Community Forum will be disabled.
August 30, 2021: The Worm Community Forum will be retired.

Questions?
Please either post here, on the new forum, or email either the WormBase (help@wormbase.org) or the Alliance (help@alliancegenome.org) Help Desks.


Technical Details

The Alliance Community Forum is using Discourse, a widely used and full-featured online discussion platform.
User guide and FAQ on using Discourse

The Worm Community Forum is moving!

In the coming weeks, the Worm Community Forum will be migrating to a new home and a new platform.

As part of the Alliance of Genome Resources project (of which WormBase is a founding member), we’ve built an entirely new discussion forum using the Discourse platform.

The Alliance Community Forum represents the first opportunity for online discussions across model organism communities.  We hope that this cross fertilization stimulates new discussions, raises awareness about techniques from other areas, and provides a convenient place for posting job positions.

We’ve already ported almost all users and the entirety of the discussion history from the Worm Community Forum. Still, we expect some minor inconveniences. Namely, existing users of the Worm Community Forum will need to reconfirm their accounts on the new system. We’ve also necessarily had to reorganize the hierarchy of some of the existing discussion boards, as well as remove some obsolete ones.

When the Alliance Community Forum officially launches, we will disable posting here but keep the forum running for a brief period. Eventually, we will redirect the Worm Community Forum to the Alliance Community Forum entirely.

Questions? Concerns?  Please add your comments to the discussion topic on the forums below.

https://forums.wormbase.org/index.php?topic=3509.0

Call for nominations for WormBoard

To all in the C. elegans community (please forward to your lab members!),

This is a call for nominations to fill vacancies and turnover on Wormboard. Nominations must be received by March 1, 2021. The entire election procedure and the responsibilities of WormBoard can be found on the WormBase wiki.

Self-nominations are allowed. All nominations shall be accompanied by a short statement (200 words max) explaining why the nominator thinks the nominee would be a good choice to become a WormBoard representative. Please highlight relevant background, experience and qualifications, particularly as they relate to diversity efforts.

For the US representatives, nominations of faculty from HSIs (Hispanic serving institutions) and HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) are specifically encouraged. For the 2021 election, the USA nominee MUST be a faculty member at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution.

Please note that each and every nominee will be considered. The number of people who nominate a candidate will not improve their chances of being selected for the final election slate.

Please indicate your nomination(s) on this Google Form.

Many thanks, 

WormBoard election committee

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Timeline for election: Elections will be held the first week of June in odd years starting 2021, before the International Worm meeting. 

  • February 1: call for nominations shall be sent out by the out-going president [this email]
  • March 1: deadline to return nominations 
  • March, April: slates for election to be drawn up
  • May 1: the slates shall be announced 
  • June 1-7: 1-week election period open to all community members 

Report from WormBoard to the C. elegans community – August 2020

A new report from WormBoard to the C. elegans community is now available. Following up on WormBoard’s July 2020 message, the August 31, 2020 report addresses the recent community climate survey, details plans for a C. elegans community Mentor Match program, lists opportunities for undergraduate research, and more. You can read the full report on the WormBase Wiki.