I recently observed quite often that when I point people to ask a question on the forum or to report a bug here, they don’t do it. From private discussions with some of them, I think reasons are a mix of fear “to share personal data”, “to blame yourself” and “to spoil what they are working on”. The last point we cannot do anything about, but the other two have potential IMHO.
I was thinking how to lower the entrance barrier to image.sc. Looking in our partner forum, the microlist, they have their concise welcome thread pinned (See screenshot below). We don’t. In our forum it’s only pinned for not-registered users. Shall we maybe change that?
Furthermore, I was wondering if changing the introductory text a bit could help. That’s my suggestion:
Welcome to the Scientific Community Image Forum at
This forum’s focus is software-oriented aspects of scientific imaging, particularly (but not limited to) image analysis, processing, acquisition, storage, and management of digital scientific images. Everyone is welcome to ask questions. It’s for beginners and experts; life scientists and computer scientists; for practical questions and theoretical approaches to solving scientific puzzles with images.
The primary objective is to foster independent learning for everyone in the community.
Furthermore, to encounter data protection concerns (“What do they do with my email adress?”), could we specify who is operating the forum and what happens to personal data? Is there maybe a page already specifying that?
This is how it looks in the microforum:
Looking forward to read what you think!