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With under 12 hours left until BGB12 is over, I feel that given it has seen record signups, now seems like a great time to see how the BOINC team and BGB events are doing in terms of the following:
  • How well does this section do in attracting members to the idea of BOINC?
  • How easy is it to find the information that you need when it comes to setting up your computers to run BOINC, or choosing the right projects for your likes and computer setups?
  • If you are new to BOINC, and participated in BGB12, how likely are you to continue BOINCing and is there anything that the BOINC Editor or the community can do to make it more appealing to continue?
  • For the BOINCers Gone Bonkers thread, in the first post, is there too much info, to little or just the right amount?
  • Some prizes are not feasable to ship to overseas BOINCers due to high shipping costs. Since the prizes are all donations by members, should we begin to emphasize donating goods such as paying for a Steam game, or a gift card over physical prizes such as graphics cards and ram, or is it not that big of a problem that we can continue having prizes the way we do today with some mix of physical and digital goods?

Please leave your comments by replying to this thread or sending me a Private Message. Please note that these questions are more geared towards new BOINCers, with the exception of the last one.
Edited by gamer11200 - 11/2/11 at 9:33pm
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The past couple months, I've thought it would be a great idea to only count the Monthly projects in the BGB event and adjust the required points accordingly. I don't know how feasible this would be, but if you can pull data from the overall, it shouldn't be much more to only pull from the three monthly projects. This could help out our standings even more than just them being "Monthly Projects". This may also require the addition of one more project for the month, then we could have one ATI, one Nvidia, and two CPU projects.

Regarding Steam purchases, sure some of the items offered as prizes are new, but the majority are things people no longer want or need, not costing them anything. If someone wants to purchase a game for someone else, that's their prerogative.
Edited by Angrybutcher - 11/2/11 at 9:40pm
 
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You did a great job, getting alot of people involved, gamer. I'm looking forward to the projects this month, getting back to seti and some of the others I've never worked on. I had a good time, pushin' my 'puter about as far as it'll go! Just send me a monthly reminder. If I'm not traveling on the road for work, I'll get the desktop fired up for ya.
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You did a great job gamer, with the organising and so on. My BGB points probably seriously suck because I stuck with projects that interest me, instead of going for the high output projects.
If you can find some way of averaging out project point/time differences for next time, it'd make things more open. After all, we're here for the joy of saving the world, right? Not getting the most points?
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This was my first time doing anything with BIONC and participating in the BGB event. I found that it was quite attractive to see that this was very well organized and a very friendly competition with everyone working on different projects. My biggest issue is that there was everyone using different project that put out high amounts of points and didn't seem fair to some people. I actually really like the idea of running only the projects of the month with 1 ATI project, 1 NVIDIA project and 2 CPU projects as to give everyone a fair amount of choices that may benefit their setups more than others. Also another gripe I had was the way the points were calculated in that spreadsheet. The weird delay and fact that when I looked on say BOINCstats or Free-DC and saw that it was recently updated then looking at the competition's chart and it was far behind on the stats.

If we can fix those 2 things really I think it would great and fair for everyone.
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--Dang it another double post...--
Edited by TheSocialHermit - 11/3/11 at 4:33pm
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With the idea of using the projects of the month for BGB, the goal of project of the month is taking the worst 3 active project in terms of team ranking and improve upon those rankings whereas BGB's goal is to maximize the amount of credits we produce. With that said, it is natural that projects like Moowrapper will be favoured over projects like Rosetta@home.

Pluss, adding to the projects of the month, most of the projects that are chosen are active, but not to the point where there is work 24/7.

As for the spreadsheet that is attached to the BGB event, that is meant to be just a look at how you are producing compared to others. It is not meant to be 100% accurate and those numbers are NOT the numbers that I grab when determining if you won a prize or not. I manually check your username on BOINCstats.com to see if you accumulated the required amount of credits for the prize and that you crunched for Overclock.net. Adding to the BGB spreadsheet, some members (myself included) end up having multiple CPUIDs which make it very challenging to easily gather how much credits are being earned.

Thanks for the advices though
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This was my first BGB and I had a good time. There are a few things that might make it better or more interesting (I'm borrowing some ideas from the Forum Folding wars)

1. Create a way to level the creates between projects. I crunched Collatz for the points but I prefer to just run Rosetta@home or WCG

2. Boinc is about long term crunching. I would make it longer than 2 days...maybe 2 weeks?

3. During sign-up, possible have the entrant pick one or two projects that they will have counted for the contest (possible divide into teams based upon each project

Just some ideas that maybe someone can take and run with. I can't wait for the next one
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one thing. why would you guys choose to do this during the same time as crunch week over at XS?

that is one time a year that i make sure that im on that team lol..
     
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Well... as a recent addition to the team I would just add that I am very old and rather stupid biggrin.gif and find that working out all the wrinkles in a new project can be quite challenging.

It is much easier for me to just plod away at the projects I'm interested in. My main worry is hardware compatibility and apps. for a "new" project.

dunx

P.S. I also run Primegrid for points ( cynical huh ? ) I will try to have a go at the next target ! smile.gif
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