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Puzzle 1073 Feedback (Marburg) and new puzzle

We have a new blog post providing a little bit of feedback on the last Marburg puzzle that we ran (puzzle 1073: Marburg Binder Design with Disulfides). Check it out!

Added: The new puzzle is live!

(Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:15  |  0 comments)

Minor tweaks, Community Rules

This has been on my to-do list for a while, but nothing major. Here is the list of changes:
* Clarified an issue with warnings (as in we often provide one before taking action), to bring it more in line with actual practice.
* New wording to fix this statement, which now captures the essence better and now reads: "Allow the moderators to help keep the community a welcoming place for everyone."
* Added an escalation path for issues (and in case of issues with moderators), as it had been strangely missing to date.
* Removed the word "younger" from this statement and fixed a potential loophole: "Generally speaking, if you avoid being disruptive to other user's experiences, and if you are polite and helpful to the less experienced members, you are less likely to be removed from chat."

As always, I like to be up front with these changes even when it falls under "keeping the virtual house tidy", so you can check them out here.

(Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:59  |  0 comments)

A Return to Marburg and Ebola Puzzles

Good news!

After a period of quiet on the Marburg and Ebola front, we're back with some Marburg (and in the near future, likely more Ebola) related puzzles. Marburg virus disease (MVD) (formerly known as Marburg haemorrhagic fever) is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola virus disease. These viruses are among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans. Check out this related blog post to get you back up to speed, and look for those puzzles to start appearing very soon.

(Tue, 06/30/2015 - 22:02  |  0 comments)

Puzzles & Fun: Input Wanted!

With the onset of summer (at least for some of us in the world), it's a good time to talk about puzzles and balance. As always, your input is important to us, and we try to maintain a strong balance between "hard core science goals" from the lab, and your ideas of "what makes Foldit fun". We heard the recent feedback from 1102/1103, too.

We're sure you have thoughts on this topic, so we started a forum thread here: http://fold.it/portal/node/2000860

Thanks everyone!

(Thu, 06/25/2015 - 20:26  |  0 comments)

July Science Chat Date Set

The Date: 21 July 2015 (Tuesday) Add your questions to this post!
The location: #veteran, IRC (Get help with chat here.)
The Time: 1800-1900 (or so, but the official chat ends after an hour) GMT (aka 11am-12pm Pacific)
The Time Zone Converter: Right this way!
The Topics: Science chat! (more details will be announced closer to the chat date)

Looking for inspiration? Follow-up on previous topics? Read our previous chats.

We can't wait to see you there.

(Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:26  |  1 comment)
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