Has anyone else in the user community been wondering about this statement, which we see a lot? Usefulness of recent additions can be confounded with other factors, such as the gain in experience by the core foldit user community, the change in composition and skill of the teams and the improvements in processors. Are player ratings used to normalize the data? There have been very many "recent additions" over the years... some of them are not very recent anymore. Is there data that can be shared about the usefulness of recent additions? It's time to share.
It would be great to see some charts and metrics showing the evolution of foldit successes, usefulness, raw performance, user statistics, etc. As a guide The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, a beautiful text by Edward Tufte would be a good source for finding a format.