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The Foldit project aims to predict, design, and understand biochemical structures, and study how humans and computers can best work together to further these aims. Foldit achieves this through a community of game-developed experts. Foldit is continuously changed to promote the creation of experts and to become the most effective exploration tool. To achieve this, the project continuously gathers and analyzes data.
The Foldit game gathers and reports data generated by your activities in the game. If you create an account, this data will be associated with your account. If you play without an account, data will be gathered anonymously by assigning you an anonymous identifier. Gameplay data such as biochemical structures, scores, recipes, tool and recipe usage, progress, and time played may be logged and analyzed.
The Foldit website also stores your postings and interactions. Data may be assosciated with your IP address.
General public chat channels will not be logged, except for #global during developer or scientist chats (in order to post transcripts of the chat). Private group channels for player created groups, and private irc messages will not be logged. Specific channels created by the project, group or otherwise, may be logged and analyzed, and if so, they will be clearly marked as such. However, in extreme cases to prevent abuse of the system, any chat may be logged.
This data and analysis may be shown in the Foldit game, on the Foldit website, and used in external publications, presentations, promotional materials, and other public venues. We will contact you for permission before externally associating data analysis with your account name, although your account name may appear without explicit permission in external demonstrations of the game or website (such as on leaderboards).
By participating in the Foldit project, you agree that the above data can be recorded and analyzed. You can opt out of further data gathering at any time by uninstalling the software and discontinuing use of it, the website, and chat.
When creating an account, you provide an email address. This email address may occasionally be used to contact you in relation to the game. You can opt out of email contact at any time.