A week ago the devs had the first meeting that they invited players to Skype into, and I was fortunate enough to attend. Apologies for lateness (been a very busy week in RL), but I would like to let the community know what was discussed with myself and Coyotee, the other player present.
First, beta_helix showed us a graph that had the distribution of all foldit players for the first short alignment puzzle (please see the attached pngs below). It clearly shows that the players did better than rosetta.
He also said that the alignment native (which was recently released) had 3 disulfide bonds… that the best scoring foldit solution had two, which is excellent, and many of the top scoring solutions had all three disulfides!
And, that the disulfides DO score well now.
There was discussion about the new alignment tool and the cutpoints. The devs are hoping that some in the community can get expert at accomplishing them soon (especially with partial threading) and hopefully do a video so that the rest of the players can increase their understanding of and ability to use these tools well.
We briefly discussed what the best place would be, online, to post these videos in an HD format, whether on the foldit website or uploaded to a video host (youtube, vimeo, etc).
The devs spoke of hoping to use webinars for advanced techniques with the webinars conducted by expert players. The alignments/partial alignments would be a priority for these.
That led to a discussion of meetups. My team has done a few regional meetups, and I had offered before and offer now to help set up "All Foldit Players" meetups in regions of the world where we have enough concentration of players to make that possible. The devs expressed that where & when possible, at least one would try to attend large meetups for players.
They would also like, at some point in the not so distant future, to try to have a small group of players go to Seattle to meet with all the devs. They mentioned that they might do something like choose from the top of the leaderboards.
My response to that was to caution that we still need to have diversity score better than it currently does - which they realize and agree, and are working on that.
So then - here are the questions for the community:
1. Is there anyone who has mastered the alignment tool - and partial threading - who is willing to do a video and/or a webinar for the global community?
2. I know that some people had started maps of "where-in-the-world" players reside… Is there anyone who could coordinate an overall map for use to determine good global (All Foldit Players) meetup locations? Or is that something better left to the devs to develop?
3. Are you interested in attending a meetup of all foldit players in your area? What distance are you willing to travel?
4. Are you interested in coordinating a meetup?
Please post any comments/requests for clarification here :-)