after 3 months with Foldit i would like to make a couple of observations:-
clearly i am still here so i enjoy 'the game'.
my thoughts are principally with regard to the future of Foldit and therefore with regard to new players.
Firstly I must (as if it is needed) pay my respects to the extraordinary efforts of the few who unerringly and patiently give advice and welcome to newbies on a daily basis. Marie, Auntdean, Mike et al (in no particular order) - what a fantastic job they do!
However, not being in the younger age bracket, I do have a fair tolerance for glitches and bugs. It is my belief that many Newbies will not match me here. It seems a shame to me that the tireless efforts of the aforementioned are to some extent undermined by site failures.
These glitches send a negative message which can only be detrimental to new player membership in my view. I suggest that non-working options should either be removed until fixed or capitulated upon and forgotten. Either way Foldit would appear more professionally run.
I wish to comment on the 'Buddies' option:-
Evolution is clearly the more productive play - requiring both Solo and Evo players, both selfless and strategic. A strong team bond plays an important part in this. Buddies is an excellent tool within this environment. So it strikes me as strange that it has been 'out of sorts' for so long. Incidentally - what is exploration? It's never worked as far as i know. Any chance of fixing?
On the whole though - thanks for Foldit. And thanks for reading.