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Paper Authorship: Calling all protein designers!

We are preparing a research paper about protein design in Foldit, and we want to include you! Over the past 6 years, Foldit players have designed a number of impressive proteins from scratch, and in the process have revealed some important discoveries about protein design. We are writing up these results in a formal paper to share with the rest of the scientific community.

None of this would have been possible without Foldit players, and we want to make sure everyone is represented fairly! Any Foldit player who has participated in a protein design puzzle can choose to be included among the authors of the paper. If you have played a protein design puzzle in the last 6 years, please fill out this form to tell us how you would like to be included:

Authorship Form for Foldit Protein Design

The form includes some optional questions about gameplay strategy and basic demographic information. This has been requested by other researchers, who want to know more about the perspective of Foldit players. Please consider answering these questions to tell us more about your experience playing Foldit.

Edit: Next week we will send a confirmation email to all users who fill out the form. The confirmation email will include a draft of the paper for you to review.

(Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:47  |  6 comments)

New Release - 'Pick Sidechain' tool!

Hey everyone,

We've just put out a new release with an exciting new feature - The 'Pick Sidechain' tool!

This tool lets you preview and pick sidechains in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface. For more information, read the blogpost here.

Be sure to check it out!

Also included in the update:

General:
* New feature - the 'pick sidechain' tool.
* Added additional logging to track down Windows errors.
* Added an option to appear invisible in IRC by default.

Bug Fixes:
* Better handling of molecules in small molecule design puzzles, leading to fewer crashes and fewer unwarranted "Modification is not chemically feasible!" messages.
* General crash fixes.
* Fix crash with disulfides.

(Fri, 12/07/2018 - 01:27  |  5 comments)

Developer Preview Release Soon

Hey everyone,

We're about to put out a new release to the developer preview soon with an exciting new feature - The 'Pick Sidechain' tool!

This tool lets you preview and pick sidechains in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface. For more information, read the blogpost here.

The full release notes below:

General:
* New feature - the pick sidechain tool.
* Added additional logging to track down Windows errors.
* Added an option to appear invisible in IRC by default.

Bug Fixes:
* Better handling of molecules in small molecule design puzzles, leading to fewer crashes and fewer unwarranted "Modification is not chemically feasible!" messages.
* General crash fixes.
* Fix crash with disulfides.

(Tue, 12/04/2018 - 02:14  |  1 comment)

New Release!

Hey everyone,

We've just released an update with several bug fixes:

Bug fixes:
* Several fixes for symmetry to improve performance.
* Fix for crash on fail to join chat.
* Performance fix for some filters.
* Fixed a crash with lua scripting being run on certain filters

As always, a big thanks to our devprev players for helping to test the release!

(Thu, 11/15/2018 - 19:49  |  0 comments)

Potential Security Breach

A community member has brought to our attention that they’d received an email claiming their Foldit account had been hacked. The email listed the person’s username and password. While we do not have any verified evidence internally to substantiate the incident, we would urge you to take a moment to reset your Foldit password and any other account that uses that password. If you have any issues with this, please reach out to us at mail.fold.it@gmail.com. The community member did note that their password was not very many characters long and therefore could have been “brute forced” (trial and error method of decoding a password). When choosing a new password, we suggest ensuring your password:

  • Contains both symbols and numbers
  • Contains a variety of capital and lowercase letters
  • The longer, the better. If your password is shorter, special symbols, capitalization, and numbers will not help against a brute force attack.

We’d like to express our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience of this. While we do what we can to keep your data safe such as securely storing passwords in a hashed, salted manner, it is still possible that a data breach may occur. We ask should you receive any email like this, that you please, please let us know immediately so that we can address it. You can forward the email directly to us at the address listed above. Please feel free to let us know if you’ve any questions or concerns about this incident.

An example of how complexity relates to how crackable a password is:

(Thu, 11/08/2018 - 17:23  |  0 comments)
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