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Black Belt Folding sessions are a community event where Foldit players share their strategies on specific subjects via a live Google Hangouts on Air broadcast. Here is our complete list of videos!

We want to bring these back!

What would you like to learn about? :) Put your suggestions here and we'll try to match up your ideas with community members!

If you see a topic that you know about, or know who would be a great person to talk about that topic, send me a PM, or volunteer in the thread.

Let's bring back Black Belt Folding!

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plan shared shapes to hand fold with public sharing

perhaps we could hand fold some shapes that can be shared to public. step a, then b, etc. liked brow's vision of a sheet ladder making 2 hairpin turns a few days ago. playing with it solo, but would be fun to share. using 1014 as basis, so it mutates. suggestions from good handfolders on a challenge like this would be useful, as would some more common designs

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Volunteer

I would love to volunteer for something like this. I will have to wait and see about which topics I would know best, but I would love to give something back to the community that has given me so much :)

Also, sorry I haven't been folding very much lately, CASP took a lot out of me.

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Some ideas:

How to do electron density puzzles, contact map puzzles, predict secondary structures using jpred or other tools, and use the alignment tool. Using Pymol would be nice too, but Foldit doesn't output pdb files, so such a session would only be helpful for CASP structure pickers, for example.

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More ideas:

Some folks are very organized in how they play Foldit, keeping records about all the steps they've done. I record many things as I play, but I'd like to see what others (like smilingone) do.

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Helix-capping:

Somewhere in the video http://fold.it/portal/node/1998900 bkoep shows an example of helix-capping. It would be good to see how to make such a structure.

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Being rank 1 in solo and evo scoreboards

I would love to see a Black Belt Folding demo of how this is done! Looks as if the previous players who have done this have been lauded in Seattle labs as well so even more incentive to do well.

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Starting De Novo Freestyle Puzzles

I have watched the Black Belt Folding videos which were excellent. Thank you to participants for your time and efforts. I am able to design some interesting structures but come unstuck when the amino acids are added. Is there some secret to the way AAs work? I use the Foldit-aas sheet to try and make some sense of it or should I just use mutate recipes and hope for the best?
I am really looking forward to viewing any new videos, thank you to all concerned.

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to take segment penalties away - same for penalties on AAs

I've problems with segment score in design. If I cut, I've a lot of backbone problems and it takes too much time with local rebuild or wiggle to recover good segment. If I don't cut and use only bands and freezes, there are less problem but it's hard to make a good design (like aligning sheets).

Remix tool does not work well in recipes. I wonder how to best use it with hand.

Currently, I only rely on the "rebuild worst" and quickfix recipes in order to recover the fragment score, but it takes much time.

For penalties in AAs not scoring well, I put every bad hydrophobic to ALA or LEU, but I suppose there must be some more skilled way to select the good one?

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A tutorial on how to "Power-Use" the Selection Interface

Would be much appreciated. I currently have a love/hate relationship with it (can't use it well at all, but like some of the features) and suspect that it's powerful and useful for Black Belt Folding. If such a thing already exists I would like to know.

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Contact Map Puzzles:

According to http://de.foldit.wikia.com/wiki/CASP11#Solos_2
the top 5 soloists for CASP11 Contact Map Puzzles were
Susume, wisky, Madde, retiredmichael, and BitSpawn.
I would very much like to see Black Belt Folding
videos featuring these players, be it for
Contact Map or other puzzle types.

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We'll get that on the list!

We'll get that on the list!

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Recipes:

I looked through the list of Public Recipes for current players who have shared many recipes.
Among them I found brow42, Bruno Kestemont, KarenCH, LociOiling, porkythepundit, Rav3n_pl,
spvincent, Susume, and Timo van der Laan.

It would be good to see these players explain & show how to use their favorite, most popular,
most useful, and most complicated recipes. For example, Timo could show all the many things
you can do with his latest/best Tvdl enhanced DRW recipe(s). Enzyme could show his AFK,
HBondBuster, and HBuster2 recipes. Brow could show his Bridge Wiggle recipe (37416) for
making disulfide bonds.

Players could show what each recipe does, situations it is good for (start/mid/end game),
what settings work best, how to know when it is stuck/finished, etc.

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Pick Their Brains:

I think frood66 and Aotearoa would both make very interesting Black Belt Folding videos.
Both are very good Folders who can often be found in Chat, and Aotearoa has been folding
since June of 2008! Give them the podium! Let's hear what they have to say!

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Hydrogen Bond Network puzzles:

Have some Hydrogen Bond Network experts show hand-folding tricks and the recipes they use on these puzzles.

Thanks!

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How to play solo:

According to http://fold.it/portal/players/s_all
johnmitch is the 7th best soloist on Foldit right now.
He has been playing Foldit since 2010, purely as a soloist.
It would be interesting to see how he folds.

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Specific host requests

Feel free to contact folks who you feel would be great hosts and see if they're interested! (Then send them my way.)

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Bitspawn discussing Electron Density Puzzles

http://fold.it/portal/node/2001427#comment-31413 asks for Bitspawn to discuss electron density puzzles.

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Have any of you been inspired by the ED videos?

If you've been inspired by the ED videos - please feel free to make your own on a topic and let me know. We can host community videos on our YouTube channel, even if you aren't available for a "live hangout" session.

Just send me a PM and we can make it happen. :)

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