With the onset of summer (at least for some of us in the world), it's a good time to talk about puzzles and balance*. As always, your input is important to us, and we try to maintain a strong balance between "hard core science goals" from the lab, and your ideas of "what makes Foldit fun". We heard the recent feedback from 1102/1103, too.
I am happy to report that we've been talking more about a variety of puzzles as a result of these recent comments, and the community should look forward to seeing some progress in that direction going forward. :)
We can't promise that you'll enjoy every single puzzle (and we would be silly to think that's the case) - that's totally fine. Nor can we guarantee that the most enjoyable puzzles will have significant science merit or incredible publishable results (because science). And of course you all know, it takes time to construct our puzzles in a way that will provide results we can use. But what we can find out in the meantime is what type of puzzles are enjoyable (or not), what you enjoy about them, and work at steering more of those type of things into the mix as much as possible**. I thought about doing a poll, but that really doesn't get into the type of particulars we're looking for.
This thread is meant to be constructive (this is not a bug report thread, we have the specific puzzle threads and feedback for that), so non-constructive feedback is likely to be culled out (that's your warning). Specifics always are great and appreciated.
Help me help the rest of the team, and by default all of you, and chime in! Thanks, everyone!
* it's always a good time for this conversation and it really should be ongoing, but there's never a better time to actually start doing it than now :)
** you might find yourself in the minority opinion on a particular puzzle type, but you'll never know until you post, just saying.