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I imagine that foldit attracts people with very different approaches to solving puzzles.

As a programmer, I can help to create recipes that will help others to test their hypotheses more quickly. The better I understand the chemistry involved, the more useful my recipes can be.

I imagine that researchers might tend to apply ideas systematically, while gamers can shake up things up by making conceptual leaps that are not yet scientifically confirmed (much like Dick Fosbury changed high-jump competitions). And researchers who are gamers, gamers who are coders, and coders who are researchers all add their own insights.

Two questions for the more successful of you:

  1. Would you class yourself in a completely different category?
  2. Where do people from different categories meet, to cross-pollenate their ideas?
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Where do folks cross-pollinate their ideas?

Foldit has this Forum, Feedback, the Foldit Wiki (http://foldit.wikia.com/wiki/Foldit_Wiki), Science and Developer Chats (http://fold.it/portal/chats), Global Veteran and Group Chats, a repository for shared Recipes, a Group Forum for each Group, and a series of Black Belt Folding videos (http://fold.it/portal/node/1998737), so there are many ways to cross-pollinate ideas.

Joining a Group and evolving other players' solutions is a pretty direct way to cross-pollinate ideas. Adapting other players' Recipes is another way.

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Foldit has its own e-mail system as well:

You can also e-mail other players your ideas using Foldit's built-in e-mail system.

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