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Hi everybody,

Some of you may remember a few years back, a PhD student from the UK posted a survey that asked Foldit players about why they play, and their general thoughts and feelings about the game. I was researching online citizen science projects and why and how people participated.

Last year I submitted my thesis (sucessfully) and have recently had a paper published in the journal Science Communication that is based on my findings for Foldit players. I have produced a summary of those results in case any of you are interested. I notice that quite a few who took part in my research are still here! If anybody would like a copy of this summary, please email me at vickie.curtis@glasgow.ac.uk (I can't upload a Word document to the forum) and I'll send you a copy.

Many thanks to all those who participated and gave me such wonderful feedback.

Vickie / Pixiemama

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Thanks so much for the

Thanks so much for the generous offer! (You may want to edit your message and encourage folks to PM you instead - don't want you to get hit by spammers!)

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Thanks for sharing !

And congratulation for your PhD !

It's motivating to see that we serve also other research (not only biology) !

I asked you a copy by mail (indeed, it would be more safe to let us only contacting you by PM first). Hopefully you'll be able to make it available on internet in the future.

Best wishes and welcome to any other research or in game playing !

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The full chapter

The full PhD thesis of Pixiemama is accessible here:
http://oro.open.ac.uk/42239/1/Vickie%20Curtis%20PhD%20Thesis%20Oct%202014.pdf

I found the extended chapters about Foldit player's motivations very interesting.

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Good find!

Thanks Bruno :)

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Vickie's Thesis is well-written

I have been reading Vickie's Thesis today. It is very well-written. Congratulations!

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Indeed Vickie's research is

Indeed Vickie's research is fascinating. I especially loved chapter 8. By the way, would you mind if I were to borrow your survey questions? I'm doing a similar research with ResearchPaperWritings (for ref http://researchpaperwritings.net/)and I think conducting the survey based on your questions would benefit our research. Also, should I cite where I took these survey questions (if I were to mention them in my research)? Or such a thing isn't considered to be plagiarism, is it?

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The best way to contact

The best way to contact players for things like this is general via private message, which you can do by clicking on their name. :)

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thanks

thanks

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any published work

can be cited without permission (but of course, the author would be pleased if you contact her before). Just put her work in your bibliography and quote the original author and year in the results and/or questionnaire. It's recommended to use existing questions to make the results comparable.

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