This is an open question to the veteran players. What are the most common questions posted in the IRC chat? What are the typical responses to these questions?
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I think some players have a text document
listing their own answers to common Foldit
questions. They seem to copy/paste these
answers into Global Chat when needed.
You should ask Susume, Timo van der Laan,
Mike Cassidy, LociOiling, Skippysk8s, and
others who frequently help new players.
Most questions in global are related to thinks the beginners should learn by themselves, following the leaning steps fro all tutorials to beginner's puzzles before to try advanced puzzles.
Most answers is to encourage them to read carefully the published tips, not to jump steps and "try by doing themselves".
Questions in veteran chat are less predictable, more related to specific tips that can only be found in the (huge) Wiki. Most possible answers exist in the Wiki somewhere.
I'm not the good one to answer your question, but here are some of them with typical possible "copy-paste" answers from patient veterans (beginner's players may answer as well - veteran answers are more repetitive).
Q-"Help, I'm sticked in Tutorial x.x, who can help?" (screen picture annexed or not)
A-"Reset the puzzle and try again, read carefully the tips on screen. It's better to learn by doing than to ask for tips in particular situations"
A-"Did you finish previous Tutorials? It's better to play them one by one in following order"
Q-"Help, I'm sticked in Beginner's puzzle XXX, who can help?" (screen picture annexed or not)
A-"Did you play all tutorials? Paying all tutorials is the best way to be prepared before to try science puzzles".
Q-"Help, I'm sticked in puzzle XXX, who can help?" (screen picture annexed or not)
A-"Did you get your 150 points with Beginner's puzzles? It's better to train with Beginner's puzzles before to try the weekly puzzles".
The questions might be more specific, but the answer is the same (the answer being in the pop-ups of the related tutorial, it's only repeating them what's written on, their screen).
the total beginners often are trying to pass the tutorials for a homework assignment in a biology class. I found Foldit that way taking MIT's Intro Bio MOOC with Eric Lander. I expect most students don't stick with it past completing an assignment. I didn't come back to really playing the game until about 6 months after I finished the class.
The advanced beginners truly we want to keep are those that have stuck with the game for a bit... This next phase have questions and issues like:
What is wrong with this fold? (Why is my score so low?) Often teach to turn on view elements like stubs, backbone, void, exposed and clashing to teach them how to see what needs work, or score view
How does this sort of puzzle work (e.g. ED or contact map)? I often post pictures step by step to get them started
What sort of recipe might be best for a specific situation? What are recipes?
Some want to know how folks heard about Foldit,
why they keep playing the game, what their
background is, what value playing the game
is to science, what recipes to try, etc.