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As joshmiller announced, there's a special "design with a dev" science chat taking place on the new Foldit Discord server, on 29 February 2020 at 9:00 PST, 12:00 EST, or 17:00 UTC/GMT. (That's Leap Year Day for many of us.)

The chat is going to cover design solutions for Puzzle 1805b: Coronavirus Spike Protein Binder Design.

Discord is a commercial platform oriented toward online gamers. In some ways, it's similar to IRC chat, but offers many additional features. We may see some of the new stuff in play during the science chat.

Discord has apps for many platforms, and also offers web-based access. You'll need to register with Discord to get online. Discord accounts are free. If you already have a Discord account, you can join the Foldit server using your existing nickname, or there's a "Change Nickname" option in the server settings, so you can switch to your Foldit name.

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Please record and post online the Feb 29 Coronavirus Chat

I won't be able to participate in the Coronavirus Chat on Feb 29. Would it be possible for you to record it and post it online somewhere so I can watch it later? Video, audio, and/or an all-text transcript would be useful.

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I'll try recording...

Not sure what Josh is planning, but I'll record it and post to YouTube if that makes sense.

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chat success, some glitches

The chat went off as planned, despite a few technical issues.

Screen sharing was fine, but getting sound working for everyone was kind of an issue.

As I'd previously experienced (but mostly forgotten), plugging in my USB microphone means there are new audio devices for both input and output.

Discord has settings audio settings. Click user settings for your account (gear icon in lower left corner of the screen on the Windows app, near your nickname), then select App Settings -> Voice and Video.

The Voice and Video panel lets you select your input and output devices and test them.

I finally got it working, using the new audio input device that appeared when I plugged in the mic, but the old normal audio output device. It took a while to get everything sorted out.

Another issue was where to find the stream. The Foldit Discord has quite a few channels defined. The voice channels are at the bottom of the list, which appears on the left in the Windows app. You may need to open up the Voice Channels dropdown to see the "livestreaming" channel, which is where today's action took place.

Once you find the livestreaming channel, it wasn't clear how to actually get the live stream up on my screen. It finally happened, but I'm not sure exactly what worked, since I was also trying to figure out the audio at the same time.

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To get live stream up on your screen

I was able to see Josh's live screen-share by double-clicking Josh's name in the list of participants in the stream.

In order to find the live stream channel in the first place, I had to collapse some of the channel groups at the top of the list to bring the live streaming channel into view from the bottom of the list. There was a very skinny scroll bar to get to the lower channels in the list (the kind of stealth scrollbar you can only see if you hover your mouse where it is supposed to be), but I was unable to drag it, so had to make the list shorter instead.

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Hey Jeff,

This chat ended up being more of a test of streaming than anything, so there isn't much happening or chat about coronavirus specifically, but if you still want to see it, Loci uploaded here:

It starts around 10 minutes in.

Feel free to share with Skippy, I think they wanted to see too.


Developed by: UW Center for Game Science, UW Institute for Protein Design, Northeastern University, Vanderbilt University Meiler Lab, UC Davis
Supported by: DARPA, NSF, NIH, HHMI, Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, Boehringer Ingelheim, RosettaCommons