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Foldit has several ways of showing you what is right or wrong with a protein.

There is the

  • "clash" - a red spiky ball between two atoms that are too close
  • "void" - a transparent sphere in an empty space in the protein structure
  • "bond" - a blue striped line between well-connected atoms

and finally the

  • "exposed hydrophobic marking" - a red arrow on hydrophobic sidechains that are sticking out

I'm thinking that we need a better name for "exposed hydrophobic marking" than "exposed hydrophobic marking". ;) Something short, one syllable, easy to remember and understand. Something like "clash" or "void" except for "exposed hydrophobic markings".

What should we call this?

If you have a suggestion, post a reply here with your suggested name, and if you'd like, an explanation for why you think it would be a good name to use.

If you see a post with a suggestion you like, you can vote it up by clicking the up arrow button on the post. If you don't like it, you can vote it down by clicking its down arrow button.

The purpose of this thread is not to pick a single winner, but to get a bunch of ideas going and see the general opinion.

Let's see what we can come up with. :D

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"leak"

I'll get started. :)

My suggested name is: leak

As in, the oily sidechains that are supposed to be inside are leaking out to the surrounding ocean instead of being contained within.

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For the red ball: blob

For the red ball: blob
For the red arrow: worm or Sputnik :)

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a jut maybe?

a jut maybe?

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"Bad"

"Bad"

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Just to clarify

Just to clarify, this name should make sense in a sentence such as this:

  • "If you hover your mouse cursor over the ____, a tooltip will pop up explaining what it is."


It should also have an obvious plural form, along the lines of "clashes" or "voids".

Glad to see so many ideas already! :) Keep 'em coming!

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New name for exposed hydrophobic

Fremen, as in
"If you hover your mouse over the fremen, a tool tip will pop up."

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“A leak is a hole in the

“A leak is a hole in the world, where the inside of it is exposed to the (unwanted) outside region.”
Dealing with Leaks

"Show all leaks"
"Close 3 of 5 leaks to win the level"
"Hide the hydrophobics to close leaks"
"This exposed hydrophobic sidechain has opened up a leak into the interior of the protein. Water might get inside."

"Show all clashes"
"Clear all 5 clashes to win the level"
"Separate the sidechains to clear clashes"

"Show all juts"
"Bury 3 of 5 juts to win the level"
"Hide the hydrophobics to bury juts"
"This exposed hydrophobic sidechain is jutting out into the surrounding water. Bury it back into the oily interior."

I probably shouldn't have called this "The Great Issue Naming Contest", as it's more of a brainstorming session... I'm going to try a few of these out to see how well they'd fit in the game.

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