We really need a "normal" puzzle running at all times
|Opened on:||Monday, August 29, 2011 - 15:47|
|Last modified:||Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 02:37|
Foldit has gotten much more complex in the past few months. Exploration puzzles, rigid design puzzles, electron density puzzles - and the currently running monster.
I have no problem with the direction that you seem to be taking, other than the simple fact that the software is not quite keeping up with the demands of some of these puzzles. Until you have fixed the memory leakage, for example, it is very difficult to play the monster (I had to reboot my computer this morning after running a script with all possible minimization done, on that - even closing foldit did not release the memory that it consumed). The cookbook, considering that we have hundreds of recipes available to us now, is unwieldy because we cannot organize it in a manner that makes sense to us.
But the main point of this feedback is that while it's difficult enough to keep up if you play frequently, it is becoming more & more difficult for a new or returning folder to play.
Last night for hours, the only playing choices (unless you were in beta) were the monster, which of course responds like watching paint dry - or the beginner guided puzzle.
We've had 3 veteran folders return recently after a few months of hiatus. All three were in the top ten when they were folding frequently. One stuck around last week for a few days, but seems to have given up, having little success (he was #1 when he left for real life concerns a few months back).
I had a long conversation with another last night - he's been in & out over a couple of weeks - and he's disgusted, and may not return. His complaints were that he did not "get" the exploration play (understandable - it takes a few of these to "get" it), didn't even want to download recipes because his cookbook was impossible to find anything in, and most important - that there he was - a few hours to relax and fold - but the monster was too much for his laptop (running very hot and non-responsive), and he did not want to play a beginner puzzle.
These are all valid complaints. When there was conversation about how many puzzles at a given time, and how many at once, the range and choice of puzzle play improved considerably. It may be time to rethink now to have a "normal" puzzle (like the current 451) running at all times, to attract returning and novice folders. The guided puzzles are something that you either like or don't like - if you don't, then there are many times that there are no good choices for those folders.