I will not be involved with Foldit any longer, due to the following reasons:
There are considerable inconsistencies in the processes and rules that involve moderators and developers, in governing the Foldit community in general. These inconsistencies, predominently of the "double-standard" variety, have lead to a deterioration of communication on a number of fronts, including in-game chat, and the Foldit Wiki. They effectively undermine the integrity of the Foldit community, preventing it from flourishing.
Negativity has reached a point where people are unnecessarily criticized with conceiving ideas, aimed for the improvement of the Foldit project in some way (game, documentation, etc). These ideas may be seen negatively by others as confusing, dubious, having a personal agenda, etc. Whatever the case, rarely are alternative recommendations made to such ideas that have had considerable thought put into them, when the ideas are not agreed with by others. Just as rarely are ideas given any credit. Even some of the most harmless comments, such as questions about fixing problems, or comments that something is being worked on, are viewed negatively in some cases.
There is evidently little incentive towards the submission of feedback. Achievements are just not cutting it in this regard. If there is just one more suggestion that could be taken from me, it would be to scrap the entire voting system, both in the Foldit forums, and the Feedback section. Everyone should be held accountable for the digital content they provide, votes included. Anonymity becomes one less thing to worry about - progress is supported by constructive criticism only where necessary, and NOT by faceless individuals.
Some recent personal ones:
I witnessed some heated personal arguments on the in-game chat, and even intervened on one occasion. Another appeared recently on the Foldit forum; quite possibly the first. Debates are one thing; personal arguments are something else. If this is supposed to be considered a form of learning environment, it is vagely treated as such.
After trying to set up a new Puzzle Type category on the Foldit Wiki with good intentions, I was first questioned by a moderator about my recent edits, and then berated by her about how I should be following the rules on editing, and discuss my intentions first. Not sure where these rules are, but they SHOULD be on the home page of the Foldit Wiki. Since nobody told me about rules when I first requested to edit, as far as I was concerned, when I started editing the Foldit Wiki, I was to just use common sense.
A fellow editor of mine was apparently berated by the same moderator, for a similar reason.
The "rules" of Wikipedia (the founding concept site for all "Wikis"/"Wiki" sites) are not really rules at all, but guidelines. Apart from using proper references, using a neutral point of view, etc., you can basically go all out, and edit articles in whichever way you want, provided you use common sense, as pointed out by the "be bold" guideline. Of course, if anyone puts anything stupid in, articles can almost always be reverted to previous versions, by other editors and moderators. If any article already exists, the articles themselves should be edited in such a way as to not upset the current style of editing, on those articles. I learned this before and during editing the Foldit article on Wikipedia. The same principles should apply to the Foldit Wiki.
After seeing a Feedback item developing Foldit in 3D, I decided it would be a good idea to develop an anaglyphic (3D) image or two, so that people could see how the game might look like in 3D (and, to an extent, how this type of 3D looks). Since I did not know how to create anaglyphic images, I spent a few hours learning how to properly construct them, before completing a couple of images, and uploaded them to the relevant feedback item. The post was promptly given a negative mark by someone, followed by feedback that remarked there was another feedback item that already existed in regards to 3D. Fantastic.
There were quite a number of other instances that left me wondering if I was making a difference, or being appreciated, but I'm not going to waste any more time explaining those. What I have provided will be sufficient for those that can be bothered reading this.
If there are any kind souls out there into making recipes, I was in the middle of constructing a V2 rebuild recipe, which I will no longer be working on for obvious reasons. Again, I had some good ideas, which I'm sure you can derive from the dialog box details, and the code I have done (albeit incomplete). You can do whatever you want with it.
Build It Up v0.1 http://fold.it/portal/recipe/37054