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Message 4285 - Posted: 20 Nov 2019, 13:53:48 UTC
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As many of you have already noticed, we haven't had any work in awhile. I want to emphasize that MindModeling is still an active project, but we do not have control over when the scientists and engineers submit work. This natural variation is due to the funding, phase, and nature of these R&D projects. I appreciate your patience, and understanding as we go through these dry periods.

In other news, I'm sad to announce that several of the MindModeling staff have moved on, including Jack, Nathan, and Brandon. Olivia and I have taken their roles in the project's development and operation. While our predecessors taught us a great deal before they left, we have a great deal more to learn.

Olivia and I are both very excited to continue work on the project and to improve it where possible. To that end, we will be slowly rolling out updates for our scientists and engineers, as well as to our volunteers, in the coming year. We hope that these updates make MindModeling a more useful scientific tool, and thus attracts more work for our wonderful volunteers.

In that vein, we have decided to change our name from MindModeling@Home Beta to simply, MindModeling. Having been such a long-live project, it seemed time to ditch the 'beta' description. Some code is still being updated, however. So feel free to let us know if we missed a spot. :)

Finally, we have discussed updating the volunteer homepage and forums. Beside giving the pages a facelift, we have also discussed the problem of spam, and low-participation on the forums. It seems to me, that most discussion now happens elsewhere in larger, more active forums, or in private channels. While we realize this has been a useful place to connect and report issues, moderation takes time away other aspects of our jobs. Therefore, we are considering shutting the forums down, and providing a contact email address for issues and questions. We hope that this would provide more timely and direct responses, while freeing some of our time for other work. However, as a community project, we would like to hear from you first. So please let us know what you think either on the forums, or at josh.s.ziegler+mm@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Message 4287 - Posted: 22 Nov 2019, 17:32:02 UTC - in response to Message 4285.
Last modified: 22 Nov 2019, 17:32:22 UTC


Thanks for the heads up.

I sincerely hope you keep the forum "alive" simply because it is a "one stop shop" to find out the status of the project and if any issues are occuring that affect members downloading/uploading tasks.

Of course, if more tasks were available, then you'd get more interaction on the forums, esp if things stop working :-(

Of course spam can be a problem...but if you don't have the time/resources to monitor the forum, then just make it read only (and admin read/write) and just provide members with the feedback they require to successfully volunteer their computing hardware to the project.

Otherwise, with no central resource, if anything goes wrong then there's no easy way to find out when/if the project will work correctly and what needs to be done to fix things.


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Message 4288 - Posted: 23 Nov 2019, 5:02:06 UTC - in response to Message 4285.
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email sounds great instead of forums

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Message 4289 - Posted: 23 Nov 2019, 19:30:10 UTC - in response to Message 4288.
Last modified: 23 Nov 2019, 19:46:40 UTC

If by shutting down the forums you mean "no new posts" then fine as people will still be able to review the prior project discussion topics.

An email method of communication sounds fine but then I think you should say do a monthly message on the project status just so all subscribers are regularly informed what is happening with the project.

Now this may be a little off-topic and maybe I am speaking out of turn but when you have staff who need to gain experience with managing the a project how about contacting another boinc project where you have some common scientific ground and maybe sharing the load of some of their WU's. Of course you would not process the results but just upload them to the other project website. Credit would be based on the amount MindModeling would allocate and maybe all returned results except overdue would be assigned credit to simplify the process.

Anyway, just an idea, thanks.

Also, https://www.boincstats.com has placed this project into the retired category. If as you say it is still active then please contact this stats website so they can change the setting for this project.

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Message 4290 - Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 5:56:24 UTC
Last modified: 3 Dec 2019, 5:56:24 UTC

it's really a good information...keep your work up[/url]

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