Posts by Steve Hawker*

1) Message boards : Cafe Rosetta : Team Thread (Ads only, not for discussions) (Message 78295)
Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Profile Steve Hawker*
Hello Astra*s,

After a short break the team forum is once again alive and kicking. Come join the fun at:

Please note this is not the old address.

New members always welcome to the party
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Discussion of the new credit systen (3) (Message 74128)
Posted 30 Oct 2012 by Profile Steve Hawker*
I guess my comment applies to every BOINC project where cr/hr has been lowered to get rid of cheaters, but I just happen to be here so here goes...

On almost every project where the credit earning system has been altered there is a statement somewhere on the message forums justifying the move on the basis of getting rid of the cheaters. Usually there is some elitist clap-trap about "only doing it for the science".

What a bunch of baloney.

Who cares if some enterprising folks manage to wangle a way to get granted more credits? The science still got done, didn't it?

"Oh no!" say the admins, "we must purge ourselves from the unholy cheats and return to pure science".

Meanwhile, folks like me who enjoy the science but also enjoy the fun of gaining credits get screwed. So instead of the cheaters cheating themselves, the admins have decided to cheat real users instead.

Yeah, I only crunched a few Rosetta WUs but I was somewhat disappointed to receive a paltry number of credits. Yeah, go on, criticize me for my decision, I don't care. Just remember that I'm a part of the rank of file crunching community and you caught me up in the Admins-Cheaters war.

So back I go to NumberFields or some other project and look what happens. Rosetta loses another cruncher but hey! Rosetta is purged of those awful cheaters who dirty our science. That's the important thing, right?

Nice work admins, well done.

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