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Message 249 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 22:31:00 UTC
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Message 255 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:04:38 UTC
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Q. Is there an anonymous reporting system for obscene or threatening forum posts?


Yes, the function can be used as follows-

In the bottom left corner of every post in the forums there is a series of small icons (buttons) that can be used to \"Rate\" each post. The last of these buttons is a small red box with an \"X\" in it that looks like this - .

If you click on that box, you will be provided with a reporting form. Fill in the requested information and submit the form by clicking on the \"OK\" button.

This will generate a report to a Forum Moderator who will then review the report and take appropriate action.

{NOTE: No user specific information relating to the reporting user is provided to the Moderator when using this function.}

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Message 256 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:06:49 UTC
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Q. Can I contact the forum moderators directly by e-mail?

At the request of the user community a method of contacting forum Moderators \"off forum\" has been established. David Baker has decided to leave it up to the Moderators as to how they wish to handle the matter. Based on this decision, each Moderator will decide for themselves if they wish to provide \"off forum\" communications to the user community. To that end, Moderators may establish an email account that will allow off line contact, but they are not required to do so.
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However, before sending mail to a Moderator account, it must be clearly understood that the address of the senders account will be revealed to the Moderator. In addition, certain kinds of requests that are sent to the project team, may be forwarded to these Moderator accounts to be handled as a moderation function, and when that happens, it will be necessary for the project to provide contact information to the Moderator so the issue can be addressed.

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Message 257 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:09:00 UTC
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Q. Do the forum Moderators have access to my personal information?

Typically volunteer Moderators do NOT have access to personal information such as e-mail addresses and other information related to users. However Moderators who are also project administrators DO have access to this information.

In the event that a user contacts a Moderator using any form of e-mail, the users return e-mail address will become available to the Moderator. Not all Moderators have provided a means for users to contact them directly. The few that have, may have questions referred to them by the Project Team, and in those cases the Moderator would be provided the necessary contact information to assist the user.

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Message 258 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:11:17 UTC
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Q. Who are the Forum Moderators and what is their function?

The RALPH@home project uses a mixture of full time project team members and volunteers from the user community to Monitor posting activity in the forums. These individuals are called \"Moderators\" and whenever they post a message, that titles will appear beneath their user ID. In some cases the actual user ID will be \"Moderator\" followed by a number (IE. Moderator1, Moderator2, etc). These IDs are provided to the volunteer Moderators so that there is no confusion when they act in an official capacity.

Moderators are responsible for organizing the forums, assisting users with problems and issues, removal of unacceptable materials and postings, and maintaining the decorum of exchanges between users by enforcing the forums rules.

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Message 259 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:18:46 UTC
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Q. Can I appeal a Moderators decision to delete my posts?

Yes. But Moderators have a great deal of individual latitude with regard to the actions they take to preserve a proper forum environment. If you feel the action taken was not appropriate, you should first appeal directly to the Moderator who first took action in your case.

If you still feel that the action was not appropriate in your situation, you can appeal directly to the project team using the links from the RALPH@home home page.

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Message 261 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:23:00 UTC
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Q. I received an e-mail telling me that one of my forum posts has been moved/deleted. What does this mean?

Deletions
Generally speaking receipt of an email indicating that a post has been removed is an indication that the post was determined to be unacceptable for one or more of the following reasons.

    1) It contained profane or obscene language, or quoted a post that contained such language.
    2) It contained obscene imagery, or quoted a post that contained such images.
    3) It contained a threat against another user or the project or quoted a post that contained such threats.
    4) It was of such a personally inflammatory or insulting nature that it incited a series of rebuttals of the nature of personal attacks (\"flaming\").

(in some cases these violations of forum policy may result in the deletion of the entire thread)

Moving of posts
If one of your posts has been moved, this would generally indicate that there is nothing wrong with the content of the post itself, but that it was perhaps off topic for the thread where it was posted, and was moved to another thread appropriate to the topic. In some cases, a particular thread may be available for a specific purpose. One example would be the gathering of information related to error data, These threads are generally not open for discussions but instead are intended for posting very specific kinds of data. In this case posts that do not provide the type of information sought will be moved to a thread for the discussion of the issue.

For a discussion of the criteria that might be used evaluate the appropriateness of posts and their removal see this thread in the ROSETTA@home forum.

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Message 262 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:31:50 UTC
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Q. Are there any rules at RALPH@home for using the forums?

The RALPH@home forums are provided as a place for open exchange of ideas within the Ralph user community. Users are encouraged to post information related to errors and observations, and to assist each other. But the mpst important use of the RAALPH forums is to bring issues to the attention of the Ralph Project team. So please keep the number of new threads to a minium, and the post brief and related to the actual testing and error results.

The Ralph user community is international, and open to people from all walks of life. For this reason communications between users in the forums is expected to be polite, and suitable for all possible audiences. Threats and profanity are unacceptable, as are language and images of an obscene nature. So called \"flaming\" is not acceptable.

This concept has been distilled into a simple statement displayed each time a user posts in any of the RALPH@home forums.

\"Don\'t use obscene language or images, and don\'t threaten other participants; otherwise we may delete your messages.\"

Forum Moderators have the authority to determine if a posting falls within the acceptable guidelines established for use of the forum. If in the estimation of a Moderator a particular post or group of posts is unacceptable, they can act to move or delete such posts. Usually when this occurs the author of the post will be notified by e-mail of the action taken.

Moderators also have thee responsibility of keeping the forums organized so that the project team and the larger user community can locate information of interest to them. As a result, on occasion Moderators may start new threads for discussion or gathering of information, move posts that are not topically correct for a particular thread, or highlight a thread topic by anchoring it at the top of the forum thread list.

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Message 264 - Posted: 18 Feb 2006, 23:46:25 UTC

Why Can\'t I get new Work Units for RALPH@home?

The RALPH@home is a test project. As a result Work Units are only sent when testing is required. After a test run, adjustments to software and Work Units are made and implemented. During the time it takes to prepare these changes and upgrades, there maay be no work available.

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Message 265 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:00:56 UTC

One of my Work Units failed, will I get credit for the work ?

In short, No. RALPH@home is a test project. Credits are not important to the testing being performed. If you have a work unit that fails, it is important to report any imformation you have about the failure in the appropreate RALPH@home forum. But you will not be given credit for the time your system worked on that Work Unit.

If credits are important to you, you should consider devoting your computer to the ROSETTA@home project instead of RALPH@home.

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Message 268 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:11:59 UTC
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Q. How do I set my RALPH@Home preferences to keep applications in memory during application swaps ?

If you are NOT running ROSETTA@home, we would prefer that you set your preferences to remove applications from memory during application swaps. One of the tests being performed relates to work unit errors that are the result of application switching. The only way to test the solution to this problem is to allow the applications to be removed from memory when necessary.

However, if you are running the production ROSETTA@home application at the same time you are running RALPH@home, then you should set your system to keep application in memory to prevent ROSETTA@home work Unit errors.

To change your preferences to keep Rosetta@Home (and all other applications) in memory, General Preferences Log in (if your not already) -> Edit Preferences (down the bottom) -> Leave applications in memory while preempted? Check yes and click the update preferences button, also remember to update BOINC. BOINC Manager and select \"Projects\"(tab) , select \"RALPH@home\", and click \"Update\"

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Message 269 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:15:34 UTC
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How do I set the adjustable Work Unit time parameter in my Preferences ? What should I set it to ?

This parameter is adjusted by going to your \"Account Page\". On the Account page, there is a link to \"View or edit RALPH@home preferences\". If you clink on the link to \"Edit RALPH@home preferences\", you will find a Pull Down menu called \"Target CPU run time\". If you do not change this setting, all of your RALPH@home Work Units will run in approximately 1 hour. This time will vary slightly but should be fairly consistent for a particular machine.

If you pull the menu down, you will be presented with options for times ranging from 2 hours to 4 days. Select the option that best meets the needs of your system. The project would prefer you select times from 8 hours and up to reduce the load on the servers, but this setting is totally up to you. If you have bandwidth concerns a longer setting will help reduce the bandwidth required to run Rosetta. It is best to allow your work queue to drain completely before making the adjustment and then allow Rosetta to resume work and download fresh work units under the new setting. This will allow the BOINC client to accommodate the new setting for project time management purposes.

Once you have made the change you must either update the project from the BOINC manager manually or wait for the system to contact the server in the regular course of processing before the change will take effect.

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Message 270 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:24:37 UTC
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Should I set BOINC to keep applications in memory during swaps ?

If you are NOT running ROSETTA@home, we would prefer that you set your preferences to remove applications from memory during application swaps. One of the tests being performed relates to work unit errors that are the result of application switching. The only way to test the solution to this problem is to allow the applications to be removed from memory when necessary.

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Message 271 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:27:07 UTC
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Q. I don\'t receive an E-mail? / My ISP is blocking my E-mail from RALPH@Home?

A. This is usually caused by your ISP blocking the E-mail as spam, Even though you can join up without it I would suggest that you get a free E-mail account and use that, remembering that if you don\'t log on to these free E-mail accounts every so often then some of them will delete your account. I also as a general suggestion that I give to everybody (no inference that Rosetta@home could or would contribute to this should be taken) that you never use you ISP E-mail account for anything else than talking to your ISP as it\'s not funny being spammed on an account that you actually need.

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Message 273 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:42:51 UTC
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Q. What is the URL of RALPH@Home?

A. http://ralph.bakerlab.org/

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Message 274 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 0:50:28 UTC
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Q. What about credits and team scores for RALPH@home?

While credits are awarded in the same way as they would be for any production project, RALPH@home is not a production environment. Credits are not important to the goals of the project, and it should be recognized that at times you will loose credit for time spent working on RALPH@home work units. Part of the testing being performed is to establish and repair the cause for failed work units, and as such there should be no expectation for credit awards. There will be no award of credits for time spent if a work unit fails.

While RALPH@home has provisions for teams, it should be clearly understood that the competitive aspects of working BOINC projects are not a part of RALPH@home. The sole purpose of the project is the validation of software and work unit functionality. If credits and the competitive aspects of running BOINC projects are important to you, you should consider if carefully if RALPH@home is the kind of project for you.

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Message 275 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 1:00:48 UTC
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What Are the Guidelines for running RALPH@home


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This is a test project so credits and other competitive statistics are not important. If you are running multiple boinc projects, please set the resource share low for this project. There will be times when no test work units are available.

1. Please do not abort work units.
2. Try not to cache too many work units since we are trying to test on as many different machines as possible.
3. Since the message board is the main feedback channel, please help to keep it manageable. Do not post repetitive information and only post constructive feedback.

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Message 277 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 1:12:00 UTC
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Q. Is RALPH@home different than ROSETTA@home ?

Yes. RALPH@home is NOT a production project. RALPH@home is a testing area for pre-production testing of software. If you are interested in running the science application then you should run ONLY ROSETTA@home.

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Message 278 - Posted: 19 Feb 2006, 1:17:31 UTC
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Q. What is the purpose of RALPH@home ?

There are a number of recent improvements to the Rosetta application but they must be tested before they can be used in the ROSETTA@home production environment. It is for this reason that we have created the RALPH@home project.

However, before you decide to attach to RALPH@home, you should consider if a testing environment is right for you. Credits and all other competitive aspects of BOINC production projects are of no importance in RALPH at all. You will more than likely NOT receive credit for all of the work units you attempt to process for the RALPH@home project.

At times, running RALPH@home may require you to spend significantly more time tending to your system(s), and making adjustments. Moreover there is no guarantee that running RALPH@home will have no effect on other projects you may be running on the same system.

Software testing is not for everyone. But if you want to help create the next generation of ROSETTA@home software, you are willing to spend some time reporting results from you system, and you are not concerned about credits then RALPH@home can use your help.

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Message 463 - Posted: 22 Feb 2006, 5:54:08 UTC
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for RALPH@Home
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Questions about RALPH@home


Problems getting started


Project preferences Settings


Running RALPH@home


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For additional information or more detailed answers to your questions about RALPH@home, the BOINC client software or other BOINC projects visit the Unofficial BOINC WIKI.

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