Posts by Michael H.W. Weber

1) Questions and Answers : Issue Discussion : News notifications to be displyed in BOINC manager, too (Message 305)
Posted 9 Aug 2020 by Michael H.W. Weber
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We want to keep people as engaged as possible *without* bothering them, so for the moment at least we've decided to limit client notifications to new client releases, new WU types, when datasets are ready for release, hardware outages, or other single-event major news. However, we're constantly re-evaluating all these decisions.

Well, that's of course your own decision. I am participating in distributed computing with my own machines now for about 20 years, I have been beta tester and moderater over at the Folding@home project for many years, I have founded a governmentally registered charity organization on distributed computing in Germany 15 years ago (still operating) and our team at present operates three active DC projects.
To my experience, people get engaged most when supplied with a constant flow of (meaningful) information indicating progress of the project.
A second thing of importance is rapid and elaborate feedback in the project's discussion forum (yes, can be time-consuming if taken serious, but it's worth it for the sake of educating participants and acquiring more support for the project).

However, there is an RSS feed for the news thread, and we created a twitter account @MLCatHome2 which will re-tweet when new news items are posted (I wish automatically, but to be honest we haven't spent the time to figure out how to hook up an RSS feed to twitter).

Please don't do that.
The result of a standard automated Twitter feed usually is a URL linking to the original source. Nobody I know follows such accounts or would you get engaged by a Twitter message lacking all multimedia content and just showing up a weblink where you need to click on it not knowing where it leads to?
In the DC field there are some accounts which make use of this approach. We do not follow these. They are boring.
Better post little but nicely curated stuff or retweet stuff relevant to the project's science field. And avoid posting messages without multimedia content - you want to catch people's attention in a flood of competing content. A simple image attached to the message often is enough.

Just my suggestions, of course. ;-)

Michael.
2) Questions and Answers : Issue Discussion : News notifications to be displyed in BOINC manager, too (Message 300)
Posted 8 Aug 2020 by Michael H.W. Weber
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Well, in the end it's of course up to the project lead to decide. However, I can't see any argument for "cluttering" of the BOINC manager's news panel. That thing is meant to display as much news as possible and not to just look nice and tidy. [Somehow, I am missing an appropriate smiley to undermine that statement]. :))))))

Michael.
3) Questions and Answers : Issue Discussion : News notifications to be displyed in BOINC manager, too (Message 298)
Posted 8 Aug 2020 by Michael H.W. Weber
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When writing NEWS postings, I recommend ticking the checkbox to also copy the news section's information to the contributor's local BOINC manager info panel. Only few people find the time to regularly visit your BOINC project website.

Only today I noticed that after the last NEWS notification in the BOINC manager posted on 18th of July there have been two more informative postings which escaped my attention.

Michael.




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