Why does my country have so few members when I know there are more?
Why am I periodically asked to log into World Community Grid again?
How do I view the website in another language?
Why are some areas of the site only available in English?
What happens if I check the box labeled 'Remember Me' when I sign into World Community Grid?
I checked the 'Remember Me' box when I signed in, but now the site is asking me to log in again.
What are Project and Recruitment Badges?
I'd like to put something about World Community Grid on my website; is there something that I can use?
What is the World Community Grid widget?
How do I find out the meaning of the messages on the Results Status Page?
What are the RSS, XML and atom buttons I see on certain World Community Grid web pages?
How do I sign up for World Community Grid's feeds?
Why do some work units remain on the Results Status page for a long period of time after they have been validated?
Forum Policy for Members
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What do the Member Titles, underneath the Member Name, in the forums mean?
How many characters may I use in a forum post?
What do the progress bars for each active project on the Research Page mean?
Every project on World Community Grid is at one of the following four stages:
- Just Launched - The project was launched on World Community Grid within the last few weeks.
- In Progress - The project is running regularly on World Community Grid and is not close to completion.
- Nearly Completed - The project is within a few weeks of finishing its work on World Community Grid.
- Completed - The project has completed its work on World Community Grid.
Is there any way to estimate an end date for projects running on World Community Grid?
There are many variables with each project that determine how long it will last and how much work it will run on World Community Grid. These include:
- Change in research direction or project scope (e.g., results from work on World Community Grid that takes the project in a new direction)
- Increase or decrease in lab resources such as funding, staffing, etc
- New research findings from collaborators or other scientists in the same field
- The pace at which computational work is being performed on World Community Grid
Researchers rarely know if or when these variables will come into play during their projects, which makes it challenging to estimate a project end date with any level of accuracy.
Is there any way to express how close a project is to completion as a percentage? Can the progress bars show that a project is X% complete?
Over the years, we've found that most research teams don't load a certain number of work units into World Community Grid, let them run, and then declare the project complete. Rather, they create work units based on their initial research questions, then make adjustments to future work units based on their findings on World Community Grid and on outside research findings. This makes it impossible to accurately express project completion as a percentage.
How often do research projects provide updates for volunteers?
Active projects: We ask the research team for each project to provide at least two formal updates per year. We also try to provide short monthly updates in the forum thread for each project.
Completed projects: We provide updates when completed projects publish papers, start or finish major experiments, or have other big news.
Why hasn't my favorite project provided an update recently?
Active projects: Check your favorite project’s forum. If there has not been a formal update in over six months or a short monthly update in a couple of months, then post a question in the forum.
Completed projects: Your favorite completed project probably doesn’t have any news to report at this time. Keep an eye on the forum for the project.
How are project updates created?
We work closely with each research team to create project updates. Since the scientists are detail-oriented and want to provide good updates for the volunteers, they often take a few weeks to create just the first draft of updates.
World Community Grid generally adds any explanation or background to the updates to make them easier for the general public to understand, which can take additional time. Also, we often work with the scientists to create graphics, videos, presentations, or to find photos for the updates.