Apologies for joining in late (once again!) - it's all to do with our time difference, I guess?!
First - Points. There is a thread about this already:
Points For Work Units - www.abovetopsecret.com...
Essentially, we discussed how we might attract *more* people to join the group and thought that an incentive might do this. We also felt that it could
"reward" people who had contributed their computer CPU cycles unselfishly over, in some cases, in the *years* since SETI@home was established. It
was generally agreed that "points for work units (WU's)" might be an answer. We also discussed the merits of having a "status" bar under our
names, similar to the titles like "Writer/ Fighter/ Scholar" - we thought "Seeker" would be appropriate.
As you'll know from the "Banner" on the home page, it has been agreed that *points* will be awarded, although the mechanism for this has yet to be
released. At the time of discussion, it was thought that perhaps 20 points per WU would be allocated to individuals plus a number derived from the
totals achieved for the team (I have no further information on this at present).
Whilst 20 points per WU might appear generous, please remember that the time to complete each WU varies between computers. My 2.6Ghz P4 machine with
512 MbRAM takes around 4 hours on average to complete 1 WU, and, in theory, if I wished, I suppose I could "earn" 20 points from posting sufficient
messages in the same 4 hours time span?? However, a 233Mhz P3 I used to use took 35 hours to complete a WU - so 20 points isn't a lot in
Please remember, too, that all the ATS SETI@home team are running SETI@home "voluntarily": many over a number of years. I'm *not* unique by any
means, but in my case (since I know the "facts" of my situation) I've run SETI@home, 24/7, 365 days a year, since July 2001. My choice, of course,
but nevertheless at my expense in terms of running costs/ replacemnt of equipment, etc. And everybody in the ATS SETI@home team has done the same.
Anybody is "free" to join the team, of course - it is not an "elite", there are no qualifications necessary: all that is required is that you run
SETI@home and - to gain any points for Wu's - join the team itself and let us all know who you are on the board ( as some people ID's are different
on the ATS stats board - reached through the signature below) - and on the ATS Discussion boards here. That's all you have to do... So, please don't
think we're "exclusive" - we *welcome* new members - if we had 1000 members we would be hitting around 1500 WU's "crunched" every day, i suspect
- which would promote us rapidly up the "All time" teams boards - and that way actively promote ATS itself!!
I *hope* that answers some questions about "Points for WU's" and explains some of the rationale behind this discussion? As always, however, please
ask questions about the team or SETI@home and somebody will glady answer them. Can I recommend though, that you look at the
***ATS SETI@home Index v1***
as *many* questions and "how to's" are already
there, so your question might already be answered or a thread might exist that is relevant to your query? Thank you for your cooperation!!
Finally, thank you THENEO for your encouragement and support. It is much appreciated by all of us!!
Let's go ATS SETI@home team!!