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2014-12-12 17:43:11

The URL doesn't even load. Time to retire it?

http://boinc.med.usherbrooke.ca/nrg/
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2015-06-21 22:37:55

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2015-06-21 23:06:10

Dirk Broer wrote:

I disagree. It's an acknowledgement of cessation of activities and a promise to return In the same post. Fit all practical matters, is retired. If and when it returns, it can be added again.
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2015-06-22 03:55:30

Augustine wrote:

Dirk Broer wrote:

I disagree. It's an acknowledgement of cessation of activities and a promise to return In the same post. Fit all practical matters, is retired. If and when it returns, it can be added again.


Thank you Augustine, I second that. Dirk seemed to have replied to an old thread of Dec 2014. Since that project does not appear to be listed as a current Active project, I presume it has been retired, so no use to say that it is premature. It is time to reinforce that We or in this case I (for I can not speak for all the users) wish that project managers keep us updated in their NEWS section which in turn is publicized via RSS to major sites and teams the current situation with their progress. One can only presume that months of silence means that the project is dead. I can not afford the time each day to go to their site, search their Forum to see what is happening. We have over 60 projects. If I to check each site and assuming that alone will only take a minute, it will take over an hour of my time each day. I simply can not do that and waste my Electricity.

If a project is to be considered Active and deserved to be published on this and any other BOINC project Active Lists, it is not much to ask to talk to all your users in the NEWS section that is created for that purpose by the software. Inactivity for Months or even an occasional promulgation of a few work Units that does nothing does not constitute to be considered Active. The matter is simple in my view (but that is only my opinion). Close the project if it has met its current aim or if it is unlikely to produce any meaningful results or if there is a likelyhood of uncertainty (like financial restraints or lack of time to manage) that may results in months of delay. If you wish us to help you with your project, than all you have to do is ask us to include your project again when you are Active.
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2015-06-22 09:39:04
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I did not reply to an old thread, I reacted on the latest news from the project:

"Message 4337 - Posted 19 Jun 2015 18:11:19 UTC
Last modified: 19 Jun 2015 18:24:03 UTC
Hi BOINC users,

It has been a while since I have given any news related to this project. Don't worry the project is not dead despite not having sent any jobs in the last couple of months.

We were very busy with some other important tasks. One of them was the publication of the method FlexAID you all have been running on your own machines for years. Your precious work has been rewarded as the method has been published in the peer-reviewed and high-quality Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. For more information, please refer to http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jcim.5b00078
The article will be made open-access but I don't think the current version on the website is.
As a matter of fact, here is another article we recently published in which many BOINC users contributed to: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/jm5015633

We made sure to acknowledge, in the papers themselves, the work of all BOINC users who contributed to our project since the beginning. Your work has definitely allowed us to make our method much more accurate than we had hoped, and has helped advancing the field of drug discovery.

As for myself, I am currently in the process of writing my thesis. However, FlexAID still remains in development as another student (Louis-Philippe Morency) is taking over the project. LP will require your help in the upcoming months as to increase the performance of our method even more.

I hope many of you will comeback to contribute to the work of our group again

Francis Gaudreault"
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