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Message 42137 - Posted: 7 May 2011, 21:04:19 UTC

I would love to see badges in CPDN. The project is perfect for it - a lot of projects, a lot of users to compete with.

As we all know CPDN is also addiction and hobby. It is alway nice to have some extra motivation and goals. Badges available in WCG and PrimeGrid work for me (and for many other users I know).

What you think ?

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Message 42138 - Posted: 8 May 2011, 1:42:26 UTC - in response to Message 42137.

Badges might be nice, but, right now that staff needs to deal with the tech problems that this project is accumulating. As Capitan Kirk once said “we better start solving our problems faster than we pick up new ones.”

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Message 42163 - Posted: 12 May 2011, 10:47:49 UTC

OK. But badges are simple. I am sure they will add some new users hunting for trophies.

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Message 42165 - Posted: 12 May 2011, 15:53:06 UTC

JIM called it correctly. Staff is new and on a steep learning curve. There are bugs to squash. There are new projects awaiting implementation and put into Beta and general release. By then, there's sure to be another round of server issues, and so it goes. CPDN has been, since we started in 2003, seriously understaffed.

Badges? In words of the old expression, "chances are 'slim' and 'none'" ...
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Message 42166 - Posted: 12 May 2011, 16:14:28 UTC

Badges are pretty simple to implement, so long as the project adopts a policy of never adjusting credit rates down - otherwise there might be trouble! Better still the project could get the credit rates right before release.

Badges are, perhaps, best suited to projects that have long-running sub-projects in which a user with modest computing facilities can reasonably hope to work through the levels. Otherwise, I suspect people will just be irritated by not having enough time to get what they want or even their badges out.

While the idea will seem silly to many, setting objectives in an otherwise empty continuum provides some entertainment and structure. And more than that as well: when PrimeGrid reminded users that the 321 sieve was almost optimal I decided to see whether I could get a silver in the few remaining weeks; there was advice that the 64-bit application was faster than the 32-bit one and that 32-bit Windows users like me with 64-bit hardware could try a WUBI install of Ubuntu; rather nervously I did that, learnt quite a bit about an unfamiliar area, and easily got to the benchmark. I also discovered to my surprise that two machines had usable GPUs, so then knocked off silver in the Cullen-Woodall and Proth sieves (what a horrible whining from the machine! never again!). So, when people post here about GPUs and CPDN I've a little more understanding of what they want ...

CPDN is now up to strength on staffing and they're working through a long to-do list. If they were to consider features like badges or could master BOINC and their servers sufficiently to mount a 'challenge' then the project would have made great progress indeed - and everyone's enjoyment of the project would increase.

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Message 45084 - Posted: 14 Oct 2012, 18:43:40 UTC

I just found my old thread. Still no badges on the horizon :(

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Message 45087 - Posted: 15 Oct 2012, 4:42:00 UTC

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Message 45088 - Posted: 15 Oct 2012, 4:54:39 UTC
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I think Badges would be nice, too.
They sometimes help to motivate (me) to crunch a certain project more than before.
But other problems come first, obviously. ;)
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Message 45317 - Posted: 6 Dec 2012, 20:28:04 UTC - in response to Message 45088.

And other problems are abundant at the moment.

The lack of these trinkets could be thought of as a test, to sort out the serious from the 'just looking'.


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