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Message 7769 - Posted: 4 Jan 2009, 18:03:04 UTC

I run C@H, because you were asking for that! I though like \"they`re scientists, they probably don`t have 200 mln $ to buy a Blue Gene supercomputer for their purposes, so they need our CPU resources. The science is worth of it!\".
My suggestions: if you want more and more people to join your project, you should:

I. FIRST OF ALL, if I were you, I would write a good, long and exhaustive description of C@H on Wikipedia (not only in english, in german too, if possible)! What I`ve seen on Wiki is far not enough, the info about the project should be extremally exhaustive! Wikipedia is now probably most significant place on the net, so it might be worth to write a good and huge description of C@H on Wikipedia. Adding an articles on Wiki costs 0 $ and gives the best advertise on the net.

II. Secondly, as for your own site, you should write some sort of project description for TOTAL DUMMIES, possibly with a lot of pictures, showing the aim of your researches. Not everyone likes (and understand) scientifical language, but almost everyone likes to read about these kind of things if only written in human - readable form.

III. Third, make some blog with a description of the actuall progress being done.

IV. Maybe it would good to make some sort of a screensaver, but it`s not mandatory.

V. Invest some money on a good hardware and technical stuff, so the project would run without problems like lags.

VI. I`m not sure how many platforms it supports? It should be as much as possible.

Yeah, I know it`s easy to say.. but.. take a look at ABC@home success. They invested a lot of money and work, and the project works perfectly! It`s a big thing now, people consider it sensible, and everyone is happy.
Keep up the good work!
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Message 7770 - Posted: 4 Jan 2009, 18:52:29 UTC - in response to Message 7769.  

There is already an article in Wikipedia on Cosmology@home. It has been there for several months now. If you have not taken a look, please do so. You might be surprised what you find!
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Message 7778 - Posted: 6 Jan 2009, 11:10:13 UTC - in response to Message 7770.  
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Rapture wrote:
There is already an article in Wikipedia on Cosmology@home. It has been there for several months now. If you have not taken a look, please do so. You might be surprised what you find!

Yes, I know, but what I`ve seen on Wikipedia is not enough for a typical Wiki reader interested in a topic. The informations should be as exhaustive as possible, and the current article is very small and only mentions about C@H.
Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but a specialized tech-info should be added by some specialist, like the scientists or project administrators.
Current article is good, but I`m complaining that it`s far too small.
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Message 7781 - Posted: 6 Jan 2009, 21:41:29 UTC - in response to Message 7778.  

I agree with you that the article is not exhaustive. It should be detailed like Rosetta@home. However, at this stage, Cosmology@home is still in its infancy but Rosetta@home has been around for several years now.

In the meantime, I suggest that Ben Wandelt or someone in his Cosmology group expand the article to include recent updates. There should be more information to report in the article next year when the Planck spacecraft is launched and new data is received and analyzed. It should be an exciting year! I am looking forward to it!
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Message 9708 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 23:53:04 UTC - in response to Message 7781.  

Hello Adamo and Rapture,

These are all excellent ideas!

The Wikipedia article that Rapture mentions could be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmology@Home

I also do believe that enlarging the article with more information will be a great idea. Presenting the content in more languages sounds like a great idea as well. Actually, that makes me think about preparing a page in French and another one in Arabic to go with the English article.

Thank you very much for your feedback. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas with us in the future. We are certainly listening to you, and we will do our best to get back to you soon soon as we could.

All the best,

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Message 9821 - Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 20:36:48 UTC - in response to Message 9708.  
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Hello C@Homers,

I have created a wiki page in Arabic for Cosmology@Home. I am working on a French page right now. Starting with these two languages was arbitrary, in the sense that they happen to be languages that I am personally familiar with. Hopefully, we could do the same in other languages in the future.

You can find the Wiki Arabic page here
Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

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Message 9837 - Posted: 14 Jan 2012, 3:09:26 UTC

Hrm, i can not say very much to arabic or french pages, but in general i have following suggestion:

Well, we all have noticed that cosmo is searching for the model which describes Universe at best. Correct me if i am wrong.
But that is a very abstract goal for the usual common people. People are attracted by things they can understand. Practical things.

I would add to a wikipedia article about cosmo, which questions could be answered when cosmos goal is reached. Which interesting questions could be answered with these model at hand?

Not every supporter is a scientist. Making people curios is the important key to attract more supporters (well, or credits, checkpoints and so on, but i really like cosmo for being NOT such an E-Sport project like some other prominent ones).

Second suggestion would be, to focus on improving the english and german articles next. The Gros of the overall DC Community is related to this languages. I guess you cosmo guys are still working an universities or so?
Just catch some Germanistic/Anglistic Students. I guess, every student needs some bucks. :)

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Message 9839 - Posted: 14 Jan 2012, 15:15:00 UTC - in response to Message 9837.  
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Hello Dennis,

These are very excellent suggestions! In fact, this is what we are trying to do currently. We are trying to create new content that is accessible to the general public (biographies of cosmologists, information about recent discoveries, historical trivia, etc). There will be more in that direction in the near future.On the other hand, creating content in other languages would help us reach out to more people, considering that most people who live in this world do not speak English.

These two goals are complementary, and they will function as integral parts for the outreach effort of C@H.

Thank you very much for your continuous support and feedback.

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