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Reward Scheme

Postby ashleylist » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:50 pm

I dont know if this would be possible, but could we not have a reward point system for folding?

Not sure if you have this sort of thing state side, but we in the UK can earn points for shopping via the nectar in J.S.Sainbury and now online +the American express credit card. typically £1 = 1 point. me i just build up the points up to save money at christmas were i re deam them as wine :)

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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby codysluder » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:39 pm

Where do you propose to get the money to cash out those points at christmas? The only rewards you can earn are things like certificates that do not cost Stanford University anything.

You're donating computer time to science (and you can donate money to FAH as well if you'd like to), but they spend all their money on programmers and servers and other things dear to the research.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby ashleylist » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:49 pm

Good PR from say Wal-Mart for say a bit of advertising on these forums for their products?

That’s assuming there's a reward card type system running in the first place that we can piggy back onto. either way this appears to be the future of advertising. so i'm told.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby Xilikon » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:51 pm

Don't forget that Stanford is not a business so there is no income to fund this system, only budgets for research expenses.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby smASHer88 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:13 pm

I'm gunna go a bit off-topic, but i'm not sure if Stanford want to or not, but i'd be completely fine with them taking advantage of online advertising to support the forum, with ads from companies like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, ATI etc.

I'm not saying this coz i think it would then be in turn a way for 'prizes' to be made, i wouldn't like that sort of thing to happen at all, but just so there is a little extra money in the coffers to help support the Folding@Home project. And actually i think it would be beneficial to have computer performance related ads flying round here.. i'd probs regularly click on some.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby shatteredsilicon » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:33 pm

How about establishing a registered charity branch in UK so that those of us here can claim tax breaks for donations? Not quite a "points" scheme, but a step in the right direction, at least.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby Jeannie » Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:50 pm

smASHer88 wrote:I'm gunna go a bit off-topic, but i'm not sure if Stanford want to or not, but i'd be completely fine with them taking advantage of online advertising to support the forum, with ads from companies like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, ATI etc.

This forum, the Folding at Home Community Forum, is a separate entity from Stanford University and its Folding at Home project. The 'owner' of this forum, as I understand it, generously donates the time and money required to support it. So the 'owner' of this forum could choose to accept advertising to offset the costs of running the forum.

I doubt that Stanford University would allow online advertising on their web site.

Yes, I recognize that this is nit-picking <g>, but I want people to be grateful to the 'owner' of this forum for his/her/their generosity in supporting our 'community' so that it's easier for us as individuals to contribute to the Folding at Home Project.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby smASHer88 » Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:29 am

Thanks very much to the Owner of this Forum!!! Legend.

If you'd like to add advertisements, you've got my support.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby RedSooty » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:49 am

You actually do get special things if you play Platform Racing 2.
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby 7im » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:35 am

This forum has always been strictly non-commercial, and will likely stay that way.

However, if you'd like to get some Supermart to sponsor a folding contest like a GPU manufacturer is currently doing, then more power to you. ;)
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Re: Reward Scheme

Postby kelliegang » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:06 pm

I mentioned this in another thread and whilst it's slightly offtopic I think it could be very beneficial...

If a way could be implemented to track referrals it would open up a new world of opportunities for people to create competitions, rewards or just notoriety to fuel the spread of Folding@home...
I mean the only reason I know of folding@home is because of the family PS3 and I am a current student of public health and a past student of Biotechnology... Folding@Home needs to be spoken about more... I get 7 emails a day from "friends" promising 7 years good luck or with some angel flapping her wings but not once had I ever heard of Folding@Home, online or off.
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