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Message 1997 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 14:18:12 UTC

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    The military has a axiom that you should never reinforce defeats. Looking back at my participation in the BOINC world I can only conclude that I have been doing just that.

    So, it is time to cease. I had thought to explain the motivations that have brought me to this point but have decided that for the most part it would just be another wasted effort. Those that need to heed the words will see no need. And those that agree with them have no power. So, not much point in long explanations. But, in short, I find I can no longer be a part of a system such as I see today. Dissent is suppressed, good ideas are ignored or marginalized, valuable work is discarded, participants are abused; all this, and more.

    It is said that for evil to triumph, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing. For a long time I have tried to combat the problems I have seen with virtually no success. In that nothing else I have tried has been effective I have but one last option and that is to cease supporting activities run by people I can no long trust.

    With this in mind I have run all my computers out of work, removed BOINC and shut down the machines. However, I will be funding the BOINC Wiki site until the end of the quarter, 2006-03-31, at which point the site will vanish and the domain will become available.

    For those that contributed, and those that used the Wiki, I am truly grateful.

    If anyone wishes to preserve the Unofficial BOINC Wiki, I have a number of files that may be of interest:

    http://boinc-doc.net/sites.zip My working files of the old site and the Wiki including the code development for the Google search (263M) {not really necessary, unless you like history}.
    http://boinc-doc.net/log-files.zip the log file samples for adding messages along with my GREP tool (33.5M).
    http://boinc-doc.net/misc.zip Just what it says... all the other stuff includes samples and snippets of material I had not gotten to yet (13.1M).
    http://boinc-doc.net/BoincViewLogs.zip For those that might be interested in a data-set for analysis (5.8M).

    http://boinc-doc.net/images.zip The images directory of the Wiki site with the image files needed (37M).
    http://boinc-doc.net/db118605226.csv.zip Wiki database in a CSV dump (7.2M).
    http://boinc-doc.net/db118605226.sql.zip WIki database in a SQL Insert dump (8M).

    The explanation on how I implemented the Google search is here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Google_Search

    Paul
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    Message 1998 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 14:38:50 UTC

      This is not a good news :-(

      BOINC needs people who care about it and point out problems.

      I can understand it though, the facts that make you leave are quite frustrating sometimes - but then I think that it just needs a lot of patience and good ideas will have a breakthrough sooner or later (more \"later\" than \"sooner\").

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      Message 2004 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 16:40:11 UTC

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        Very bad news indeed
        @ Paul D. Buck
        Remember, the majority is often silent.

        I would add :
        The dogs howl and the caravan passes

        Go on...

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        Message 2005 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 17:01:03 UTC

          I can understand to some extent you closing the Wiki site down, but to stop crunching???

          Why???

          Ignore those on the msg boards and crunch for the science.
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          Message 2006 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 17:14:50 UTC

            I do not get people who takes things to heart, to stuff that is posted in a Virtual world
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            Message 2007 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 17:16:49 UTC

              Thx for helping me and other people Paul, enjoy your life!
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              Message 2010 - Posted 26 Feb 2006 17:53:52 UTC

                yes thanks paul you and your site helped me understand a great deal when i first started boincing
                it is a shame to see that help not avalable to new starters

                but you have your reasons
                thanks again
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                Message 2038 - Posted 27 Feb 2006 14:27:13 UTC

                  A sad goodbye to one of the great, hardworking volunteers of the BOINC community


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                  Message 2051 - Posted 27 Feb 2006 18:02:12 UTC

                    Last modified: 27 Feb 2006 18:11:50 UTC

                    To all:

                    THE BOINC WIKI WILL CONTINUE!
                    BOINC WIKI
                    With negotiation between Rytis and I underway, we will bring you the BOINC WIKI, as long as we can sustain it.

                    In Paul\'s absence, I will endeavour to keep it running to keep the dream of all BONC Documentation together.

                    To Paul: Such a shame to see you go from this wonderful community, you will be missed.

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