ADMIN UPDATE / CLARIFICATION
Hey guys, the Prize Draws have never stopped. We did float the idea of dropping them but decided not to. They continue as they always have.
Please note this thread is several months old!
I was dismayed to learn today that there will be no more prize money, and that the fruits of our efforts will henceforth go to charity.
Many of us were playing this game in the hope that we might one day win a prize which we could use to help cover the electricity and other costs which we have incurred.
Are you now able to reconsider, or should we look (where?) for another Account Manager?
Does it mean that the charities get double money from now?
There will still be random prizes for users, just not as regularly.
The usual prize draws will now pay out to charities of the winners' choosing, as we are finding that nearly all new users prefer to just compute for charity anyway, rather than register for the draws.
We're also extending the current system to one more draw as well. Best of luck!
I think it would be the coolest, and personally, I prefer the most if the price draw remained and the winner also could decide which charity gets the money.
"The usual prize draws will now pay out to charities of the winners' choosing, as we are finding that nearly all new users prefer to just compute for charity anyway, rather than register for the draws."
But, Please continue to let the prize winners make the choice!!
I really am kind of disappointed that the system is changing as the possibillity of a Every Month possibility of winning a prize of decent size seemed to be a real motivator for people to join (At least among the folks I have talked with).
Now, I'm not so sure that folks are going to be as willing to join .
I seriously suggest keeping the system the way it was and let each winner make the choice of what to do with the money.
And I FULLY agree with Graham and the following: "Many of us were playing this game in the hope that we might one day win a prize which we could use to help cover the electricity and other costs which we have incurred."
i recently joined, few days ago. I am running Boinc for years now, and when i read description on web page, i tought "so I can do the same work and possibly get some monex for the same job I am dooing now". So I started. And now I read that there will be not prizes? So the web page lies? Correct me if I am wrong, please. And tell me why should I run (Einstain, Rosetta or SETI) trought charityengine.com rather than directly within BOINC.
sorry for bad english, but i think that you can understand.
So in today's Prize announcement, you ask: "Shall we do one more?"
And of course the anser is: "Yes!"
I agree ! IMO, prizes should still be gifted to users who would decide what to do with the money.
i agree with Kolonija here,
the website is an absolute LIE. i just installed because there was promise of possibly winning a prize, it's all very well explained on the website and in the FAQ
i was noticing the current progress stays at 100% without explanation, untill i found this thread.
NOT USER FRIENDLY AT ALL!!! (and actually very misleading!)
I also agree with i with Kolonija regarding the shift away from Prize Draws. You [Charity Engine personnel] need to update the website to reflect this new policy -- or is this some sort of Social Experiment?
I signed up just for the chance to win a prize! I'll keep it going for a few weeks more and if it doesn't change will go back to my original settings!
Sigh. Just started this 2 days ago. So I was misled about prizes? What else am I being misled about? I came to this due to learning about the cubed 42 discovery and chose this due to it being advertised that there were regular prizes awarded. Going to find time this weekend to discontinue and just support the projects directly.
Just to clarify, the prize draws are still continuing - there is one in progress right now!
We were thinking of stopping them a while ago, but people still like them.
Sorry for the confusion!