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Proper Credit Rewarded for New Workunits
New workunits should properly award 227.157 credits instead of 133.622 credits. You may still see a few award 133.622 credits for a little while, but these workunits will filter out over time until eventually all reward the correct 227.157 credits.
21 Mar 2019, 18:09:27 UTC · Discuss
Workunit Credit Issues - Fix Implemented
I have implemented a fix for workunits not assigning credit. Hopefully all newly validated workunits will award credit properly. If you notice anywhere that this is not the case, please let me know.
As for the previously validated workunits which assigned zero credit, I am not sure there is a good way for me to assign credit for them. This would probably require me writing a script to actually alter your credit values based on the number of unrewarded returned results. I am pretty uncomfortable altering credit like this. Please use this thread to discuss and offer your input on this problem.
Thank you all for your patience.
20 Mar 2019, 17:46:50 UTC · Discuss
New Server Update
We are switched over to the new server. I am still working on a few kinks related to serving workunits, but the website seems mostly stable. I have only found one or two broken pages which I will work on fixing as the week progresses. My priority for the rest of today is getting workunits served.
Thanks for your patience.
19 Mar 2019, 19:45:55 UTC · Discuss
Temporarily Suspending New Account Creation
I am going to begin migrating accounts over to the new server. In order to do that, I am suspending new account creation until the new server is put up.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
18 Mar 2019, 14:40:48 UTC · Discuss
New Workunit Generation Pause
In preparation for the migration to the new server, we will be pausing the generation of new workunits today. This does not mean that we will stop sending out workunits. Instead, it means that the only workunits being sent out will be those needing cross validation. Hopefully, this will allow us to clear the workunit validation queue by Tuesday morning and simplify our transition process.
This may also mean that at somepoint this weekend or on Monday, there will be very few workunits left on the server to process. This is expected.
15 Mar 2019, 17:32:56 UTC · Discuss
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