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Message 19321 - Posted: 29 Mar 2008, 23:28:10 UTC
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I was wondering why I see numerous questions by people helping LHC@home that are ignored. Does the LHC@home staff consist of just two people? As a professional astronomer I can truely say that if my students or those who are helping in a research project didn't feel they could come up to me freely and ask a question pertaining to astronomy then they wouldn't be inspired to have astronomy or atro-physics as a major would they?
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Message 19322 - Posted: 30 Mar 2008, 8:24:42 UTC - in response to Message 19321.  

I was wondering why I see numerous questions by people helping LHC@home that are ignored. Does the LHC@home staff consist of just two people? As a professional astronomer I can truely say that if my students or those who are helping in a research project didn't feel they could come up to me freely and ask a question pertaining to astronomy then they wouldn't be inspired to have astronomy or atro-physics as a major would they?


I would say that at least for one year for sure only two people are in team.(at least active...)
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Message 19461 - Posted: 17 Apr 2008, 11:49:44 UTC - in response to Message 19321.  

I was wondering why I see numerous questions by people helping LHC@home that are ignored. Does the LHC@home staff consist of just two people? As a professional astronomer I can truely say that if my students or those who are helping in a research project didn't feel they could come up to me freely and ask a question pertaining to astronomy then they wouldn't be inspired to have astronomy or atro-physics as a major would they?


Key word is professional here.

LHC@home is not our job and neither Alex nor I are paid to do this (there is no money for the project fullstop) we have to squeeze it in along with all our various preparations for the actual LHC's turn on later this year.

Also when a student approaches you he has no record of previous conversations you have had with students, here there is a whole board of people asking the same question "I have a WU pending for so long", "why is there no work" etc etc and these are all answered by some lovely users (we appreciate their patience) despite the fact that they have already answered the question numerous times.

To change your analogy what if a student asked a question in your lecture which you have just explained (fair enough) which you clearly explain again, then 2 minutes later in the same lecture another student asks the same identical question which you again explain, now imagine every student in your lecture asking that question one after another seemingly unaware that you have just answered that question n times.

We can't be on here answering those questions all the time but those lovely users mentioned above help us (again thank you to them) and answer the questions every single time.
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Message 19466 - Posted: 17 Apr 2008, 15:57:06 UTC - in response to Message 19461.  

I was wondering why I see numerous questions by people helping LHC@home that are ignored. Does the LHC@home staff consist of just two people? As a professional astronomer I can truely say that if my students or those who are helping in a research project didn't feel they could come up to me freely and ask a question pertaining to astronomy then they wouldn't be inspired to have astronomy or atro-physics as a major would they?


Key word is professional here.

LHC@home is not our job and neither Alex nor I are paid to do this (there is no money for the project fullstop) we have to squeeze it in along with all our various preparations for the actual LHC's turn on later this year.

Also when a student approaches you he has no record of previous conversations you have had with students, here there is a whole board of people asking the same question "I have a WU pending for so long", "why is there no work" etc etc and these are all answered by some lovely users (we appreciate their patience) despite the fact that they have already answered the question numerous times.

To change your analogy what if a student asked a question in your lecture which you have just explained (fair enough) which you clearly explain again, then 2 minutes later in the same lecture another student asks the same identical question which you again explain, now imagine every student in your lecture asking that question one after another seemingly unaware that you have just answered that question n times.

We can't be on here answering those questions all the time but those lovely users mentioned above help us (again thank you to them) and answer the questions every single time.


Then perhaps it would be fortuitous to make some of these people "official" forum moderators. This would add weight to their already elaborate explanations, possibly reducing the amount of questions you would receive, as people would feel like they have received an official answer as opposed to just feeling blow off by LHC. For some strange reason some people insist on getting their information only from questions they themselves typed, ignoring previously stated answers to other people's questions, identical or otherwise. There are a number of active mods from other projects you might be able to con into the job.

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ps where in Canada is this work creation going on? Im in Canada and its not that big a country so im sure i can drop by and see what all the delay is "aboot". :)
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Message 19472 - Posted: 18 Apr 2008, 6:09:01 UTC - in response to Message 19466.  




ps where in Canada is this work creation going on? Im in Canada and its not that big a country so im sure i can drop by and see what all the delay is "aboot". :)


In another thread they mentioned that they were coming from Triumf in Vancouver.

I'm not the LHC Alex. Just a number cruncher like everyone else here.
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Message 19481 - Posted: 18 Apr 2008, 10:40:18 UTC

Yeah he is based in Triumf in Vancouver, I was over there last September for CHEP and we were meant to meet to discuss this but he couldn't make it.
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