• LociOiling

    Fun with functions

    January 22, 2018 by LociOiling

    Dedicated Foldit wiki watchers may have noticed a flurry of activity around the pages documenting the Foldit Lua functions.

    Some of this activity was prompted by questions in chat. Many of the pages which detail the workings of each individual function simply didn't exist. In Foldit Lua functions, you'll see the missing pages as "redlinks", meaning you'll be asked to create the page if you click on the red link.

    Another chunk of updating was prompted by the new pages making the old pages look bad.

    There are a few stylistic and technical enhancements involved. I've been trying to apply these consistently on the new and updated pages, but it's still a work in progress. Here's the list, presented here so I don't forget if nothing else.

    First, the…

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    New Year's Resolutions

    January 3, 2018 by LociOiling
    1. make this a better wiki.

    The new puzzle types, including the Alfatoxin challenge, the classroom puzzles, and the sketchbook puzzles haven't really found their into the wiki yet.

    .]] Nevertheless, since it's a new year, and since it's a refreshing -15° C outside, there have been a few new additions.

    There's a new Sidechain Bonding Gallery and a companion Sidechain Bonding Table, fulfilling some of last year's resolutions.

    One of the classroom puzzles featured ribonucleic acid, so there's a new RNA page, and even deep-dive into RNA backbone.

    Deoxyribonucleic acid has also showed up in a couple of intro puzzles, so there's now a DNA page just to keep things balanced. (The intro puzzles don't allow the recipes used to explore backbone, so the DNA …

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    Foldit for Beginners

    April 29, 2017 by LociOiling

    There's a new Beginner Puzzles page, which links to the detail pages for the six beginner puzzles that run in constant six-week rotation. The detail pages have also been updated and expanded.

    Over at Foldit central, there's a new forum post Get Started Playing Foldit!, which replaces the beta_helix's HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND START PLAYING FOLDIT! from 2010. The new post was one of Inkycatz's last official acts, and a few spots (like anywhere you see a Foldit download link) still point to the beta_helix classic. Inkycatz assured us that those links will get updated eventually.

    The next step here in wikiland is getting our own "start playing Foldit page" done. There's still not a good map on how to move beyond the intro puzzles. The How to get star…

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    Totally Scripted

    April 11, 2017 by LociOiling

    When I started playing four years ago, one of the most confusing parts of Foldit was scripting.

    The sample recipes in the cookbook were all GUI recipes. It was less than clear that there were two types of Lua recipes, V1 and V2, which use different functions. The was no mix-and-match between the two versions, so adding V2 functions in a V1 recipe is a no-go.

    The wiki didn't do a lot to reduce the confusion. A lot of the scripting pages were written before version 2 of the Foldit Lua Interface was introduced. There was a lot of information, but not a lot of guidance.

    So at long last, it was time for an overhaul. It's still a work-in-progress, but here's what we have so far.

    The beginner scripting tutorials have been completely revised and conve…

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    Wiggle Room

    March 18, 2017 by LociOiling

    I thought I understood wiggle and local wiggle, but my ideas didn't match what I found on the wiki pages.

    After some chatting with Susume, alwen, and Formula350, I finally did a little testing. (As Susume pointed out, "wiggle is determinate".)

    The big surprise was local wiggle. In the original interface, when you right-click (or control-click) and select "Wiggle" from the wheel menu, you get local wiggle. If you click on a sheet, it local wiggles the sheet and any adjacent loop sections. The wiki had the local wiggle part correct (although not super-clear).

    In the selection interface, if you double-click on the same sheet, it selects the sheet and adjacent loops. But when you wiggle, you get global wiggle. Even though it's wiggling the same segm…

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