Credits vs SETI@home classic workunits?


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Message 1343867 - Posted: 7 Mar 2013, 22:37:36 UTC

What is the difference between them?

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Message 1343909 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 0:12:19 UTC - in response to Message 1343867.

Credits are the new thing from BOINC. You get a variable amount of credits for each task that you return correctly.

The old SetiClassic work unit count was never translated to credits, as that was impossible, as back then both quick tasks and slow tasks would just yield the count of 1 when finished. Impossible to figure out how many quick ones you had and how many slow ones. So they weren't translated, and just left as a memento on your account. Just like a sports year will start from zero every year.
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Message 1343924 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 2:21:53 UTC - in response to Message 1343909.

Ah, I was a bit upset that all my previous work counts for naught until you mentioned the sports analogy...not I completely understand. :)

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Message 1346025 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 6:32:42 UTC

But unlike a sports year, you retain your "classic" score forever, and your credits just keep mounting up.
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Message 1346028 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 6:47:40 UTC

A little background as to why the change.
The Classic system only worked when there was one project, so when "BOINC" was introduced, with the potential for a large number of projects there was a need for a standardised scoring system to allow you to add up all the work you do across all prjects. And so the "Credit" system was born.
"But why not transfer all my Classic score into credits"? Simple answer, there were some very bad boys and girls out there who found ways to grossly artificially enhance their score....
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