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1) Message boards : Number crunching : New PrimeGrid Policy - Monetization of BOINC credit (Message 121934)
Posted 914 days ago by Cheema
I don't think there's any conspiracy so much as there were curious observations that some felt needed to be addressed. I think a PG Admin being involved with CE was quite noteworthy. Regardless, thanks for clearing it up.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : New PrimeGrid Policy - Monetization of BOINC credit (Message 121921)
Posted 914 days ago by Cheema

Mike and Jim have already given the relevant information. However, I'd like to add both that as an Admin I fully supported this decision and to offer one of my reasons for that support beyond those stated. All of BOINC (not just PG) is supposed to be run on hardware that is either owned by the user or hardware that they have permission to use. Just plain credits is usually a very low incentive for anyone to risk such actions (that might well be subject to criminal penalties) that violate this policy. Monetizing credits, however, provides a much stronger incentive for this to occur. There is no way to detect this on the PG end of things (i.e., real machines returning real and valid results, just illegally used).

Beyond the potential bad press to PG and possible subpoena of PG data and even volunteer personnel, this flies in the face of how to do science. I am a scientist in real life, and we have various safe guards to check such activity (often that come at substantial costs in time, personnel, and money). Such safe guards are beyond the capability and resources of PG, and thus, the policy against monetization of credits is the best step.

Could you please comment on a couple interesting assertions currently floating around some of the message boards?

-One or more Primegrid Admins are also Admins of Charity Engine, one of the largest contributors (And therefore earners) on Team Gridcoin
-The fact that Primegrid will be removed from the whitelist will benefit Charity Engine even further by increasing its magnitude from other projects
-There is no mention of Gridcoin anywhere on CharityEngine's website.

Reading into this has left me feeling like this might be a conflict of interest. Could someone here clarify?
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