Open letter to Predictor@home sign now

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a message from the undersigned people represented (or formerly represented) at Predictor@home:

After long discussions across various forums around the BOINC communities (in English: http://www.boincstats.com/forum/forum_thread.php?id=1898 in German: http://www.boinc-team.de/portal/showtopic.php?threadid=1237 as well as in French: http://forum.boinc.fr/boinc/Lesprojetsdistribues/PredictorHome/censure-predictor-home-sujet_389_1.htm) we would like to make you aware of the following things.

One of your employees, David Lee Braun, Manager of Computational Facilities and Administrator of the forum at Predictor@home, has repeatedly violated principles that are considered as essentially democratic and ethical just by the BOINC community:

- Deleting posts and threads on the forum that neither broke the forum rules, netiquette nor current law. The deleted posts asked critical questions about the way he did his job.
- Banning participants from the forum, who publicly voiced their concerns about the way David Lee Braun handled the issue of the unauthorized distribution of BOINC software through trojan-like attacks to unsuspecting computers participating in Predictor@home
- Banning whole IP address ranges from even accessing the Predictor server to prevent the expression of opinions
- Affronting whole groups of people in the forum (calling them a "mob")
- Deleting teams at Predictor that protested against these actions by using the team name "Banned for Life"
- Libeling members of one of those teams by illegal imputation of criminal activities against Predictor and calling them "malicious hackers" (as of now, there has been no evidence presented or a person named)
- Arbitrary deletion of participants' accounts at the project. The reason that was given to those users - if there was any - referred to the critical questions posted in the forum and to the imputations mentioned above. Many of those participants consider the granted credits as some kind of reward or badge of honor for supporting the project.

We, from the teams mentioned above, are shocked, frustrated and worried about the listed issues in equal measure. Furthermore we see not only a massive damage to the reputation of Predictor@home, but also to the Scripps Institute as a whole. All of your participants willingly gave their computing time, their electricity and hence their money to Predictor@home to support a reasonable scientific project.

However, the above mentioned incidents have persuaded us to stop any further support of Predictor@home, to speak publicly about the above events, and to warn about what's happening at Predictor@home project. We are sad that it had to go this far, but in none of the above mentioned cases were we able to see any cooperation or willingness to discuss matters on the part of David Lee Braun.

Despite all that, we are still willing to talk about all of these issues and to receive proposals of how to resolve these problems.

Your formerly enthusiastic volunteers

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Christian BlanchardBy:
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The responsible persons at the administration of Predictor@home (http://predictor.scripps.edu/) at Scripps Institute (http://www.scripps.edu/)

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