I asked my co-writers through email what we should do with true commercial projects, like Shoft and Gridfinity, should they be visible in amongst the list of projects, or be ignored (as I have done so far).
Answers thus far:
Jakob Creutzfeld wrote:
Well, my first thought was (and still is): No. But on a second view, I think it's necessary to inform (and warn) other volunteers of a commercial mis-use of BOINC software. I would put them in a special category, something like "WARNING! Commercial use projects ahead! Use at your own risk!", so it's there as a kind of warning for those who doesn't know that these projects are of commercial content (or abuse).
On the other hand, how can one be sure that e.g. rosetta doesn't turn into a commercial project, as soon as they have found a cure against e.g. cancer? Will those gravitational waves occasionally found by Einstein@home turn into a top secret army thingy when detected? Is it save to upload my placemark to pirates@home or will they come and plunder my gold?
AFAIC, putting them in a special category is ok, by only as a short warning, no detailed infos about those projects needed.
I think BOINC was made to support research that have no economic support, such as basic research (proteins folding, gravitational wave search, ...). I think it is very important and has not been seen before, now scientists can do research with BOINC huge computer, and most of them could not be done without this supercomputer. But there are a part of research made by companies that is made to obtain profit, but also benefit everybody. For example, farmaceutical companies which do not do research on some diseases because it is not profitable, companies related to the green energy, ... By other side I think research about things like how win money in stock changes, ..., which are only profitable to the company should not be shown.
I also think people who see a project in Boinc Faqs has to be able to see if the proyect is for profit or not (in BOINC survey most of people say they are linked to it because have public results an is for public interest), so they can choose if link or not, and if it is a company proyect what makes for people to crunch their workunits.
My personal opinion is that one should not show the projects that get richer
thanks to the free work of the volunteers.
If they are earning money thanks to the volunteers, this projects should spend a little of their profits make their own FAQ services, advertising and marketing to attract volunteers and assume it as a cost.
If we included them, I think we will be doing free advertising and marketing.
This is just my personal opinion. I gladly accept any decision taken at last.
What do you think?