Is Stanford's F@H still the creme-de-la-creme for folding? Are there other more productive folding outlets these days?
It has not been for a long time, the length of which depends on what you think about Pande and his group's reactions to feedbacks and the changes in the points system over the years.
There are a lot more worthwhile research projects now, running on various platforms/apps. They all compete for people's computing cycles. That is why F@H has seen a decline, even in the largest forums. With GPU getting way more points than CPUs in F@H, a lot of CPU folders have moved on to other projects.
Frankie is a tradition, and seems to be the only thing left that can rally people around (UGN pretty much has faded).
The Model M is not for the faint of heart. You either like them or hate them.
Gerbils unite! Fold for UnitedGerbilNation, team 2630.