Okay, there are plenty of ways to donate. And the donor gets to decide. This is why I don't like big organizations that you "sign up for", or one big agency that burrows their way into your managements' heads and has money taken out of your pay. They expect the money every week/month/year regardless if they did a good job or had a lot of scandals or made poor progress on something. And when they don't get their "protection money", they flood you with mailings and sometimes phone calls! So now I now send all mailings from United Way and American Red Cross back to them in their own postage-paid envelopes, marked "no solicitations please".
I prefer to make my donations in other ways. Attending (or serving at) a dinner/dance with an auction. Food to a food bank. One-time cash in the collection plate at a church that I will never attend on a regular basis (always in a plain envelope with no way to trace it back to me). Folding.
I think anytime a donor starts feeling like his donation is either not appreciated or not put to proper use, then of course he should stop donating to that organization. This is why I never donate money to any agency affiliated with The United Way. Their past heavy-handed ways, bad treatment of some good charities and nonprofits, and "recommended" donation levels put a bad taste in my mouth for years. I may never get over it with those people.
Here is a link to the "papers" page at F@h: http://folding.stanford.edu/home/papers
I also put a time limit on my donations. My personal rule is "no open-ended arrangements". I am not a bottomless barrel and I am not a sheep to be shorn or a cow to be milked on a perpetual basis. I usually limit my association with any given agency to a year. For F@H, I've decided on a "five year mission", because after all, it's a much longer journey.
Constant review and ongoing re-assessment is important for us all to do, but Khali, I try to avoid becoming so excited about a couple of forum thread postings that it makes me want to leave. If you are going to leave F@H, make it for other reasons. Tangible reasons. Other massive computing projects will no doubt have their own thorny patches, and really when all is said and done, we humans get good at what we practice. If we practice getting miffed, then it won't be long before everything and everybody miffs us.
Some forums are just brusk, but remember also that these are university projects. You may be dealing with some institutional hubris. Even in good people, it's unavoidable in a university setting. So when you go to their forum, maybe you can think of it like you're visiting another neighborhood. Community dynamics are not the same everywhere. When you go into a tough neighborhood, you may have to put on the old coat and a snarl. And don't think you have to pick up their litter...
And of course, if you think they're not treating you well, then SAY SO. That's why forums have PMs. And if that doesn't work, then appeal to the forum community. Stir it up, make some noise, and have a little fun along the way.
Anyway Khali...good luck in your quest.
I use Bionic exclusively. they have vastly better projects and pande is a doodoo head...
A "doodoo head?" Are we five now?
Personally, I like the point system. We are by nature a competitive species, so there has to be some kind of benchmark, or we'll get bored and just end up drooling and sucking our thumbs in the corner.
For thousands of years we have kept score in all areas of life, because it helps measure our progress and success. It may sound tough but I'm okay with this.