Survey results

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The results of a survey of BOINC volunteers conducted in 2006:

Do you run BOINC?
19741    Yes - I have been running BOINC on my computer for... 1592    less than a week
965    less than a month
4826    less than a year
12056    more than a year
12546    No - I used to run BOINC, but... 1531    I lost interest
2513    it was too complicated
2224    I stopped it and forgot to start again
4976    it caused problems on my computer
971    it used too much electricity
510    I switched to a non-BOINC computing project
35    Other
5509    No - I tried running BOINC, but... 1242    the software didn't install correctly
2488    I couldn't figure out how to use the software
1045    I had network communication problems
1928    I couldn't attach to a project
1195    I attached to a project, but never got any work
17    Other
1102    No - I never tried running BOINC, because... 261    I was concerned about security
101    I wasn't interested in any of the projects
69    I don't have permission to run it on my computer
198    No version was available for my computer
11    Other
Your participation
Where did you learn about BOINC projects? 4673    TV/radio/newspaper
5855    From friends, relatives, or coworkers
4875    Team message boards or web sites
10723    The BOINC web site
10715    Other web sites
456    Other
Which are the most important factors when you decide whether to participate in a BOINC project? 5512    Nice-looking screensaver graphics
5391    Fair and quick granting of credit for work done
1181    Getting more credit from this project than from others
2514    Helpful and friendly message boards
2374    Participation by project staff on the message boards
6757    Informative project web site
25585    The science is important and beneficial
14352    Non-profit, and results are public
7776    Personal recognition if my computer finds something
4304    Publication by the project in scientific journals
2610    Periodic email newsletters from the project
96    Other
How many BOINC projects do you participate in? 16122    1
12875    2-5
2089    5-10
1311    11+
Do you run BOINC as a screensaver? 11384    Yes
23723    No
Your usage of project messages boards: 12232    to read information
3755    to read and post information
18145    None
Where do you get information to help resolve problems with BOINC and/or BOINC projects? 11867    The project message boards
8095    The BOINC message boards
12342    The BOINC web site
851    BOINC mailing lists
3483    The Unofficial BOINC Wiki
4692    Team web sites
6498    Google or other search engines
Other
Your computers
What kind of computers do you have running BOINC? 33266    Windows
3123    Macintosh
5122    Linux
42    Other
Where are they? 34028    Home
10604    Work
965    School
25    Other
How many computers? 17761    1
14851    2-4
2847    5-9
1207    10-99
92    100+
On average, how many hours per day are they powered on? 9790    0-8
11205    8-23
14632    24
You
Age 1936    0-19
17683    20-39
15108    40-59
3160    60+
Sex 35171    Male
2195    Female
Your level of computer expertise 1116    Beginner
15349    Intermediate
21475    Advanced
Nationality 12223    United States
3810    Germany
136    Ireland
3543    None
487    Finland
3086    United Kingdom
349    Belgium
1082    Australia
203    Norway
415    Sweden
403    Czech Republic
261    International
119    Bulgaria
1764    Canada
253    Brazil
109    Turkey
494    China
934    Japan
137    Taiwan
1215    France
608    Russia
843    Netherlands
139    Croatia
69    Hong Kong
278    Austria
700    Italy
116    Slovakia
804    Poland
267    Hungary
45    Estonia
206    Portugal
177    Romania
375    Denmark
233    Switzerland
731    Spain
191    Greece
46    Puerto Rico
46    Lithuania
30    Uruguay
20    American Samoa
23    Peru
178    Argentina
62    Slovenia
131    South Africa
242    New Zealand
58    Albania
27    Luxembourg
136    India
33    Singapore
61    Algeria
62    Afghanistan
20    Latvia
247    Mexico
109    Chile
58    Serbia and Montenegro
52    Malaysia
118    Ukraine
80    Israel
25    Philippines
58    Colombia
31    Thailand
47    Venezuela
31    Belarus
29    Korea, South
25    Iran
Comments
Please suggest ways that BOINC, and the projects that use it, could be improved: 582    Show


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