Suggestions for future contest applicants:
Jul 15, 2015
1) The CoLab system will drop you and erase everything you did in this session with no warning after 30 minutes, whether you've been typing the whole time or not! I finally had to set my cellphone's countdown timer to beep me after 25 minutes after retyping the same thing in about 8 instances. 2) All info has to be manually typed. There is no such thing as COPY/PASTE, even within your proposal! 3) Never try to insert any pictures, links or references using the tools provided. The system will only lock up and erase that session. You can't even log out! 4) Never double-click on anything! System lockup will probably occur!
Jul 17, 2015
2) seems to have been implemented partially already. At least I am not able to use copy/paste from other documents. Perhaps this problem is only with Explorer. Yes, I am know, that no one should use Explorer, but this is the only browser I can use on my current computer, as I am not allowed to install other browser by myself.
Jul 22, 2015
Hello, Thanks for posting. The first issue you described is unfortunately a timeout. We realize that it may be inconvenient for users to run into such timeouts - they are necessary at our current state because our resources are limited and every active user requires some of them. If a user appears inactive for half an hour (by not browsing), our server frees the reserved resources and opens them up to other people. Shortly before this happens, a yellow message bar is displayed that notifies such inactive users about the impending session loss. We would be happy if you retried entering your idea into our system, every idea might be the one that could bring us a huge step forward to solving climate change. A lot of the other issues you are describing seem to be from the use of Internet Explorer. I would strongly suggest using a different browser. If these issues persist with another browser, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for being a part of our community! Thank you, Annalyn Bachmann Visiting Student with the Climate CoLab