Before 2017 slips out of mind, here is a list of all the things that happened in our first year as it has whizzed by
March. BashTheBug is sent to the Zooniverse beta-testers to check it is easy to use. Over 600 experienced volunteers do 30,262 classifications, most of them in less than a day. BashTheBug also turns up at the Science Museum in London.
April. BashTheBug is launched! At the end of the first day, new volunteers have done 7,724 classifications. There is a press release, lots of tweeting and some mentions on websites. Towards the end of the month, we have our first example of a volunteer spotting something that all the laboratory scientists missed.
September. BashTheBug wins the Online Community award of the NIHR Let’s Get Digital competition! As a result, BashTheBug is interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford and featured in a mini-podcast. We finally work out to upload the pesky ethambutol images.
November. Half a million classifications.
Overall, 8,670 people contributed a total of 580,161 classifications to BashTheBug in 2017! Thank you everyone.