Seinfeld Chain Indicator
Get some sort of visual feedback when you have an unbroken chain of daily data entries.
If you break the chain the indication is removed and the graph reverts to standard layout. This way the feature would function as an extra layer of motivation via gamification.
The feedback could consist of a band of color and/or a text-box with number of days with unbroken chain.
Description of Seinfeld Chains:
Mirabai Knight commented
I really want this. Beeminder is great at enforcing minimums (which is the most important thing), but not at giving brownie points for extra work done (which not only makes it more fun and motivating to do more, but there's the issue of building up an antimotivational safety buffer, though I'm hoping retroratchet will help with that to some degree). Having an additional bonus game on top of beeminder's minimum-enforcing safety net would be amazing.
A very unintrusive way to implement this idea would be to use the already existing days-on-track-bar:
If you have an unbroken chain of daily entries for more than n days, then it changes color to bright green and the text changes to "# consecutive days on track!" or something like that.
Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented
Ooh, relevant excerpt from http://blog.beeminder.com/flexbind ...
Such is the powerful psychology of “don’t break the chain”, also known as the Seinfeld hack. But the Seinfeld hack’s greatest strength is also its fatal flaw: Once you do break the chain, all the motivation it provided bursts like a bubble. You’ve got to somehow motivate yourself to build up another long chain to not break. Until then you’re on a “one more day won’t matter” slippery slope of sloth.
But this is a cool idea for maybe having the best of both worlds! I'll discuss with Bethany et al and also see if this gets more upvotes. Thanks so much for the idea!