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Warn if an action on the website will cause derailment

Currently, anything you do after midnight that causes the graph to refresh that isn't "add a large enough data point" can cause derailment. Just now I went to the website to add a data point to a goal that was about to derail, noted my target needed to be pushed back a week, and used the road dial before I sent the data. This refreshed the graph and derailed me. This is a perverse disincentive. I shouldn't be charged money for adjusting my goal without warning. The fix is simple: any action taken on the website that would cause a derailment should cause a popup warning to appear before allowing the action to go through. "Doing this could cause you to derail immediately. Continue?" This warning should at least cover: hitting refresh, adjusting the road dial, entering a data point that is insufficient to prevent derailment (perhaps because it has the wrong day set).

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    David RDavid R shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    started  ·  dreevesAdmindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) responded  · 

    Thanks David! You’re absolutely right and we’ve mainly been slow on this because it’s going to fixed as part of an overhaul we’re working on that will “generalize midnight”, ie, let you pick arbitrary goal deadlines. That’s easier said than done, as you can see from the elaborate spec here: http://expost.padm.us/midnight

    Btw, could you help us test how these admin responses work. Can you hit reply to it? It’s supposed to go to support@beeminder.com if you do…

    Thanks again!
    The Bee Team

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