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  1. Make mobile widget name the goal name, not the URL

    I can change the goal name to be meaningful to me, but can't change the URL. For instance, I started my exercise regiment using an elliptical, so set the URL as /elliptical. I have since branched out into other forms of exercise, so have changed the name to "cardio", but my Beeminder Widget still says elliptical and there's no way to change it (as far as I can see).

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  3. Extend the Beeminder API

    (This is several features but it seems easiest to put them together; I can split them out if desired.)

    I've been working with the Beeminder API, experimenting with alternate views of my goals, and there are some things that are either missing or nice-to-have:

    - The API doesn't seem to have access to the 'goal string', "Stay on the yellow brick road" or whatever I've replaced it with.
    - This is probably calculable from the given data, at least roughly, but the API doesn't provide the three-number green-blue-orange summary that shows up below the bare minimum. This would be really…

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  4. More ways to visualize our data

    The graphs are nice as is, but could do so much more! I'm imagining beeminder as not just a self-binding tool but a self-awareness tool. For a simple example, say I have goals a and b -- it would be awesome to be able to graph a vs. b on the same graph, or the sum of a and b, and look at patterns in the data. Are a and b inversely proportional (suggesting limited reserves of time and motivation), or directly proportional (suggesting independently fluctuating levels of motivation)?

    This is maybe way beyond what beeminder is intended to do,…

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  5. Data Entered Today

    I have a couple goals such as "minutes of focused work" and "push ups."

    It would be nice if there was a stat counter that showed how much data has been added for today.

    So at a glance, I can see how many minutes I've worked today. How many push ups I've done etc.

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  7. Create a forecast option to say what a value is likely to be some date in the future

    I often set a goal, and I want to know what my actual rate is compared to the goal, and be able to see the path I need to take between the two. An option to
    i) expand the graph x-axis forward to the goal date, and
    ii) have an "based on your trend, you will be/have X on your goal date" would be useful.

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  8. Have a general counter on the goals page consisting of "days since last sting"

    When one has various beeminder goals, and additional "meta-motivation" can exist by having in your goals page a counter of "how many days have you been on your road without derailing from all your active goals". In other words, It would be a great motivation to have some kind of informational display that tells me how many days ago was my last beeminder sting from any active goal. I think seeing this number increase would help reduce slacking off and stuff.

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  9. add paypal support asap

    Paypal support will increase your users

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  10. Please integrate with LiftApp

    I'm already entering habbits on LiftApp - i'd like to see that graphed and get the beeminder motivations.

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  11. Email Settings Better Defaults

    The email settings page allows very fine-grained control over settings, but adding a new goal can requires one to change the settings.

    e.g. I want to permit daily mass mailings, but don't ever want the bot to email me about specific goals (except legitimacy tests). However, a new goal defaults to email on all days.

    Solution: Have "default new goal settings" in email screen, or infer from existing goals the user's likely preference, and use that as default.

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  12. Give us a total word count version with Draft.

    The new Draft integration is great! But the fact that it counts words added OR deleted is less so. As an example: I went to correct a word and because the iPad implementation of draft is a little sketchy, ending up accidentally hitting paste -- which pasted a 5,000 word 'copy' that I'd made. Suddenly the program thought I was 10,000 words further along than I really was (it counted both the addition AND the removal.) If this is, as is claimed supposed to be for Nanowrimo, it's only the final count that matters -- no credit is given for…

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  13. Don't use font-based icons.

    I don't allow sites to load custom fonts, for complicated reasons.[*] That means that recently many of your fancy buttons became unreadable, because they're just random Unicode symbols for me.

    This doesn't bother me much so far, but it's slowly making the site unusable. Please don't put important controls behind tiny icons that might not even render. Use human-readable text. Text is a Good Idea.

    We've finally moved past Flash scrollbars and related usability disasters. Please don't be part of The Next Sucky Thing.

    </grumpyoldman>

    [*] Reasons include: "I can't read your silly/tiny/giant/messy/etc. fonts", "I have a complex font stack…

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  14. change the tweet that gets sent when I derail.

    Brene Brown (http://www.brenebrown.com/) has done a lot of research and writing about shame, vulnerability and guilt. The summary of what she's written and what I've read is that shame tends to disable whereas guilt (or reaching out for help with vulnerability) tends to enable you towards goeals.

    I suggest that instead the current message, it say something more like "hey everyone, give me hell until i re-rail on this goal. i just paid
    @bmndr $5 for derailing."

    Less shame, more requests for support

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  15. show +value in the android widget instead of day count for red / yellow / blue goals

    So in this image http://imgur.com/Gr6TUqm instead of
    ce 1d
    I'd see
    ce +0.87

    My use case: I already know how many days left I have (because of the color), what I don't know is how much I need to do (which is the thing I want to be able to pick up at a glance).

    Like for one particular goal, I have it set to 8/week, so the one day a week where I have to do it twice tends to come as a bit of a surprise. And there's a big difference between having to run half a mile…

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  16. Trust- / investment-based social deterrence

    Possibility No. 1:

    Friends will lose money when you derail, just like yourself (but not necessarily the same amount). This augments the deterrence and now your reputation is at stake.

    Possibility No. 2:

    Friends / investors pay money up-front. They only get the money back if you reach your goal / do not derail.

    Many other forms of this idea can be conceived of. I think trust- or investment-based incentives may well be the future of Beeminder.

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  17. Make 'Quick add data' available for archived goals which have been restarted

    Previously archived goals appear to be placed below the fold when restarted and are excluded from the 'quick add data' sidebar.

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  18. Beeminder App for iGoogle

    I think an app for Beeminder on my iGoogle homepage would be a great way to improve functionality of Beeminder. My idea is pretty simple. Take the basic functions of the Beeminder homepage for a certain goal and put that on the iGoogle homepage. For example, I've got a goal to loose weight. Everyday I enter my data either through email or through the Beeminder website. With an iGoogle app I could view my graph for my weight loss goal; below that I could enter in that day's new point, then somewhere in the box I could press on an…

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  19. Integrate with Flickr

    Like to force yourself to add a certain number of pictures per week to Flickr. HT @anomalily

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  20. count gmail tasks

    Like GmailZero but instead of counting messages in the inbox, count the number of items on a task list. Saves me having to count them manually.

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