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    It is awesome that we can export all our data and then analyze it to our hearts content with whatever tool we want. Nevertheless, I think that having some additional visualizations of our data right on beeminder.com would be very convenient and useful to many users. Many users might not be too familiar with tools to process data dumps and might thus miss some interesting insights from their data. I'm not suggesting providing many different fancy visualizations, but just a few basic ones, like a bar graph, line graph, and calendar view where for each day you can see the recorded value for that day. Allowing to select more than one goal to plot on the same graph would also be nice. I'm basically thinking of providing some visualizations similar to the ones provided by
    http://askmeevery.com/

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    David Gessner commented  · 

    I am a happy Beeminder user and I wanted to say that I am against using money as a reward.

    First of all, I feel that Beeminder already has a reward system: if you over perform, you earn safety buffer, i.e., you earn time that you can take off in the future doing something that you enjoy. Second, and maybe this is just me, but getting all my goals on the green side of the road already makes me quite happy. When I see that all my goals are on the green side, I feel that I have accomplished something, which makes me happy. The effect is even stronger for goals I have been working on for a long time. They make me think "look how productive I have been for all this time!".

    But more importantly than the above, there is behavioral research suggesting that rewarding people with money can actually be demotivating because it can destroy intrinsic motivation. It is a bit counterintuitive. Maybe the following example helps. Think of something that you already enjoy doing. Now if someone offers you a dollar for doing that task, there is the real danger that in your mind that task now becomes work: in your mind it gets shifted from something you do for fun to something you do for money. Moreover, it becomes something that you do for a very low amount of money. In other words, it becomes very low-paid work and doing low-paid work is demotivating.

    I'm not necessarily against rewards in general. But I don't think that rewards should involve money.

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    “Started” may be an exaggeration but this no longer seems hard and is bubbling to the top of the list of priorities…

    Rough sketch of the plan: Put the countdown to next derailment next to or in place of the “bob is minding” heading, which avoids the problem of someone accidentally burying an eep goal. And then kill frontburner/backburnering. And then add tags and sorting by whatever you like — tag, time-to-derailment, pledge, goalname. For tags you could specify in the url, like bmndr.com/bob/tag/foo (same as the blog).

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