Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder)

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Love the way you think! In the meantime do you think it would work well enough to point friends/family at your goal (and turn on public datapoints) so there's at least a chance someone would notice if you changed what you'd committed to?

    Also, if you have an iPhone, have you tried GTBee? http://blog.beeminder.com/gtbee

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Yikes, thanks so much, Matthew! It works for you in other browsers?

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Recall that the service we're providing is taking your money. Not that the service happens to take your money but that the taking of your money *is* the service we're providing. It kind of turns the WIIFM paradigm on its head. :)

    Actually, I say "recall" but presumably we failed to make the depth of the craziness clear, which is really good feedback for us (for real, thank you!).

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Thanks for the bug report! Are you seeing this every time or just for newly created goals?

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    4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Ah, makes sense! I agree this is a good idea then. Thank you! I'm not sure how we should prioritize so we'll see if it gets more upvotes. Thanks again for explaining.

    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Why not just use net calories? If your Fitbit flex isn't reporting any calories burned then net calories and calories consumed will be the same thing, right?

    (There are probably reasons it would be good to be able to beemind calories consumed directly; I just want to make sure I understand.)

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Well said, and I like your phrasing! This is currently moot as we don't support the tweet-on-derail thing anymore (that was part of Chirpify, which stopped doing Twitter-based payments) but I'm keeping this idea around since at some point we'll want to reimplement that without the Chirpify dependency. Thanks again!

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Alice points out in previous admin response that shift-enter is also commonly used to get an explicit newline without submitting so this might be confusing.

    But it may be that alt-enter is the right answer here. Note the discussion in the comments about tab+enter and tab+space, which is my own preferred solution.

    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Another user requested alt-enter, citing Gmail as a website that implements that. If that's standard then I think we should support it. (I see that the only shortcut that works here in uservoice is tab+space or tab+enter.)

    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Tab+space also works pretty universally. That's what I use, for example, for sending in Gmail, or for submitting this comment...

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    This is a beautiful idea. Thank you so much for writing this up! First, here's the link to our argument against anti-charities: http://blog.beeminder.com/anticharity

    Next, I always like to see if a new product or feature idea can be approximated without actually implementing anything. [1] In this case, could you trial this idea by setting up a Beeminder-vs-Charity bank account where all your money earmarked for charity goes, and which you also use as the funding source for your Beeminder goals? Now derailing on your goals is palpably redirecting money from children with cancer (for example) to Beeminder!

    Does that capture the spirit of this?

    [1] Related idea: Email-first startups. http://ryanhoover.me/post/43986871442/email-first-startups

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Thanks for this idea! That sounds similar to just zooming in the graph every week (which you can do with "X-min" in the goal's basic settings. Is the key to make that be automatic? Also maybe related is Retroratchet: http://blog.beeminder.com/glossary#retroratchet

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Good point! Though usually the very short name from the URL (the goal slug, as we call it) is what fits better for the widget. Also, changing the URL is actually possible with a premium plan. http://beeminder.com/premium

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    For now the y-axis is the only place but that's a great point. We should expose it in Settings!

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    I think this is the more popular version you're looking for: http://beeminder.uservoice.com/forums/3011-general/suggestions/2308878-put-a-link-to-all-my-other-graphs-on-each-graph

    Maybe we'll close this one (the title is a bit confusing anyway) so people can reallocate their votes to that one.

    I also wanted to make sure you knew about the Quick Add data entry box in the sidebar of the goal gallery. Do you strongly prefer going to the actual graph page instead of entering things there?

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    15 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    @Chris, agreed! In the meantime you could cron something to run every Friday and Sunday that flattens and unflattens the road for the following weekend. We'd love to discuss that more -- support@beeminder.com -- so we can start thinking about how best to support that use case more conveniently. This is related to ongoing work on our Generalized Road Dial: http://expost.padm.us/dial .

    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Sam, well said! In the meantime I personally like the approach of making sure I get into the green by Friday so I can do nothing Saturday and Sunday. That's like a commitment device within a commitment device, since if I don't make it into the green then I'll have to put in some weekend hours.

    But we do want to solve this and make it convenient to always have flat weekends.

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    planned  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Addendum: no more Chirpify payments so we're upping the priority on supporting Paypal directly!

    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Agreed! In the meantime, note that we do accept Paypal, indirectly, via Chirpify.

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Repeating from Akratics Anonymous:

    Have you ever wanted to beemind a ratio, like being on time to more
    than half your meetings? Someone asked how to do that recently and I
    didn't have a good answer but our own Alice Monday had a clever
    suggestion:

    Make a Do Less goal for tardiness that has a rate of zero [1] and then
    every time you're late you enter a 1, but every time you're on time
    you enter a -1. (If you want to enforce less than 50% tardiness then
    being on time might only be a -.5, ie, you need to be on time twice to
    balance being late once.)

    Slightly convoluted but I think it would work. Has anyone tried such a
    thing or have better ideas?

    [1] Or 0.00001 since it won't let you create it with a rate of exactly
    0, though you can change it to exactly 0 with the road dial after it's
    created.

    PS: You could have the slope be, say, 1 per week which would mean you
    have to keep your lateness ratio below your threshold *but* you also
    get one freebie lateness per week. If you have lots of appointments
    that wouldn't affect the ratio much.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Ah, yes, a true vacation mode. This is a good idea. Related suggestion: http://beeminder.uservoice.com/forums/3011-general/suggestions/5727017-allow-global-vacations

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Did you watch the video on the frontpage? Also we have http://blog.beeminder.com/newbees (which we're thinking we need to replace with a series of newbee guides for various specific kinds of goals). We could definitely use more feedback on this; really appreciate it!

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    I think you're right, but one possible reason is just consistency. If we always have that 7-day delay, even for successfully completed goals, then you'll always expect and never be surprised by it.

    An even weaker argument is that often you didn't really "successfully complete" the goal, you just bumped into the goal date and having it hang around another week is Beeminder being all "are you *sure* you don't want to restart this goal instead of getting rid of it?"

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    4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    I think I'm sold on this! Just not sure how high a priority it should be. Maybe get all your friends to upvote it? :)

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    This is really smart, at least in theory. Sounds like the core idea is, roughly, don't color the dots, color the regions of the graph instead. But not sure how that jibes with "yellow brick road"... Have to think about this. (And eager for more feedback!)

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