Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder)

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    I'm not thrilled about that specific example because I'm really big on the "QS First" principle: Beeminder should be graphing the most interesting, richest possible data. It's a Quantified Self tool, with commitment contracts on top of that.

    So "total number of points" is inherently more interesting than "days in which any points were earned".

    Still, in general I like this idea and there are many cool things you could do with more flexible autodata.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Re: legit check emails, see my reply here: http://beeminder.uservoice.com/forums/3011-general/suggestions/5741615-tell-people-when-you-take-money-from-them-wasn-t

    For account cancelation, here's where we're at: http://expost.padm.us/byebyebee

    And definitely let us know at support@beeminder.com whenever something seems awry.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Yeah, having stats like that only in the hovertext is dumb. And the confusion about the accuracy of the average rate is that it's the average rate of the yellow brick road, not the actual data.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Smart. One answer to this is to use the "automatically trim safety buffer" checkbox, currently a premium feature. Will keep thinking about this.

    One consideration is that we always want Beeminder to be foremost a Quantified Self tool. So if you actually did more than 1 point (or whatever) on that day then the graph should absolutely reflect it. It should be a meaningful graph of real-world data, in other words. I really hate it when people have fine print that conflicts with that. (The worst is fine print that says they can add a "1" under certain exceptional circumstances where a "1" did not in fact happen.)

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Great question, and this is actually a common point of confusion with so-called exponential roads (which are indeed available for custom goals, which is one of the Bee Lite premium perks). Occasionally someone tries to set up a yellow brick road where the steepness automatically increases by, say, 10% each week.

    Unfortunately, exponential roads can't be used that way. They can be used for weight loss, for example, when you want the daily or weekly decrease to be a function of your current weight (we recommend a max loss rate of 1% of your weight per week). But we don't have a way to make the rate depend on what the previous *rate* was. I think the confusion here stems from the fact that Beeminder is plotting the cumulative total on the y-axis. Having the rate depend on that cumulative total doesn't make sense.

    What we recommend is that you just manually nudge the rate every week with the road dial. We think you'll find that's not as onerous as it sounds and that you'll want to reassess the steepness of your road weekly anyway.

    Again, you don't actually want exponential goals unless the rate depends on the current value being plotted on the y-axis. Which doesn't make sense when the cumulative total is what's being plotted.

    Something like "losing .3% of your bodyweight per week" (much more realistic than the ultra hardcore 1%/week, btw) is where it does make sense. Or like our meta graphs where we want to grow at some percentage per week.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Ah, thanks for asking this! We actually do have clarifications for these things but now that you mention it, there's no way you'd guess it... Those things are included in the legend on your goal page, but only if you turn them on. So, for now, the way to read about these things is to try turning them on and then go look at the legend on the goal page. You're quite right that we should have the explanations as tooltips at least on the settings page. Thanks again!

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    We're having trouble reproducing this. Are you (or anyone) still seeing this?

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Thanks, good suggestion! Workaround in the meantime: create a Beeminder password (Your Account -> Settings -> Password) and then log in to the iPhone app that way.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    I'm getting a 500 error when I try to sign up for pomodorowebapp.com

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Note that by default the graph itself is public (though only linked to from your own gallery, which is not linked to anywhere by default, so not especially public) and the datapoints are private.

    Personally I'd prefer the other direction, where everything was public unless I choose to make it private. I can totally see how I might be in the minority on that!

    I also take the view that you can just have the best of both worlds by choosing esoteric/cryptic names for goals that are embarrassing.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    What about giving Beeminder a private key for an account that has enough funds and Beeminder does a transfer if you derail?

    I should note, though, that there is apparently exactly zero demand for this, based on the balance of the bitcoin address on http://beeminder.com/donate

    It still may be a good marketing move, as Karlson points out. But I'm not inclined to prioritize it unless there's some clamor from existing users.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Great point. What we're eventually trying to do though, if we can figure out a way to do this right, is to get rid of the whole notion of the bull's eye and reaching the end of a road. Most goals are in fact open-ended. Even (or especially) a weight loss goal of getting to your ideal weight is really a goal of getting there and then staying there indefinitely. Most of the time reaching the end of a yellow brick road is actually a case of Beeminder dropping the ball on its mission to make you ever more awesome. It would be better if ending a yellow brick road, whether declaring victory or crying uncle, was something you only ever do explicitly.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    You're totally right, and it's totally Github's fault. http://developer.github.com/v3/oauth/#scopes … They don't have a full-read/no-write scope.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Ooh, interesting, so you want to customize your akrasia horizon. I'm skeptical though! The theory here is that, yes, you can be lazy and end your goal but only if you're sufficiently forward-thinking about your laziness. Are you really that forward-thinking about your laziness? Why would you decide not to work out next week unless you had a good reason? Especially given that you're already on the hook for this week. Why not keep working out next week too?

    I feel like this works especially well for workouts. I often would rather sit on the couch *right now* but as for next week, I totally want that version of me to be on the hook to get some exercise. So I'm never inclined to flatten my workout goals.

    Eager to hear if you feel like that reasoning doesn't hold up in your case.

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    This is absolutely right. There's just a specific reason we've been slow to address this, and I'm not sure it's actually relevant anymore, so I'm glad you brought it up! Originally it was very confusing if you went to your goal gallery and didn't notice you weren't signed in. If you had an emergency day on a secret goal and you went to your gallery and saw no goals in the red you'd think you were safe. With the masked-bee secret goals, you immediately see that you need to sign in to actually see where you stand.

    Probably the solution is to make it obvious in other ways if you're signed in or not, but that takes some thought... Unless it's already a non-issue. Is it? I'm not sure anymore...

    In the meantime you could perhaps employ snark. "Oh those? I'm beeminding my murderous rage fits when people (or governments) invade my privacy!"

    (For real though, really appreciate the feedback here.)

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    It's true you can do this with a custom goal, which is a premium feature -- http://blog.beeminder.com/premium -- but it may also work to create a weight loss goal. Let us know if you try that!

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    In the meantime, check out this IFTTT recipe: https://ifttt.com/recipes/91249

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    Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented  · 

    Voila! http://blog.beeminder.com/glossary/#archive

    (Not the best place for explanations like that but it's a start! Keep asking questions!)

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