Choices are Bad: The Anti-Settings Principle

Thursday, July 30, 2020
By dreeves
Bee holding a 'no settings' sign

What’s the most absurdly provocative way I can put this? Never imagine what your users will want! Apps must only ever do one single thing! If-statements considered harmful! Yes, this is all pretty rich coming from the people who built a goal-tracking app with, if I’m doing this math right, multiplying out all the various settings… 73,728 types of... »

The Anti-Robustness Principle

Thursday, July 16, 2020
By dreeves
A bee accidentally toppling a card house

This is another tech nerd post. Normal humans seek cover!   Abstract: Fail loudly and immediately.   (I sure hope all the normal humans took cover already because that sentence sure would sound different to them than to us! I also hope this isn’t all too obvious... »

Beeminding the Fuzzy Friends

Friday, July 3, 2020
By shanaqui
Bee in a bunny suit

If you’ve read my introduction post, you might remember the Support Buns. If you haven’t, well, I have three rabbits whose calling in life is to jump onto my keyboard and type sage advice to all users, given even a quarter of a chance. Let... »

Announcing TaskRatchet: Like Beeminder for Your Todo List

Monday, June 22, 2020
By Nathan Arthur
A bee with a wrench and a todo list

Nathan Arthur (narthur) has been beeminding for over two years now, brilliantly and prolifically. He’s also no small part of what makes the Beeminder forum the wonderful place that it is. And now he’s built an... »

Announcement: The Yellow Brick Half-Plane Has Arrived

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
By dreeves
A bee looking at a literal yellow brick half-plane and math equations

Until today Beeminder had a fundamental design flaw that was baked in from literally day one. The first line of code for what would become Beeminder was to... »

The Anti-Magic Principle

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
By dreeves
A bee wearing a wizard hat and magic wand

Being a fan of overly provocative titles, I was tempted to title this “If-Statements Considered Harmful”. Meaning that it’s so tempting to add little bits of intelligence to your app to make it do the... »