Barfing Cats and Other Stories from Talking to Weasels in Support

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By dreeves
A barfing cat

We’ve written a lot about weaseling and cheating (combatting it, recovering from it) in Beeminderland, and about how we approach customer support. Today we thought we’d share some of our standard responses... »

Beeminding All The Things

Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Brent Yorgey
All The Things

First, this guest post is an absolute inspiration and we implore you to read it. We’ve talked about Brent Yorgey before in press roundup but we’ll assume you don’t read those and repeat our gushing in this introduction. If you don’t know him, Professor Yorgey is well-known in the ... »

The Dirty Plate Club

Thursday, February 15, 2018
By dreeves
A plate with food left on it, formed into a face

This is going to start out sounding super common-sensical but will leap to a characteristically preposterous-sounding conclusion that I, characteristically, actually believe. Not as preposterous-sounding as, say, beeminding bites, but still. The obvious part is that if you have food left on your plate but are full, it’s more wasteful (waistful,... »

Feature Unannouncement: Exponential Roads Going Piecewise Linear

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
By dreeves

We have what sounds like bad news for Beeminder supernerds who use fanciness like exponential roads, but hear us out! We’re getting rid... »

Negative Reinforcement ≠ Punishment

Friday, January 12, 2018
By Michele Gregoire Gill
Homer Simpson demonstrating the four fundamental types of reward and punishment

Prof Michele Gregoire Gill is back! In her previous post she mentioned that Beeminder, in... »

Schelling Fences on Slippery Slopes

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Scott Alexander
Fences on a slippery (snowy) slope

Special guest post by Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex! This was originally published on LessWrong in 2012 ... »