Contra Positive Reinforcement: Why Beeminder Is A Glutton For Punishment

Friday, March 26, 2021
By dreeves
A bee holding a carrot (down) and a stick (up)

Previously on the Beeminder blog: debating negative vs positive reinforcement and, in case you care about using these psychology terms correctly, clarifying that »

Beemind What You Buy

Friday, March 12, 2021
By dreeves
Bee on a shopping spree

“It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, before Beeminder existed Are you about to buy something that requires ongoing time or energy? Some things don’t.... »

What Not To Beemind

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
By Chelsea Miller
The Beeminder logo crossed out

What appalling apostasy is this? It’s not like that! Beeminder just isn’t quite perfect for absolutely everything. It’s *practically* perfect for absolutely everything. Practically perfect for a surprising breadth of things? This post just happens to be about the exceptions. It’s a sequel to both the previous post, about how “never do this thing ever” goals... »

Do-Zero Goals Considered Harmful

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
By Chelsea Miller
A dead bee on a flat graph

Look what we found in the attic! Our original Support Czar, Chelsea — known for such classics as “Beemind Easy Things” and “Weasel Heart-To-Heart” — wrote this screed in 2017. It was... »

The Burgle Bug Fairness Principle

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
By dreeves
A burglar bee

Beeminder’s bug classification system is like so: Bitty Bugs are barely bothersome. Baneful Bugs make Beeminder blatantly wrong, but not in any breach-of-contract way, unlike… Bum-steer Bugs which may make you derail by leading you astray about the state of your graph, or, worse: Bamboozle Bugs making our marketing mendacious... »

Strategy Memo: Beeminder Is Pledge-Focused

Friday, January 22, 2021
By dreeves
A bee considering a fork in the road, leading to two piles of money, one for premium and one for pledges

Since we like letting you all peek behind the curtain of Beeminder, let’s dive in with this internal strategy memo that our beeloved Queen Bee sent to the team last month, reproduced here verbatim: Howdy my sweet bee people, We’ve subjected you to a lot of polarized ideas about Beeminder pricing over the last month. Whee! I’m... »