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Slytherin 404 Errors

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Slytherin 404 Errors

UPDATE for webdev nerds: We realized we meant “403 Forbidden” rather than “401 Not Authorized”. Here’s a little information leak we noticed and fixed some months (ok, the better part of a year — blush!) after we publicly launched in late 2011: Say our user Alice has two goals. One is her book reading... »

Beeminder in the Wall Street Journal Every Five Years

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Beeminder in the Wall Street Journal Every Five Years

Guess who’s covered in the Wall Street Journal again! You’re very good at guessing. It may not count as the front page this time (unlike last time) since this front page article doesn’t start talking about Beeminder... »

Barfing Cats and Other Stories from Talking to Weasels in Support

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Barfing Cats and Other Stories from Talking to Weasels in Support

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... »

Feature Unannouncement: Exponential Roads Going Piecewise Linear

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Feature Unannouncement: Exponential Roads Going Piecewise Linear

We have what sounds like bad news for Beeminder supernerds who use fanciness like exponential roads, but hear us out! We’re getting rid of exponential roads. I know, gasp! We’ve already migrated the small number of exponential roads... »

Beeminder Is Sixy!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Beeminder Is Sixy!

The last year has flown by like a swarm of bees. We do one of these blog posts every year and they’re kind of a mix between a family Christmas letter and a state of the union address. We’ll spend a while congratulating ourselves on the charming new babies we made this last year, we’ll... »

Press Roundup: 99 More Things The Internet Has Said About Beeminder

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Press Roundup: 99 More Things The Internet Has Said About Beeminder

The time has come (the fandom said) to talk of many things. Of books, podcasts, and articles. Of victories and stings. With little further ado other than to point you to our collection of the last 10 press roundups we’ve done, here are all the nice things people have been saying about Beeminder... »

The Bee Team Goes To Amsterdam

Friday, June 9th, 2017
The Bee Team Goes To Amsterdam

Hallo onze vrienden! The Beeminder founders and Lillian and the founders’ kids, and other Beeminder friends from Portland will all be converging on Amsterdam next week, from June 15 through June 21st, for... »

Our Label Ontology For Issue Tracking

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Our Label Ontology For Issue Tracking

UPDATE 2018 March: We made some changes! Like changing “REQ” for “feature request” to the semi-standard “RFE” for “request for enhancement” (because the former looked too much like “required” or “requisition”). And adding the “ABC” label for non-technical contributors. See also the comparison with GitHub’s default labels at the end of the post. UPDATE 2018 July: OMG, the... »

Press Roundup to Trump All Press Roundups

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Press Roundup to Trump All Press Roundups

Last week we had a reporter contact us looking for examples of commitment contracts involving Donald Trump. She was wondering if anyone uses anything Trump-related as an anti-charity or... »

The Shirk & Turk Principle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
The Shirk & Turk Principle

The tagline for Amazon Mechanical Turk is “Artificial Artificial Intelligence”. As in, faking your AI by using humans. Mechanical Turk is named after the contraption in the title image, which was a seeming chess-playing automaton from the late 1700s that was secretly operated by a small human hidden inside. But this post isn’t about Amazon’s nifty service or... »