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Death to Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads, Part 2

Monday, February 17th, 2020
Death to Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads, Part 2

If you’re just tuning in, and if you care about this for pragmatic rather than philosophical reasons, you’ll want to start with (or stick with) our announcement that we have fully killed off auto-widening yellow brick roads. This is the part where we philosophize about why... »

Feature Unannouncement: Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads Have Gone Manual

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Feature Unannouncement: Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads Have Gone Manual

In which we explain how a big feature of early Beeminder, auto-widening yellow brick roads, was wrong-headed and what we’re doing now instead. This is Part 1 with Just The Facts and the probably-very-safe-assumption that you don’t care about the convoluted... »

Feature Announcement: General Mercy

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Feature Announcement: General Mercy

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth and derailing on a Beeminder goal meant getting a week of respite. That is still in fact the default. After derailing you get a week of safety buffer. It gives you »

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... »

Unveiling the Big Beeminder Redesign of 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Unveiling the Big Beeminder Redesign of 2016

Remember back in the day (yesterday) when Beeminder’s interface was all cluttered and intimidating and looked like it was made in 2011, by kernel hackers and accountants? Or computer scientists and behavioral econ nerds who gradually agglomerated a multiheaded beast of a system to implement their crazy lifehacking schemes. Beeminder gave the impression that you needed... »

Newbee Corner: What Happens When I ‘Derail’?

Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Newbee Corner: What Happens When I ‘Derail’?

First off, what do we mean by derailing? We mean you pass your deadline — midnight by default — with today’s datapoint in the red. Here’s an example of a... »

Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

This is a guest post by Oliver Mayor, an avid Beeminder user for going on four years. He’s a software developer who’s interested in human-behavior-shaping technology and often has pretty deep insights related to Beeminder. We were especially... »

New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

Friday, June 17th, 2016
New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

The road dial was one of the first Beeminder features, announced almost 5 years ago when we were still in private beta. It lets you adjust the steepness of your yellow brick road — how much you’ve committed to doing... »

16 Obscure Beeminder Features

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
16 Obscure Beeminder Features

It’s our first ever listicle! We tried these out in a daily and weekly beemail and even among those most hardcore users, many didn’t know about many of these features. For the average feature in this list, 30% of daily subscribers and 40% of weekly subscribers weren’t aware of it. So here they are, listed... »

Cranial Silicosis and Paths of Least Resistance

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Cranial Silicosis and Paths of Least Resistance

For those just tuning in, let’s review the Three Great Beeminder Epiphanies. The Yellow Brick Road — bringing long-term consequences near (and using the graphs as the basis for... »