I think making private graphs a premium feature is really unappealing.
That’s a very big deal for something like this, where you’re tracking your
private data so closely. I think that’s a minimum requirement and tend
towards avoiding signing up (free or otherwise) to websites that require
money to keep my info private.
I’m even more put off by the idea of auto-quit being a premium feature.
Auto-quit is a safety measure for people who aren’t comfortable with just
trusting that everything will work out great. (Not only should it not be
premium, I still think it should be the default (even if it prompts an
email after a week or two that says, “Hey, would you like to remove the
auto-quit on this goal?” or something like that. The risk should be opt-in,
not opt-out, IMO.).) These kinds of “please don’t hurt my credit card” are
a matter of users feeling safe and should never be hidden behind plan
walls, I think.
Fine print is just a part of the contract. I don’t see it making sense
behind a wall either.
The other stuff is fine, but take away anything that so drastically reduces
the (feeling of) safety or usability of Beeminder and you’re introducing a
major barrier for the new user to overcome when there’s already a steep
learning curve and a ~lot~ of scary opt-out settings.
Weasel-immunity should be in the $250 plan, if at all. Beeminder needs to
keep some teeth, I think, or it won’t be useful for us and, though we all
think we’d be perfectly good, I would be reluctant to have that power
granted to me.
I can think of several graph- and privacy-related features (and some from
other categories as well) that I’d love to see added and so think they’d be
great additions to the various plans, but that I’ll save those for later.
On Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:52:02 PM UTC-4, Daniel Reeves wrote:
This is super valuable feedback! Let me quote ourselves from
blog.beeminder.com/premium (under “No Carrots For You”):
Seriously, we are all about the stick. We do not intend to hold
important features as dangling carrots. Premium plans are still an
experiment but we’re committed to keeping the non-premium Beeminder a
highly functional tool for maximizing the awesomeness of humans prone
to procrastination and other forms of akrasia. In fact, the only
things that we’re going to charge for are:
- Features that directly thwart our revenue model, i.e., unlimited
freebees and free short-circuiting (or in the future: choosing the
beneficiary of your commitment contract )
- Things that may confuse newbees (we’re not sure yet whether
customizable retroratcheting and auto-ratcheting fall in this
- Goodies that are incidental to the process of beeminding, like fitness
- Things that cost us money to provide (we may make the SMS bot a
premium feature for this reason)
I hope I didn’t overcommit us with that. I no longer think that “the
free version of Beeminder must be a fully functional anti-akrasia
tool” is an important principle. I might like the idea that anyone
who’s at all serious about Beeminder should be premium, which is
obviously not the case now. In any case, here’s a list of possible
current features to make premium:
- SMS bot (HT dyang)
- Take A Break
- fancy data nerd features like turquoise swath and moving average
line (HT Paul Fenwick)
- private graphs
- no-mercy recommit
- fine print
- panic threshold
- goal unit rescaling
And here are potential future premium features:
- choose a beneficiary or at least charity percentage
- zeno SMS (could also think about international SMS, which costs
more and has to be set up for each country in twilio)
- super exclusive google group (maybe akratics anonymous could
become that after moving to discourse?)
- expose more advanced settings
- weasel-immunity (opposite of weaselproofing, where you can
self-service cancel charges and undo recommit)
- expose more advanced settings
- profile badges? (HT dyang)
- early access to new features? (HT dyang)
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