SMS bot needing the dang goalname specified each time


#1

You know how the SMS bot needs you to tell it the goalname for each datapoint even when it just prompted you for a goal? That’s dumb and annoying, right? [1] When we were fixing something – beeminder.com/changelog/#2448 – with the SMS bot the other day I realized how easy the goalname thing would be to fix too if we just assumed that you only ever tell the SMS bot about a datapoint for the last goal it prompted you about.

It could even the be best of all worlds:

  1. Leave out the goalname if it’s for the goal the SMS bot last prompted you for
  2. Include the prefix if not
  3. You could even ask Beeminder about a goal by texting just the goalname – ie, prompt the bot to prompt you – so you could then text again with data for it with no prefix

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[1] We actually have a feature that makes this much less annoying – beeminder.com/changelog/#467 – but I feel like it’s so undiscoverable that it almost might as well not exist. Though we do tell you about it if you text HELP to the bot.