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Beeminder disappeared from Google Play store?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beeminder.beeminder

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Yup! Woke up to an email from Google saying it had been removed, and we’re working on getting it reinstated.

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And we’re back!

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Great
Next question - how do I sign in on the Android app with Google Sign-In?

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Ah, unless that’s changed really recently (and @adamwolf can correct me on that), this isn’t possible at the moment – you’ll need to log in on web, create a username and password, and then log in using that on Beedroid. Sorry about the inconvenience!

EDIT: Me saying “create a username” is due to having given that advice somewhere else way too often. You already have a beeminder username. Ignore my mental script. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Why was it removed though? Did we speak out against China?

We don’t know! Well, sort of we know: there was some hoop we hadn’t jumped through with specifying our target audience. But we haven’t done that for our other apps and Google hasn’t cared so our suspicion is that the person who gave us a one-star review the other day because the concept of Beeminder is offensive to them or something reported us and that triggered automatic enforcement of that target audience thing.

If those of you who think Beeminder is the bees’ knees could add your own review to counterbalance that “stupid idea, one star” review, it would sure help us!

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Looks like I had already put in a 5* rating. Elaborated a bit with a review. Not sure if that helps.

As I’ve said in the past, I wouldn’t be able to take the stress of having your stuff reviewed by a bunch of random internet people. Sometimes it feels like people giving a 1* rating to a restaurant because they ordered soup and they don’t like soup.

… You just don’t like soup… Don’t buy soup. The soup was great.

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That latest user who gave the 1-star review complained: “when you set a milestone per day, like run 1 mile per day, it’s not per day. You run 5 miles today, then for 5 days you don’t need to do squat.”

It’s worth noting that if you want to enforce running 1 mile every day, there are tools like autoratchet and aggday cap1 that can be used for that.

I see you’ve been on Yelp.

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Can you share what exactly was missing? Is there some minimum age required to include financial-related content (derail penalties)?

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Google Play requires apps to specify if they target children, and specific age brackets of childre, in order to enforce other rules about targeted advertising and other things. We don’t do any of those things, but there was a box we hadn’t checked in the configuration.

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@dreev this is probably good info to note that someone was frustrated enough about not being able to figure this setting out that they gave Beeminder 1 star