After changing my timezone to get back in line with where I actually live, I went to tweak some of my deadlines to put them back at the real-life time I’m used to. I realized in the process that I can immediately set a deadline later (ie, not subject to the akrasia horizon). In other words, if I were having an eeep day and just needed another hour or two, I could get it by changing the deadline.
Is this intentional behavior? If so, is it possible to keep nudging later until you’ve actually bought yourself a day?
This is called snoozing your deadline and you can only do it more than 6 hours before the deadline. Source: Deadlines can't be snoozed anymore
This seems to be a day for longstanding users to discover places where we don’t strictly enforce the akrasia horizon.
The less analytical among you may have used these features without realising when they were technically ‘breaking the rules’ while keeping with the spirit of your commitment.
I was able to do it 50 minutes before the deadline, so the second part of your statement doesn’t seem to be true.
I did get a lovely “We’re watching you! Are you sure you’re not weaseling?” email afterwards, though, which I appreciated.
Huh… I’m pretty sure I let myself derail at least once because I didn’t think I’d be allowed to edit my deadline that close to it happening
In effect, your unwritten fine print prohibited you from even trying.
I think that’s fine. More than fine. Fully in keeping with the type bee personality.
So much beeminding relies on us mustering just a bit of self-control and not probing the weaknesses that may lurk in quirks of the implementation (whether buggy or deliberately lenient).
I absolutely agree. After all, if one has no self-control, they can fudge a week’s worth of data and be off the hook. I usually find Beeminder to be the right balance of “I could get away with not doing this” and “… but I’d really only be cheating myself.”