Pessimistic Presumptive Reports (PPRs) are kind of controversial, for good reasons. (If you’re just tuning in, see our 7-year-old blog post where we introduced them.) Here’s a just-crazy-enough-to-work idea that @mary put in my head today: What if we replaced the PPR setting with a much simpler and much more draconian auto-derail setting? Like instead of PPRs that derail you by gradually eating through your safety buffer if you stick your head in the sand, we just force-derail you immediately if you hit your deadline without having entered data for that day. It’d be like an ultra-PPR, but wouldn’t touch your data.
If you don’t use PPRs currently then this wouldn’t affect you. You’d opt out of auto-derail just like you opt out of PPRs. So my question is for those of you who count on PPRs to make their do-less goals meaningful. (And especially for newbees who don’t know what any of this is but would have this as the default.) How would you feel about the more hardcore auto-derail where you had to enter data by the deadline or else?
(I should also clarify a hard constraint before people get too creative: A do-less goal, unless you explicitly opt out of this, must make you derail if you ignore it. As naturally happens with do-more goals that assume you didn’t do anything if you ignore them.)
I’m personally (as user-me) nervous about this proposal because on, for example, my sugar goal I generally let PPRs come through and then every couple days I correct them if I can or let them stand if I can’t. But now that I’m saying that out loud it sure sounds lazy and dumb and I think user-me would welcome the greater discipline of a red goal screaming at me to enter my number by the deadline. It becomes like any other beemergency that way.
What about scheduled breaks, you ask? It’s already the case that you need to turn PPRs off before going on vacation. (Actually there’s a trick you can use to give yourself safety buffer for a vacation without turning off PPRs but it’s obscure enough that it might as well not exist. The right answer to this is a future feature we call True Breaks.) So with auto-derail you’d just also have to remember to turn that off before going offline for more than a day. Either way, that’s quite bad but the point is it’s not really worse than the status quo.
PS: This would also solve a corner case discovered by @grayson where a change in slope in your road can mean that PPRs take way too long to derail you.