(This started as a daily beemail last month and @mary pointed out that it really wants to live in the forum!)
Do you want to philosophize with us about how the Platonic version of do-less goals should prevent you from sticking your head in the sand and not reporting your transgressions?
Of course you do, you people eat that shchnitzel up.
Let’s do it as a STRAW POLL. Taking it as a hard constraint that do-less goals must derail if you ignore them, which approach is best:
[PPR] Pessimistic Presumptive Reports. Nice and simple, if I don’t report, Beeminder assumes the worst. Specifically, that I did twice my daily limit.
[AUCH] Auto-charge. Don’t mess with my data, just give me a countdown totally independent of where my data is with respect to the road. If I don’t report in that many days, charge me as if I derailed and keep the graph going, with another countdown. (Deadman switch still applies so eventually this will stop if you’re not interacting with Beeminder at all.)
[METAM] Meta-minding. The underlying problem is that I need to commit to entering data even when the graph itself isn’t making me do so. We can solve that problem with more Beeminder! Namely, make it easy/automatic to have a meta goal that forces me to enter data on the main goal at whatever frequency makes sense for me.
I think those are exhaustive. We have to derail you, so we can either do it directly (AUCH), do it with data (PPR), or do it with a separate goal (METAM). Anything I might be missing there?
Here results from the daily beemail folks:
[METAM] Meta-minding: 10 votes
[PPR] Pessimistic Presumptive Reports: 5 votes
[AUCH] Auto-charge: 4 votes
But I’ve concluded that AUCH is no good. Too much machinery and UI complexity and special cases and confusion. Unfortunately METAM, which may be the most principled and Beeminder-y and QS-y solution, has a long-ish list of prereqs before it will be sufficiently newbee-friendly, which means we’re probably stuck with PPRs for a while. (I mean, some of us genuinely like them. Also we’ve been improving them markedly lately, as you can see in the changelog – roughly http://beeminder.com/changelog#3147 through http://beeminder.com/changelog#3167 ) In any case, there are a lot of exciting things related to meta graphs in the future.