@dreev’s objection to the safety buffer idea, which I agree with, was:
But several other users have noted it’s really the colors that matter:
So I’m advocating for @Tarn’s suggestion here (but without the U in color please ), because…
Why not both?
Let’s have a color-ratchet setting that would make the motivating colors appear earlier. That way, if you’ve saved a few days of buffer and want to keep the buffer instead of retro-ratcheting, you could color-ratchet so that orange -> blue -> green would correspond to 4 days -> 5 days -> 6 days, but beeminder would still be displaying the correct number of days and would remain brutally honest.