Oh score! Now that I know where to look, I see it is even documented!
I want to +1 here as a non-power beeminder user. I have 5 goals, and 4.5/5 are integer-y (I sometimes enter non-integer datapoints on my blogging goal for writing short posts away from my blog). I found this thread because I just created a goal to send postcards to friends while travelling and it told me I need to send “0.5” postcards tomorrow, which annoyed me.
Experimenting with more new goals, and found my way here. +1 for this. All the goals I am currently toying with beeminding are integery, and so it would be good to see things like “you need to do 1 by x” so I don’t have to use extra brain power to translate the derailing warnings into actual actions.
(of course I understand that needing to do “zero point whatever” of an integery goal is functionally identical to doing it once, but the extra brain cycles are a surprisingly strong deterrent to understanding!)
Hugely valuable to get pushed on things like this. Thanks everyone! Personally I don’t feel like it’s a big deal to apply the ceiling function in my head so I haven’t thought of this as so critical but I clearly need to overcome my typical-mind fallacy and priority++ this.
@alexanian @enhughesiasm in the meantime you might be interested in Zapier recipe to automatically integery-ize new goals
Excellent! Thinking on it a little more, I realise that there’s an intuitive leap to be made that you are required to apply a ceiling function in the first place.
In case it’s at all helpful, here’s more detail on my thought process than you probably want:
I suspect the initial confusion is mostly rooted in unfamiliarity with the UI and how beeminder displays everything - as a newbee I’ve had to take a fair bit of time to understand the many numbers and graph-bits, and to figure out what’s important and what isn’t right now.
Bearing this unfamiliarity in mind, it’s easy to feel a distinct lack of threat from numbers like “0.067 due by Jan 28”, which one of my goals is currently displaying. It’s a small number which fades into the background of ‘lots of new information’.
I know it means I have to do 1 by that day, as there’s no other option, but 0.067 has little power to motivate me by itself - particularly since it doesn’t have any real-world analogue, so I have to remember to apply the ceiling function.
And the first couple of times I looked at it I misunderstood what it was trying to tell me and thought “Well, if I have to do 0.067 by then, when do I have to have actually submitted the first one?”, and nearly came to the forum looking for where the ‘real’ deadline was displayed.
Now I’ve thought it all through I won’t have any trouble realising that I’m due on that date, no matter what the number is, but that just means the unintuitiveness of that number not corresponding to anything in the real world will eventually become as invisible for me as it is now for you
Hope that helps get insight into the beginner’s mind.
That part convinced me that this is way more important than I realized. Thank you! So valuable to hear newbee perspectives like this! (Btw, this is a more than sticker-worthy contribution – tell us your snail mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll send you some!)