It’s not often that I argue for more complexity in a user interface, but I’ve got plenty of cases where I want my standard goal settings but not my standard reminders, or vice versa. These two things seem like they ought to be distinct, and I suspect that there are only two classes of thing: eep-day behaviour and goal-settings.
To be clear, I love that new goals default to my default settings. In particular, I love that I can have reminders mostly off and no mercy turned on. These things make me more productive, and reduce my frustration after creating a new goal, because inevitably I forget to change the techno-behavioural settings when I’m focussed on the purpose of the goal.
Yesterday, I was unaccountably surprised by a pledge increase after a derailment. Here’s how it went down:
One fine day, I had happily configured my default derailment settings, thinking in my head about new goals.
Another day, I had happily configured my default reminder settings, thinking in my head about existing goals.
Then I decided to apply those reminder defaults to all of my goals.
It didn’t cross my mind (despite the derailment settings being on the same page) that I’d just inflicted my default pledge cap on all of my goals, including the ones with currently lower caps.
On the plus side, I now have a concrete reason to re-evaluate each goal and whether it’ll be more effective to have it on the default-everything plan or the special-snowflake plan.