In the recent thread about jargon, Danny made a promise:
oh my goodness, yes of course “yellow brick half-plane” is just a codename, not something newbees ever need to see. … So when the transition is done there will be no concept of “yellow brick half-plane”. It will just be how Beeminder works. Again, the name is only needed for the transition.
Then he went and wrote a blog post about the yellow brick half-plane, right where the newbees can see it To celebrate our new technological world order, I propose peer-pressuring Danny et al into adopting a new terminology and never saying YBHP again!!
I personally see this as an exciting moment to adopt a whole new metaphor that accurately embraces what the line on the graph really is. I personally oppose “yellow brick road” because, 1, it’s a US-specific cultural reference; and, 2, you’re not supposed to follow the line, you’re supposed to avoid crossing it, so it’s a US-specific cultural reference that doesn’t even make internal sense.
I propose “bright line” as a starting option. Boring, but gets the job done, and accurately describes what it is. Then we have “right side of the line” and “wrong side of the line” for the zone, and “crossing the line” for derailing.
How would you describe “how Beeminder works”?