Browsing through the Discourse FAQ (I just got a new badge and wondered what that was all about, so I went looking), I encountered this piece of design philosophy:
In particular, “gently land them on the deeper UI as they get more experienced.” That is: give seasoned/nerdy users that deeper UI, with all the bells and whistles and tricks and stuff you can do. Such as:
- Being able to specify any of the three parameters (goal date, total, rate) on the goal creation screen, not just the rate. (This is useful for goals such as “write 100k words by November 30.” And really hard to set up right if you have to guesstimate a rate to create it, then go in and fiddle with a goal whose first seven days are set in stone now at whatever rate you guesstimated.)
- Switching out the graph legend to display the goal’s fine print on the
Statisticstab. (Though I’d argue that this should be the setup for everyone; I put it here mainly so I can plead for it again.)
- tons more, as described in many other recent threads on the design.
My sense is that the revamp has focused on the “hide advanced functionality from brand-new users” at the expense of “give advanced users the UI elements they want and need.” So part of the pushback is about losing actual UI functionality, not just having to adjust to a new design.
I know this means more to maintain, but Beeminder’s already maintaining multiple UIs, for the different plans users are on. (On Bee Plus? Now you get a road editor added to your goal page.) I’m suggesting you extend this approach to the new-vs-advanced axis.