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🎆 New Year's 2019 Survivor Challenge

In this case, you could still be a winner in the second tier, but in the first tier, a derailment is a derailment!

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Agreed. I’ll give our first update early in the coming week, and then regularly (biweekly?) from there. (@hmowilliams has wanted to do that and I hadn’t provided her with the info she needed for that yet.)

Voilà:
mary.commits.to/provide_an_update_about_survivor_by_tuesday_at_9pm

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I’m a little confused. From the webpage:

And even in the contest, all is not lost if you derail — you’ll end up below the fold in the gallery of survivors and get a lesser prize. But derailing twice at the same pledge level means you’re off the island altogether.

Is “below the fold” the same as “the second tier”? If so, the webpage seems to indicate that multiple derailments prohibit you even from being a winner in the second tier.

Multiple derailments at the same pledge level. The second tier has us following the pledge schedule.

@mary

Still confused - what do you mean by “lost-lost”? And why did you need to not continue in order to keep it in the second tier, if that killed its eligibility?

@mary

I’m sorry - I still don’t understand about the tiers and pledge levels. :thinking: :confused: :thinking:

@mary

Trying to understand. Here are a few examples:

  1. So say you derail once at $5 and the derailment was not legit. Does that goal now fall into the second tier, since you’ve derailed once? Or is it still in the first tier, since the derailment was not legit?

  2. Say you derailed at $5 and the derailment was legit. Then you derailed again at $5 and the derailment was not legit. What happens? What if the non-legit derailment came first?

  3. You derail at $5, it wasn’t legit, but you increase the pledge to $10 anyway. Then you derail at $10. What happens?

  4. On Jan 1 you had a max pledge of $10 set. Say you derail at $10 twice. What happens?

  5. On Jan 1 you had a max pledge of $10 set. You derail at $10 and lower your pledge to $5, then derail at $5. What happens if:

5a. You’d derailed at $5 last year;
5b. You’d never derailed at $5.

Quick answers to the numbered questions but check out the blog post – http://blog.beeminder.com/survivor – for the official rules!

  1. Still in 1st tier.
  2. Still in the 2nd tier.
  3. Still in the 2nd teir.
  4. Lost-lost.
  5. Lost-lost.

Recap: Ultimate survivors are the ones who don’t (legitimately) derail all year. And if you do derail you’re still a quasi-survivor (shown below the fold on beeminder.com/survivor) and get a lesser prize, as long as you follow the pledge schedule. So each derailment has to be at a higher pledge than the last. If you derail after hitting your pledge cap or lowering your pledge then you’ve lost-lost.

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Thanks for the detailed answers!

Can you raise your pledge cap after hitting your max pledge so you don’t lose-lose?

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An update on the Challenge:

We started with 159 goals.

Still in the top tier: 144
In the second tier: 14
Out: my one sad, little goal

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I mean that it’s out. Can’t win. That’s all she wrote.

I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking, but I didn’t continue with the goal after it derailed because it was too difficult given some things that were going on at the same time for me, so I didn’t need to because of the rules or anything, if that’s what you were asking.

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If you cap your goal and derail after hitting your pledge cap, you would lose. But yes, if we noticed before it was too late, we’d remind you so you’d have the option to keep it going, but we might very well not notice! We’ll be as helpful as we can, but keeping within the rules of the competition is ultimately up to each player!

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These two Survivor goals are still private and should be removed from the competition:

Not private
[EDIT by @mary: These goals were in fact set to public by the user and we’re going to be working on fixing something that caused them to show up as private in the Survivor page.]

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I’m a little confused. Did anything ever come of this challenge? It said in the blog post that half way through the year there would be an update, but I never got notified of anything and find nothing past January? Is it all dead? :confused:

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It has survived! And it looks like you have 2 goals that made it. Nice work! Stay tuned for the official results!

We’ve sent various updates in beemails and Twitter but apparently we failed to email the survivors directly so far. But that will happen when we have your prizes!

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I’m afraid I didn’t end up picking prizes in July as planned, but not only is it not dead, SO MANY PEOPLE had goals that survived, and the confirmed winners will be announced on January 15th, along with the prizes! And then we’ll get everyone’s addresses and send out the goodies!

(We have to go through many of the roads one-by-one to confirm that they didn’t get easier over the year and that any derailments were not-legit, etc., which is why we can’t just confirm the usernames of the winners today!)

I was inspired by how many people made it through the whole year with their survivor goals! It gave me a boost to keep going on a couple of other goals that were hard, instead of archiving them or making them easier, a few times through the year.

Who says people can’t keep a resolution?!!

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As promised, here are the winners and runners up in the Survivor Challenge, as well as the graphs that are out!

WINNERS!
adamwolf/dates
adamwolf/pocket_age
adamwolf/pocket_count
adba/survivor_challenge_2019
akasylvia/readmorebooks
apolyton/expenses
apolyton/rt-productive-time
apolyton/strava-calories
ardeibel/run_2019
astrotsarina/4millionsteps
bggriffith/workout
bkam/meditate
bkam/pages
blissfullyhappy/mindfulness-and-meditation
blissfullyhappy/reading
blissfullyhappy/spread-love
bwiderski/learnsongs
cantor/steparoo
cdanmyers/lessdistractingtime
chris_s/audible
chris_s/teaching_company_lectures
clarissalittler/music
codesections/meditate
dehowell/monthly-review
dehowell/weekly-review
ellalux/declutter
ellalux/japanese
engung/fcc
engung/morning-routines
erm1001/yoga
flemir2/amazon
florismk/studypiano2019
fryhole/workout2019
gandwar/workouts
giovanni/toads
grayson/steps
hazelross/meatless
hazelross/portfolio
hazelross/skincare
icole/steps2019
ishdhand/deepwork
jackkelly/projects
kaystj/reading
kaystj/stepssecondattempt
kevchoi/meditate
khawk/gym
khawk/trello
kyrillpotapov/do
lrt512/2019running
mary/evernote
mercella/book_pages
meta/uvi
ndanda/swimming
ndanda/water
nekera/instagram
quintrino/anki
ravyn1983/social
robertrhr/meditate
royragsdale/c500
sara4767/nomorecocacola
sethherr/bikemindit
shala6/bodyweight
shala6/fat_grams
shala6/potato
shanaqui/crafttogether
shanaqui/gameofbooks2019
sharadk/10taskperday
sharadk/3wheatfreediet
sharadk/blog2019
sharadk/exercise30minaday
sharadk/lesstimeonmobile
tham/duolingo-spanish
tierrabluebird/100words
tracy_reader/exercise
virb/piano
virb/sew
virb/study
virb/workout
woahitsjc/runcreytersstore
yebyenw/arabiya

Tier 2 Runners Up!
apolyton/french
b/steps2019
blatherwock/fiction_reading
fryhole/duofrench2019
gandwar/meditate
tierrabluebird/sugary-desserts
veggiemoonbeam/start
virb/alarm
wrightjor/run

Out
aian/daily-reviews
aian/gym
aian/mti-toggl
angiecarrillo/videocontent
azules5/medito
b/lift
b/mind
bkam/write
bthom/alarm
bthom/fitness
bthom/personalreading
cchaleff/750words
cogentinvalid/gamedev
cruciferiouscael/giving
cxenzi/meditation
cyndi/mindfulminutes
d/push
danielvhvs/running
dave42w/intermittentfast
engung/healthy-lifestyle
exclamation_mark/training
faire/smugglethefirecracker
fly/read
fryhole/readdaily2019
gabrielmundo/writerman
grayson/strength
hallix/watchzerotv
harlequix/goldenmorning
hazelross/projects
ianj25/leads
iwilldoityesyes/ankidays
iwilldoityesyes/pushups
jhoger/walking
joshpitzalis/bodyfat
jquel/workout
justanotherjon/meditation
katetheodonate/spanish
khawk/2019miles
mangoman/goodstartandfinish
mary/meditation-mh
mary/strength-mh
mindery/meditation
phantom4d/headposture
phi/kitchen
phi/weight
phi/workout
reaper/code
rtkt/meditation
rtkt/rsctme
rtkt/sleep
rufajstos/smartphoneuse
rufajstos/wakeupat5am
sara4767/piano
sara4767/workout
sethherr/rideit
shanaqui/ufos
sprachprofi/reading
spunthread/personalspending
spunthread/stitchtime
sss/stretching
superingrid/1000ord
sylvaintran/make_progress_on_the_project
tr23/worktime
watch/pointzzzz
zacharius/git-commits
zedmango/corninchaff
zedmango/dualnback
zedmango/gtd
zedmango/laundry
zedmango/leaves
zedmango/press
zedmango/sit
zedmango/squat
zerotimer/meditation
zerotimer/reading
zerotimer/run
zheard/guitarpractice

If you think you’re in the wrong category, please let us know and we’ll double check!!

(For complicated reasons, each graph had to be checked manually, and then we had to go through the not-legit emails for the year for all of them, as well as checking a few other things, so it’s entirely possible that one or two got improperly categorized!)

Stay tuned for the prize announcements later this month, after I’ve confirmed availability and delivery information with the suppliers! (I’d hoped we’d get that to you all by today as well, but I’m afraid the task of cross-checking all of the winners turned out to be a bit on the mammoth side!)

I know I’ve said it before, but I just want to re-iterate how psyched I am about all of the graphs that made it all the way through the year. Congrats folks! You really earned the win!

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Well, that was tough (the swimming part, – never again!). Can’t wait to get my prize!

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Hi again!

There will be a few minor changes to the list of winners above since there were a few goals that were marked as winners who in fact hadn’t won (oops!). We’ll be in touch via email, though, so no need to keep checking back here to see if yours was one of the (tiny handful of) goals that were wrongly categorized. And thanks to the users who pointed out that they weren’t supposed to be in the winning category, allowing us to find bugs in our detection tool!

Meanwhile: PRIZES!
Ultimate Survivors are going to get a power block to charge their devices, some sticky flag booklets for your analog needs, and some unique stickers to stick wherever they’d like, to show off the survival of their resolution with pride! They’ll also get some premium time! Users who were already premium at the time we took a snapshot earlier this week will see their premium memberships upgraded to the next level for 8 months, and users who aren’t will get a 6-month upgrade to Infinibee. If you’re a Beemium subscriber already, we’ll be giving you your next 3 months for free!

Tier 2 Survivors, those who derailed but still persisted, will each get a 4-month upgrade to the next premium level. (Or a 3-month upgrade to Infinibee, if they weren’t premium members already.) They’ll also get some of our classic Beeminder stickers. These won’t proclaim a Survivor victory, an honour reserved for the Ultimate Survivors but, like your commitments to your resolution goals, these stickers will stand the test of time. (Mine have survived the dishwasher for about 3 years!)

We’ll be in touch with the winners to get your addresses as the time to ship out the goodies approaches.

Thanks for playing along in our little competition, and I hope you’re all geeked up about your resolutions and goals for this year too.

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