from today’s beemail:
If we’re like Twitter where everyone understands that everything’s public by default then it’s fine. If you assume everything will be private then it’s bad to bury the “make goal private” checkbox in advanced settings.
I think I just convinced myself to move that back to Basics (also to better shape expectations that goals default to public). In which case the public data checkbox should go with it.
I think Beeminder is going against the trend where services that handle personal data such as weight or to-do lists or anything that Beeminder can handle know through IFTTT and Zapier are by default private 100% to any access without a login and even without a “person is my friend” connection. I would do some survey on newbies on what their perception was when they signed up.
on “what are the chances someone will stumble on your goal”
Here’s a nightmare scenario - A stalker that follows you on Twitter can Google your username, finds out the Beeminder page where you use the same username and now has a good view of your habits (I think I just scared myself into making all my goals “secret” :))
“Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” doesn’t really explain anything
A global setting for all goals would be handy. In fact, nearly all settings should have a global equivalent that you can massively set for all goals.
If you want to have people easily share with friends, you can always add a “share with friends” feature that allows access on a special link (see Google Drive, Apple Photos, etc)