synopsis of the rules for a beeminder contract

Here are the new rules for a Beeminder contract. Speak now or forever
hold your peace!
Details are at bmndr.com/contract

  1. Be on your yellow brick road every single day or you lose.
  2. If you’re in the right lane today you’re guaranteed not to lose tomorrow.
  3. If you don’t report then Beeminder assumes no change from yesterday.
  4. You can change the steepness of your road at any time for any
    reason, with one week notice. (This is built in to the interface.)
  5. You can pause your road immediately in case of emergency.
  6. Most important: Safety first. No intentional dehydration or
    powering through despite an injury or any violation of medical advice.

And two additional rules specific to weight loss:

  1. No peeking – if you step on the scale, Beeminder has to know about it.
  2. Your official weight for the day is the average of all the unique
    weights reported that day.

PS: Since some of you have been clamoring for details on the Akrasia
Horizon and Road Dial, here’s a glimpse at a current rough draft:
http://yootles.com/expost/ahorizon


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

Thanks for all the offline feedback, everyone! (And don’t be shy
about reply-alling. This is meant for discussion.)

Recall the big discussion about the no-peeking rule. Melanie just
solved that for us:
Just remove all mention of peeking. It should be intuitive that it’s
against the spirit of the commitment (the very first sentence – and
the whole point – is “I will stay on my yellow brick road every
day
”) and trying to make it explicit probably does more harm than
good.

Reminds me of a PSA in the NYC subway: “Don’t do this!” with a picture
of some teenager riding the subway by clinging to the outside of the
door.
Would not have occurred to me that that was possible!

On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 19:31, Daniel Reeves dreeves@umich.edu wrote:

Here are the new rules for a Beeminder contract. Speak now or forever
hold your peace!
Details are at bmndr.com/contract

  1. Be on your yellow brick road every single day or you lose.
  2. If you’re in the right lane today you’re guaranteed not to lose tomorrow.
  3. If you don’t report then Beeminder assumes no change from yesterday.
  4. You can change the steepness of your road at any time for any
    reason, with one week notice. (This is built in to the interface.)
  5. You can pause your road immediately in case of emergency.
  6. Most important: Safety first. No intentional dehydration or
    powering through despite an injury or any violation of medical advice.

And two additional rules specific to weight loss:

  1. No peeking – if you step on the scale, Beeminder has to know about it.
  2. Your official weight for the day is the average of all the unique
    weights reported that day.

PS: Since some of you have been clamoring for details on the Akrasia
Horizon and Road Dial, here’s a glimpse at a current rough draft:
http://yootles.com/expost/ahorizon


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

Just wanted to say " Great - just what I need. Thank you so much. Making real progress here thanks to the magical YBR"
Sent from my iPad2 that didn’t have to be forfeit for falling off the road!

Sent from my iPad

On 31 Jul 2011, at 17:53, Daniel Reeves dreeves@umich.edu wrote:

Thanks for all the offline feedback, everyone! (And don’t be shy
about reply-alling. This is meant for discussion.)

Recall the big discussion about the no-peeking rule. Melanie just
solved that for us:
Just remove all mention of peeking. It should be intuitive that it’s
against the spirit of the commitment (the very first sentence – and
the whole point – is “I will stay on my yellow brick road every
day
”) and trying to make it explicit probably does more harm than
good.

Reminds me of a PSA in the NYC subway: “Don’t do this!” with a picture
of some teenager riding the subway by clinging to the outside of the
door.
Would not have occurred to me that that was possible!

On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 19:31, Daniel Reeves dreeves@umich.edu wrote:

Here are the new rules for a Beeminder contract. Speak now or forever
hold your peace!
Details are at bmndr.com/contract

  1. Be on your yellow brick road every single day or you lose.
  2. If you’re in the right lane today you’re guaranteed not to lose tomorrow.
  3. If you don’t report then Beeminder assumes no change from yesterday.
  4. You can change the steepness of your road at any time for any
    reason, with one week notice. (This is built in to the interface.)
  5. You can pause your road immediately in case of emergency.
  6. Most important: Safety first. No intentional dehydration or
    powering through despite an injury or any violation of medical advice.

And two additional rules specific to weight loss:

  1. No peeking – if you step on the scale, Beeminder has to know about it.
  2. Your official weight for the day is the average of all the unique
    weights reported that day.

PS: Since some of you have been clamoring for details on the Akrasia
Horizon and Road Dial, here’s a glimpse at a current rough draft:
http://yootles.com/expost/ahorizon


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

The new debt deal from Congress looks like a big Beeminder contract (come up
with deficit reductions by Nov or start cutting military spending). Score
one for Akratics Anonymous!

On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@umich.edu wrote:

Thanks for all the offline feedback, everyone! (And don’t be shy
about reply-alling. This is meant for discussion.)

Recall the big discussion about the no-peeking rule. Melanie just
solved that for us:
Just remove all mention of peeking. It should be intuitive that it’s
against the spirit of the commitment (the very first sentence – and
the whole point – is “I will stay on my yellow brick road every
day
”) and trying to make it explicit probably does more harm than
good.

Reminds me of a PSA in the NYC subway: “Don’t do this!” with a picture
of some teenager riding the subway by clinging to the outside of the
door.
Would not have occurred to me that that was possible!

On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 19:31, Daniel Reeves dreeves@umich.edu wrote:

Here are the new rules for a Beeminder contract. Speak now or forever
hold your peace!
Details are at bmndr.com/contract

  1. Be on your yellow brick road every single day or you lose.
  2. If you’re in the right lane today you’re guaranteed not to lose
    tomorrow.
  3. If you don’t report then Beeminder assumes no change from yesterday.
  4. You can change the steepness of your road at any time for any
    reason, with one week notice. (This is built in to the interface.)
  5. You can pause your road immediately in case of emergency.
  6. Most important: Safety first. No intentional dehydration or
    powering through despite an injury or any violation of medical advice.

And two additional rules specific to weight loss:

  1. No peeking – if you step on the scale, Beeminder has to know about
    it.
  2. Your official weight for the day is the average of all the unique
    weights reported that day.

PS: Since some of you have been clamoring for details on the Akrasia
Horizon and Road Dial, here’s a glimpse at a current rough draft:
http://yootles.com/expost/ahorizon


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com