Posting my very naive question here. There have been a lot of changes in the past year. One of them (decisions around road colours and the meaning of weekends etc) led me to completely stop using Beeminder for a few months. I’m back now — BM is too much embedded into how I work, it seems — and I’m still stuck with a question about colours.
I’ve posted about this in the past and I think today’s question is related, but not fully answered by my previous post. Things have solidified since then and I think there’s meant to be more consistency with how BM deals with this issue.
Thing is, I don’t understand it. Is there some canonical place where the BM gods describe what the colours of goals do or mean on the web version?
We have green and orange and blue and red. We also have ‘weekends off’, which does something to the ‘road’ (has the concept of a road been retired? I vaguely recall reading something along those lines? or was it the yellow-brick road?) which means that you won’t derail on weekends.
But if you set a goal to weekends off, weird things start happening to colours on Thursdays and Fridays.
In the past I used the colours of goals to know when to work on a goal in order to stay on track. I think this new (new as in, dating to the previous year+) BM behaviour has changed this so I have to keep in my mind what rate I need to complete during the week in order to not have to work on the weekend.
Right now, I can get my goals to green on Thursday and Friday (expecting to not have to work on those goals over the weekend, if they’ve been set to this) but then see that they’ve turned blues and oranges overnight. Then I find myself working on Saturdays and Sundays. It seems that this workflow will no longer be possible; that’s fine / I’ve made my peace with that. But I don’t understand what colours stand for, then.
So, I’m asking my naive question: what do colours mean in Beeminder?