Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends

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Today's Target: Goals

There’s a NWatchman out there flagging goals for deletion who has no understanding of how the system works. They have been flagging some goals today with the following comment:

“goal created by spammers for spam. every user is a spammer under this goal. delete the goal and loads of spam will de deleted,”

Getting a goal banned by the system does not affect the users who have the goal, nor the entries underneath the goal. It just keeps new users from adding the goal. The goal still exists, as does the entries underneath it. It doesn’t remove the goal from users’ lists who already have the goal. And those users can continue to make entries under the goal.

If you want to get rid of the spammers, you have to flag their accounts and get them banned from the system. Banning a goal doesn’t do it.



Also worth mentioning

is that someone on NW has been writing something about the goals creating “avenues” for spammers to get onto the site. That’s not true. If you delete one of their regular goals, they will just create another. Or use other existing goals. I actually prefer the spammer using the “name” goals- at least they’re easier to recognize that way, and they aren’t using popular goals like “travel the world” to fill up with spam.

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Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends


Everyone who adopts a goal before it gets banned will still have it on their list. Now if you get banned yourself, that’s a different story.

If you need help adding a “banned” goal to your list after it’s been “banned”, let me know. I’ve added quite a few “banned” goals and written entries on them after they were “banned”.

Todd Schoonover has gotten 13 cheers on this entry.


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