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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A question about this goal: Please clarify the community guidelines of "keep it clean" and "don't be creepy" for the neighborhood watch. Where does one draw the line? Are we talking about accounts that only have sex related goals or should one not have any sex related goals? April 19th, 2007 08:10


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Neighborhood watch is about catching problems, but not about censorship or social control. For example, if somebody has a goal related to his or her love life, that is not an appropriate reason for a flag. If somebody is threatening others or posting pictures that are not “work-safe,” that warrants a flag and further examination.

So here are the ground rules as I understand them:

-Just adopting the goal “Have Sex” is not appropriate grounds for suspension.

-Posting obscene photos is appropriate grounds for suspension.

I am not sure about posts that explicitly describe sexual acts. They fall between the extremes. Robots?

Yeah there are a few accounts out there that simply have a long list of goals describing different sexual acts and fetishes. I think most people would probably agree that those violate the “don’t be creepy rule” but beyond that I’m not sure how one should vote to be fair in order to avoid undue censorship.

With “don’t be creepy” I would suggest a test like “are they doing something to you that felt creepy” like commenting on your goals in a sexual manner or uploading inappropriate photos. The test should not be can you search and discover someone on the site you think has creepy goals.

If you go looking for it, you are bound to find it.

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