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: The last 2 times I used the Challenge Yourself feature, I completed the goal before the deadline, but when I went back and looked afterwards it had "(failed)" next to the goal. What am I missing? I hate having that word "failed" there. July 5th, 2007 09:09

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Hmmm … that doesn’t seem right. I see what you mean. Are you marking the goals as complete before the expiration day? Thanks.

I noticed it on my list, too…I think what is going on is that if you check them off on the last day, say when the timer says X-hours left to complete it, it counts it as failed. That’s what I did with the one that reported I failed when I didn’t.

Thanks, I’m sort of glad to hear it happened to someone else. I guess the thing to do is to add an extra day when I set the completion time. Having that word “failed” there under the circumstances is just torturous.

Luna is taking a break from 43T. She will be back :)

I had not seen this feature before. One of my goals I remember checking it off a DAY BEFORE, not hours —the other goal I’m still not done with it, so that one fully deserves the failure tag, but the other one I was so proud of… that’s a downer :(

Yup, the first one I wasn’t sure, but I went back through my entries and definately had 5 hours to spare. The second one I still had an hour to spare. Thanks for answering :)

Aha—because it’s so close to the end date I’m guessing it’s a time zone issue. Where the cutoff date is set to a timezone ahead of you. That’s my theory at least. I’ll check with Buster when I seem him today. Thanks for the information.

Ohhh! (light bulb goes on). Thanks for looking into it!


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