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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Bedhead2Problem with my 43things page

It looks like your email address () hasn’t yet been verified.
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This is showing up.
My email shows up as not verified, even though I have been a user for years.
This happened before and took a long time to get fixed.
I can’t send PM’s now, which is a bummer too! 2 years ago

Cloudnightlyso, you wanted it better?

Well, I’m not sure as of yet what 43thing Ill choose. Whether I’ll task it one by one or a full list. I should put this one on my to do list. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergThe end of the lag?

Let’s see if this entry shows up right away, and everywhere it’s supposed to… 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergWhy I am a Bad 43 Things Correspondent

Those who feel that the Robots are poor at communicating with the 43 Things community have a valid gripe. While I do not consider myself a poor communicator, I have found it necessary to place some limits on my direct interactions with the 43 Things community. This document is a sort of form letter explaining why I am the way I am.

Programming is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. Four quiet hours is a resource that I can put to good use. Two slabs of time, each two hours long, might add up to the same four hours, but are not nearly as productive as an unbroken four. If I know that I am going to be interrupted, I can’t concentrate, and if I suspect that I might be interrupted, I can’t do anything at all. Likewise, several consecutive days with four-hour time-slabs in them give me a stretch of time in which I can implement a decent website feature, but the same number of hours spread out across a few weeks, with interruptions in between them, are nearly useless.

This accounts for why I am a bad correspondent and why I rarely engage in long comment threads and collaborative, community-driven idea-brainstorms. If I organize my life in such a way that I get lots of long, consecutive, uninterrupted time-chunks, I can write code. But as those chunks get separated and fragmented, my productivity as a Robot drops spectacularly. What replaces it? Instead of a website that will be around for a long time, and that will, with luck, be enjoyed by many people, there is a bunch of messages that I have sent out to individual persons, and a few entries posted at various goal pages and the company blog.

That is not such a terrible outcome, but neither is it an especially good outcome. The quality of my e-mails and writing is, in my view, nowhere near that of my programming. So for me it comes down to the following choice: I can distribute material of bad-to-mediocre quality to a small number of people, or I can distribute material of higher quality to more people. But I can’t do both; the first one obliterates the second.

I am not proud of the fact that some e-mail sent to the Robots goes unanswered as a result. It is never my intention to be rude or to give well-meaning users the cold shoulder. If the Robot Co-op was a huge corporate entity, we’d have enough money to hire a staff to look after community interaction. As it is, the site is run in such a way to provide for the 6 of us, but not lucrative enough to hire a dedicated PR/community-outreach person, and so I am faced with a stark choice between being a bad correspondent and being a good programmer. I am trying to be a good programmer, and hoping that people will forgive me for being a bad correspondent.

Adapted from this3 years ago

Joe GoldbergGoals in Neighborhood Watch

A big part of draining the swamp is now live: you can vote on goals in Neighborhood Watch.

More info here: 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergDraining the Swamp

I’m on a kick that I call “Draining the swamp”, identifying and eliminating the icky stuff that’s on the site. Here’s what I’m working on:

  • Automatically flagging suspected spam goals
  • Letting people vote on goals in Neighborhood Watch
  • Keeping spam goals from showing up in search
  • Cleaning up spam tags
  • Making search results more relevant

A lot of this is behind the scenes, so hopefully nobody notices anything. It’s going to make 43 Things a cleaner place. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergA small step

We just made some changes to sharing. You can read about it on the blog:

The buttons are now hidden behind a link, which is now only on goal pages. The “share” link replaces the “invite” link. A user has already brought up that the “invite” link let you join goals as a team, which is gone, so we’ll be working on bringing that back next. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergStep 1: Understand 43 Things' users?

I thought I understood our user base pretty well, but today made me think that over again. Need to spend a bit of time figuring out what makes our users tick. Are the 100 anti-facebook people really representative of our heavy users, or are they a vocal minority? 3 years ago

Laurel FanCompleted Date

You may have noticed that the inaccurate “completed” and “given up” dates have vanished from the year in review. They will be coming back in a more accurate form… 4 years ago

Laurel FanHow aboutthese images

Are they the right way? 4 years ago

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