Reply to: Is your streak burning you out?
There's something bugging me about the whole "streak" concept.
Let me just start writing and see if I can discover what it is.
I've had streaks greater than 100 days ripped from me because my brain simply got distracted by travel, family, something enjoyable. You wake up and think, "oh shit!" and the streak begins anew.
1. Losing a streak can suck and make you want to give up. That's a large disincentive and I'm dubious if the tradeoff is worth it. There's a reasonable amount of upside to get you off the ground, but like a plane, you shouldn't be expected to keep heading up - you level off. You eventually land. You complete a trip.
2. There's no finish line to aim for. Imagine a running event, where there's actually no finish line.
3. It's arbitrary. A streak, is a regular frequency. But, why 200 words? Why 24 hours? Why the flame icon? All design decisions to be sure, but is there any science or proof or promise behind any of it?
At this point, I also feel as if I'm trying to say something but I might not get there.
I guess one thing that does seem a bit disingenuous is the idea that you can schedule a post and still maintain your streak.
200 words isn't a lot. If I wanted to, I could easily write 5 x 200-word posts in a day and queue them up with the scheduling feature. I would only ever do that if I gave a shit about the streak. Right?
Lance Armstrong only cheated because he figured he could get away with it. And, he did. Until he didn't.
If we want to showcase the people who are actually showing up every day and getting their streak on, we have to disable private posts and scheduling. Otherwise, you can game the system and there's no transparency.
If there's no transparency ( like drug testing in the Tour de France ) -- then what's the point?
I think I got close enough to my point. It feels a bit curmudgeonly to write this. I might sit on for a bit before hitting publish..
I just re-read it and realized thanks to @keni. Maybe what the people going for the infinite streak actually need is just a hug.
To all of you on #teamstreak: 🤗