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Ideas: "Sit for your Center," "fridge printout"
Medivate — 5 years ago — in A Better Medivate
Hi everyone,
We'd love your thoughts and feedback on two ideas we're testing:
  1. Sit for your Center, an idea that could help people meditate consistently while raising money for their meditation centers.
  2. What we're calling the "fridge printout idea"—a way to help you keep your motivations to meditate in mind during your daily life.
Click either link to see a demo and more information about the idea. Thank you for your thoughts!

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terrormortus — 5 years ago — permalink
For the "Fridge Printout Idea" why not add a space for a quote near the bottom? That way it not only reminds you about what motivates you to meditate but also reminds you of what inspired you to start as well.

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fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — permalink
I think this is a great idea. We'll plan to do this.
Thanks!

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How do you use the rating/comment system here?
pinyaka — 5 years ago — in Meditation Questions
I'm not even sure how to rate meditation sessions on a scale of 1-10, much less figure out what to say abou them. What are other people doing?

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
First and foremost, I'm of the opinion that just keeping some log of "did or didn't meditate today" is a really valuable thing for keeping yourself honest and doing it regularly. I think everything else Medivate does--track time, let you give it a numerical "feeling" value, say things about it publicly and privately--are just unnecessary but nice bonuses. But if you don't like any of them, I'd not worry to much about not filling them in.
For me, the "how it felt" field is essentially about the balance of positive, neutral, and negative thoughts and feelings during the session. Generally, if a session feels like a struggle throughout, like a chore, etc I'll give it a lower score. And if it feels really pleasant--I'm enjoying my time sitting there and finding the sensations of (for example) the breath quite pleasant, I'll give a higher score. If the session is a mix of those two, or just lacking much of either, I'll generally give it a 5.
For comments, I just put things that occur to me to say about it. Generally they're notes related to the number I gave for "how it felt". Just what kind of things were distracting, what kind of thoughts came up, what sensations were dominant. (And with respect to the public/private divide: anything I wouldn't mind people seeing goes in the public comment.)
All of this bonus data can be interesting to just look back over. (Medivate's tools for this aren't as robust as we might like right now, but they're a start.) There are graphs that utilize the time, but also one of the "how it felt" field which makes it easy for me to identify times when meditation was harder or easier and puzzle at why. There's a basic word-analysis that points out to you words you've used frequently in recent meditation log entries and their occurence in past entries. There's also a basic search engine to find out when you were talking about "back pain" or "fidgetting" and what you said.

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Question for June 9, 2013: Changing Medivate
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
If you could change one thing about Medivate, what would that be?

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alreadyou — 4 years ago — permalink
It might be a good thing to have the app be more social, perhaps by displaying how much other meditators in the same group have been meditating today, with an option to read their comments, and see general messages from the group. That might encourage people to participate in the groups too.

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alreadyou — 4 years ago — permalink
Great stuff though so far!

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
Sorry I managed to miss your post earlier. (I'm glad my Weekly Update had it or I might have missed it entirely. Some good user feedback in that itself, I suppose.)
I think this is actually really useful and accurate. We've been slowly realizing how useful and central to the experience of what Medivate should be that aspect of community is. We've thought for a while that the group meditation logs were a really useful and untapped aspect of the site that we didn't really know how to make more valuable. I think you're spot on that bringing that stuff into the app would go a long way to making that better.
And I really appreciate that you took the time to add to the thread when you didn't get a response. It's hard to understate the value of this feedback and I feel a little bad I'd not seen it sooner. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Shakuhachi — 5 years ago — permalink
More descriptive "How it felt" ranking

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
That's an interesting idea. What kind of thing are you thinking?
I think we---Fred and I---have typically used the comments as a space to be more descriptive, but I don't think that's a very strong case for it being that way. I'd love to hear more about what you're thinking.

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Shakuhachi — 5 years ago — permalink
Something like:
10 WoW! Beyond anything i could have imagined
 9  One of the best
 8  Better than usual
 7  Better
 6  Good
 5  Not bad, worth the effort
 4  Marginally worth the effort, maybe not                         
 3  Annoying, better not to have done it
 2  Troubling
 1  Disturbing
Why meditation would be troubling or disturbing I do not know.  Mine are usually 5,6, ot 7.                                          I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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fredclaymeyer — 4 years ago — permalink
Thanks for the scale--that's really cool! One idea that comes up is to let people define their own scales within the site itself. That way the system could have a personal meaning.
What do you think?

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Shakuhachi — 4 years ago — permalink
Yes, mine was just off the top of my head.  It occurs to me also that few meditations if any will be disturbing. Maybe something morel like like:
5 Great
4 Pretty good
3 About average
2 pretty distracted
1 Very distracted

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emmacat — 4 years ago — permalink
I see we can edit our posts but we still can't delete them. I'll take that as progress.
I would love to see a general message board where people can communicate informally about a wider range of topics rather than something specific as it is in the groups. I guess I could create a group with a 'anything goes' thread (and I realize we can share random thoughts by making a journal entry public), but it would be cool if it could be a permanent fixture on the homepage.
I think it would help create a sense of community (for example, I would be inclined to leave messages like 'Good morning. May you all enjoy the inspiration to practice today'). 

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Question for January 17, 2016: Changing Medivate
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
If you could change one thing about Medivate, what would that be?

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Question for December 3, 2017: Changing Medivate
Medivate — 2 weeks ago — in Question of the Week
If you could change one thing about Medivate, what would that be?