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    • Lose 30 Lbs

      Swimming 2-3 times a week.

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      • stomach is so big after I eat my stomach bloated but after post menopause have no idea how to lose my stomach

        have high blood pressure I'm a diabetic and my doctors trying to put me on insulin and I'm not not forward that. What can you do to keep me from being put on insulin. What are your meal planner.

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        • lose weight

          Exercise n eat healthy

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          • Wondering...

            I am a Physical Training Coach who has suggested that some of my players and clients try Aherk.

            Their impression: Most think that their "Friends" will throw the Vote just to reveal their compromising photo!!

            This must be a comment that you hear from many, no?

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              Hi Doug,

              Thanks for contacting us. You’re right – this has been a major concern from a lot of prospective users.

              We have been aware of this issue since before launch but felt that the peer-pressure side of Aherk! would be well served if we stuck with the “one Facebook friend, one vote” approach. Such approach is also harmonious with the obvious “humorous” tone of the service.

              The ideal scenario is the user posting a mildly embarrassing photo. Something that would give him a push to pursue the goal, but nothing that could really put him into trouble (like a “hey baby, here’s me with my mistress” kind of photo). Beacuse, yes, many friends will vote against him even if they know he succeeded. Human nature…

              However, since many people are expressing this concern, we’re considering creating an alternative referee system. The idea is letting the user choose between one…

            • link up with universities so students can interact with each other/keep on top of studies and asignments

              Hi, I'm at QLD Uni of Tech in Australia. I really love this idea and think it has heaps of potential. I think this app could become huge as it could be applied to many different situations and also encourage different groups of people to interact....I also really like the funny tone/I'd be even more politically incorrect and shocking to get attention....My idea is that maybe down the track you link up with forward thinking universities and create an app/use this app for students. As all uni students have assignments/readings/presentations they need to keep on top of. Also all of…

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                Hi Katy

                We loved your idea and will give it some serious thought. It’s quite a big step though, and it will take some time if we decide to go that way.

                Maybe we could get the persons university from their Facebook profile and show them a link to see goals from people at their institution. What do you think?

                And you think our humorous tone is too PC… That’s the kind of user we’re seeking!

                Thanks for your feedback and we’ll keep you posted on if, how and when we implement your idea.

              • I think you should put all 3 steps on the first page

                The little arrows aren't that obvious, and it's not clear that they lead to the following steps. I don't see any reason not to give a full overview right from the start.

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                  Hi Ben,

                  Thanks for letting us know about your experience.

                  In this beta phase we’re more worried about the inner works of the application, testing if everything is working out as expected.

                  At a later stage, however, we’ll review the design and user interface and your input will definitely be taken into account.

                  Thanks!

                • 6 votes
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                    Would love this myself!

                    The thing is we have to give some time for the user’s friends to vote. Currently this time frame is set to 3 days.

                    What we would need to do then, would be to create an identical new goal everyday, which would clog the interface unless we redesigned it.

                    So although we love the idea (and I could use it myself in sooo many situations) I think it will take sometime for it to be implemented (if ever).

                    Thanks a lot for your feedback, though, and please reply if you come up with alternative ways to solve this problem.

                  • Make it more clear how individuals vote on your success.

                    Do friends have to download an app to vote? If so, I won't be interested in using this service. Great idea though!

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                      Hi Ben,

                      No, your friends don’t need to download anything to vote.

                      When your deadline is reached, we post a notice to your Facebook feed with a link to your goal at Aherk!

                      In this page, your friends will be able to vote if you’ve reached your goal or not.

                      Note, however, that your friends need to login to be able to vote. This ensures that each person only gets one vote. We don’t want a naughty friend voting “NO” a zillion times…

                      You’re not the first one to complain about the voting process not being clear. We’ll definitely find a better way to explain the voting system sometime soon.

                      All the best and thank you very much for your feeback!

                    • 5 votes
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                        Thanks for your suggestion, Aaron :)

                        You’re not the first one to complain about Aherk! being a little too confusing.

                        But can you help us make your idea more actionable by providing some details? What do you think we should change/refactor?

                        Or to keep the humorous tone that distinguishes us from most productivity apps: can you make your suggestion less confusing? ;o)

                        One more time: thank you! At this early stage there’s nothing more valuable than feedback. And a Merry Xmas to you!

                      • What is to say Aherk isn't just a giant honeypot for photos

                        What guarantee of privacy is there that photos won't get outside of a specific group of friends? Who's to say that the aherk creator(s) aren't just creating an elaborate phishing scheme for getting butt pics of people? Does the submission policy preclude using photos for any other purposes? It should.

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                          Hi Nicholas,

                          First of all, I can’t understand why everybody is talking about butt photos :) Seems to be the natural “bomb”!

                          Second, I’m not that into butts, so you can relax ;)

                          Now, seriously, I appreciate your concern and it’s an absolutely legitimate one. Truth is Aherk! started as a game among friends while I was learning how to program in Rails, and it became a public thing almost by accident.

                          Although I have thought of writing up a privacy policy, I never got to that given (a) the amount of programming that needed to be done & (b) the dullness of such “bureaucratic” things…

                          Now it’s a must, and we’ll get to that soon. Thanks for keeping us on our toes! :)

                          For now, all I can tell you is that we’re acting on good faith. If it gives you any comfort, I have no pivacy mask on…

                        • Fix the copy (grammar)

                          Right now it posts this:

                          "I've just created a goal at Aherk! Here's how I've described it:

                          <goal>

                          I have to achieve it until December 29, 2011... You'll then have the chance to vote, telling people if I've made it or not."

                          Problems:
                          -The first sentence unnecessarily takes up two lines and creates awkward white space.
                          -It doesn't tell me friends what aherk or the goal-setting mechanism is about at all.
                          -The last part has a grammatical error. It should say "I have until <date> to achieve it," not "I have to achieve it until..."

                          Solutions:

                          You need copy with…

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                            Brian,

                            Thanks for pointing this out.

                            None of us are native English speakers, and we knew that there are mistakes around the site. Luckily for us you were kind enough to point this out.

                            You are also right regarding the effectiveness of the texts we use when posting to Facebook. However, we have to take into account that people use different phrasings, and some would look awkward in the middle of a "I plan to " sentence.

                            We’ll look into it and try to find a solution.

                            Thanks again!

                          • Choose friends who get to vote

                            I made my goal, and expected to see a screen where I can choose friends who will see the post about the goal. I do not want all of my friends to know what I'm working on.

                            Ideally it should be via any of my friend lists (the goal is visible to only those list members, and only people in that list can vote on it)

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                              Hi CaptNemo,

                              This is a very, very interesting idea, and we’ll certainly take it into consideration.

                              One of the central pillars at Aherk!, however, is peer pressure, so we’ll also have to take that into account. On the other hand, selecting your friends may even enhance the commitment.

                              Anyway, thank you for your feedback and we’ll let you know as soon as we have a position on this!

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