When do derailments happen?

Derailments usually happen when your goal's countdown reaches 00h 00m 00s and you're on the wrong side of the bright red line. The goal shown below is derailing in 11h 25m... unless the user adds +28, which will make them safe for today by putting their data above the line.

Screenshot of shanaqui's "gildedwolves" goal, showing that they were due to derail in 11 hours and 25 minutes unless they add +28

Screenshot of a user's goal showing that they are on the wrong side of the bright red line and due to derail

Beeminder typically processes derailments at your goal's deadline, the end of the "Beeminder day". The default deadline is midnight in your time zone. You can change deadlines, both your default as well as the deadlines for each goal, unless your goal is linked with an autodata integration that doesn't allow for non-midnight deadlines (such as Fitbit).

I just derailed, but it wasn't my deadline time!

You may derail on your goal immediately if the goal's data or bright red line is modified such that you are no longer on the right side of the line at the last deadline. For example, deleting existing datapoints will often instantly derail you (and possibly do so multiple times) on a Do More goal. This happens because the line showing your data is dropping because you're reducing the cumulative total, but the bright red line doesn't change. In the end, you're way off track with your datapoints on the wrong side of the line at the last deadline, and instantly derail.

This scenario usually occurs when you're adjusting or deleting previous data entries (perhaps when trying to correct weaselled data where you should have derailed already...), when trying to clear out the goal's history to restart it (don't do that), or when an autodata integration overwrites or imports earlier data. It may also happen when you tweak your goal's custom settings.

If this happens to you unexpectedly, please contact support and we'll help get things back to normal!

Keywords: timing of derailments, instant derail, insta-derail

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