As everyone knows, old commitments count less than new commitments. The logic behind this is presumably that old committers may have forgotten about the site. The solution that people have found is to try to convince people to uncommit and then commit. This is obviously a hack, and not the right way for it to work.

Here's what I propose. When you are already committed to a site the button that usually says "commit" instead says "update commitment." Simply clicking it once would have the same affect as committing and uncommiting.

(I could even see the argument for having pushing "update commit" actually count for more than what you started out as. What better way to see if people are committed to visiting a site every day then having them click that button every day...)

  • Let's change the button to "Commit to stay committed" !
    – Joubarc
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 14:11

2 Answers 2


As of now, you can "update" your commitment just by visiting the proposal while logged in. This resets your commitment's decay, so its contribution to the total commitment % is the same as if you had just committed.

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    It would be nice if people (with active commitments, who haven't logged in recently) were notified that this is now the case - I'm sure there are plenty of people who have committed to a proposal but don't bother to check the site because they believe there's nothing they can do other than wait for the email notification of when private beta starts. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 1:06
  • Sounds great. Thanks! Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 17:10

I asked about a similar mechanism on Meta.SO, just without a button. So that visiting the proposal site would automatically refresh the proposal.

Is was marked as status-planned by an SE employee, so there seems to be some plans in that direction.

  • link to the discussion?
    – DForck42
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 16:42
  • @DForck The link is in the beginning of the post. Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 17:01
  • did i really miss that, or did you do some voodoo to prevent it from showing a revision history?
    – DForck42
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 17:04

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