"Counting is difficult" is becoming highly irritating

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"Counting is difficult" was amusing the first time.

Not after endless repetition.

Now it has become an annoying irritant.

I do not want to start my day being told, over and over again, every day, that "counting is difficult".

I am currently a premium member, but I'm unlikely to renew while this is in place.
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andrewwilcox

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Posted 4 years ago

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Hey Andrew, thanks for writing in with your concern. The phrase comes from a math teacher I had. He was also one of the greatest teachers I've had. His subject was AP Statistics and his phrase was Counting is difficult. It refers to how such a simple thing like counting is actually quite difficult to do successfully. And in statistics you perform a lot of counting.

And if you pay any attention to competitior news readers, you'll notice that all of us share a common fault, and that is that sometimes our counts are wrong. But it's such a basic thing! There are 3 unread stories but the count shows a 2! This is why counting is difficult. It's ironic, the very first math skill we're taught as three and four year olds is counting and it hardly gets easier. 

Anyway, it's my personal touch and it's been NewsBlur's mainstay phrase since forever. It also serves as a good reminder that NewsBlur is crunching the numbers during that phase. The "On its way" phase shows that the feeds you see are the cached feeds. Once those comes in, the counts on some feeds may be stale, and then you get to the counting phase. 

I'd hate to lose you, esp. for something like a personal touch, but NewsBlur is 90% opinionated (and 10% standardized). 
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Rob

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I love all the quirks and nuances of Newsblur - happy to support this wonderful service!  Newsblur wouldn't be the same without you Sam.
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Hi Samuel,

I'm late replying because I didn't have GetSatisfaction notifications turned on, and I didn't know that they weren't turned on, so I didn't know that I had gotten a reply.  I'm just now checking back to see if anything had happened.

I understand that you like the phrase...

However....

...I'm motivated to pull out my credit card to pay for things that I like, not things that you like :)

If you like the phrase and want to keep displaying it, and you'd like me to become a paying customer again, make it an option that I can turn off.

Because that's all I care about.  I don't care if you see it, or if everyone else sees it, I only care that I'm forced to see it.

These days I'm using Feedly.  I don't like it as much as Newsblur, but it doesn't hit my irritation button every time I open the app... so that's what I'm using now.

Andrew
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Pleasing everyone is very difficult. ;)
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I should add that my teacher used to say Counting is Difficult all the time, at least once a day. If he wasn't so adamant about drilling that into our heads I probably wouldn't have put it somewhere you'll see it once a day. I've lived with that phrase in my head for so long that I knew it was a keeper.