Farewell Mighty YNABers!

I just wanted to say that it has been a pleasure interacting with many of you over the years and that I wish you all the very best in your financial journeys going forward.

I first discovered YNAB Pro in July of 2008 but I didn't really settle into it until about 2010 and YNAB 3 as I was going through a major life change at the time. I think I first discovered the old YNAB forums in about 2012, if memory serves, and I've been hanging around ever since through three forum software changes. Of course, I continued on to YNAB 4 and then finally the current web-based YNAB.

When I started this journey, I had never been able to figure out how to budget effectively. I made decent money but I had nothing to show for it outside of retirement accounts. Yes, I was living paycheck to paycheck. Sometimes overdrafting and never having enough when "surprise" bills came.

YNAB turned this all around. It wasn't easy and it took dedication but with YNAB, I had the tool and the budgeting system I needed to make profound financial changes. I know that everybody here can improve their financial situation with this tool and the support of this forum. I wish you all the very, very best!

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  • Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments and feedback on the forum. I lurk and then interact with a bunch. But I have always appreciated the various conversations throughout the forum and learned alot from your expertise. It is a shame to see you go. All the best to you as well.

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  • I am really sorry to see you go... it somehow feels really awkward that someone who's posts I have always greatly appreciated, and read with much interest, will no longer be there.

    Like MadDog , I want to thank you for all of the really constructive contributions to the fora, and the positive impact you made on my life as well.

    All the best to you!

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  • Thank you for all of your time, energy, and thoughtfulness in helping fellow YNABers over the years, Superbone !

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  • I appreciate your presence and insight. I didn't know much of your story, but wow - you've really worked hard to shift your financial path. Happy budgeting, Superbone !

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  • Superbone Thank you for being an active member of the community and contributing your wisdom over the years! You will be missed.

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    • WordTenor
    • Can we agree that goals are dumb and immature? Sure.
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    Someday I am going to do a discourse analysis of this company and sell it to Harvard Business Review. I genuinely think the YNAB staff does not in any way realize how their communication comes off. Y’all always seem so shocked when you’re perceived as disingenuous and rude and then you do things where the framing of the situation so clearly makes it rude…

    Like, I should just assign this to my grad students. I could probably even give it to my undergrads; it’s so textbook they would probably also be able to unravel it easily. 
     

    (Since this obviously needs spelling out, when one is staff of the company, the footing with users on a forum is different because one is a representative of the company, even though everybody is posting on the same forum. So when a user has decided to no longer use a product because of the decision made by the company, for other users to say “we’l miss you” is genuine. But for the staff of the company to do so when it was the company that made the decision that drove the user away, that difference in footing causes the same message from a staff member to read as “Good riddance.” I am certain that’s not what anybody meant but for a multi-million dollar tech company my goodness you’re bad at this! Please make the next “humbly confident” person you hire be a PR specialist…) 

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      WordTenor said:
      I am certain that’s not what anybody meant

       If the meaning was obvious to you (and to any reasonable person), then what is your point? The only one being rude (and arrogant and condescending) is you.

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      • Seabass
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      srg Quoting just a small part of the sentence and spanking the person for it is equally rude.

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      • srg
      • srg
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      Seabass To be clear, the professor’s entire reply is rude & condescending. The quoted portion just highlights that it is also cynical & pointless - he doesn’t actually  think that YNAB staff are implying “good riddance”; he just thinks that other people may take it that way…or something.

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      • nolesrule
      • Stealing From the Future fix is an improvement but is incomplete....
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      srg WordTenor is not a "he". You are right about her being a professor though.... in linguistics.

      My background is in Communication also, though not to that extent. YNAB does have an ongoing issue with how they message things.

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      nolesrule said:
       WordTenor is not a "he".

       Thanks, nolesrule for letting me know

      WordTenor, I am sorry for my careless choice of words

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    • srg I'm not going to discuss what has or hasn't been or seemed rude on this thread.  However, I'd like to take the time to point out that people communicate differently and with different habits depending on a whole host of things, like geographical location, cultural/familial background, education, professional experience, social circles, etc, etc.

      On the internet, those nuances don't translate quite as easily as they do in person, often times masking the true meaning attempted to be conveyed.  What is a respectful tone/set of words in one circle often comes across as rude in another. 

      I do think it's ironic that WordTenor is talking about YNAB coming across as rude without intending to do so, merely because so many people tend to bristle at the kind of direct replies she (and others) are wont to do, but that doesn't invalidate the concept whatsoever. 

      I mean, if someone is going to call someone else a tyrant and they don't realize that's a highly charged insult/accusation, and the reader realizes there is some impediment for the name-caller to truly not understand how it's coming across, then it's not rude to inform the name-caller that they're being rude.  Even if everyone knew that the name-caller wasn't *trying* to be rude, the name-calling was still rude.

      Sometimes an outside example provides more clarity.  Again, I'm not analyzing what was/wasn't rude in the exchange on this thread, but one of the forum rules is to take what people post with a grain of salt.  As in life, sometimes a teaspoon of salt and other spices are needed to give context to personal interactions.

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    • WordTenor You (and others) are welcome to send me a direct message and I can pass your concerns along to our PR team. Our team members may be employed by YNAB, but also participate in the community as individuals.

      At the very least, I think we can all agree to respect  Superbone and return the discussion to the original topic. My DM's are open!

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      • bevocat
      • Sometimes, It Just Sucks to Be You
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      Nicole 

      Nicole said:
      I can pass your concerns along to our PR team. Our team members may be employed by YNAB, but also participate in the community as individuals.

       I don't have any specific concerns, but surely you must recognize that even while participating in the community as individuals you can never escape the dynamic of actually also being employees of YNAB. You just can't.

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    • RAH
    • 💰Trust your budget!
    • Rah.1
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    ❤️ You'll be missed! Good Luck! Happy Budgeting, Farewell and FairWinds/Seas! Thanks for your positive words.

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    • I was told there would be no math.
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    srg said:
    The only one being rude (and arrogant and condescending) is you.

     And the 13 of us and counting who apparently agree with the sentiment.

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  • I'm confused, so you are leaving the forum? Is it some other budgeting software? 

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      • SgtBatten
      • "YNAB broke" since 2013
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      Slate Blue Pilot (2903ac015cdb) I think once your sub expires you lose forum access. So many of us will disappear over the next few months.

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    • Exactly.

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      SgtBatten I don't think so....I cancelled my sub....closed my account and even got a refund for unused portion of the sub and here I am.....almost two months later still reading these forums and actually replying to some threads, such as this one

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  • Thanks @superbone! You helped me figure out how YNAB works when I first joined earlier this year. You've always been so nice and helpful. Take care! 

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  • nolesrule said:
    WordTenor is not a "he". You are right about her being a professor though.... in linguistics

     WordTenor my favourite subject in university was linguistic anthropology. I was going to be a speech pathologist and work with brain injured and stroke patients. It was a mandatory course. I didn't become a speech pathologist but rather became an accountant but I still remember that course fondly, 35 years later. I have a plan in my mind that once I am retired and can attend some university programs for free, I will explore the linguistics offerings.  

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  • Best wishes in your future journey!

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