Enable a toggle between simplify debts "on" and "off"
"Simplify debts" is by far the easiest way to get squared up, say, at the end of the month. However, it confuses the heck out of some of my friends who get confused by the idea of owing a whole bunch of money to one person to whom they might not owe anything directly (eg "Why do I own $100 to person A? She never lent me money" "well it's because you own person B money, and person B owes person A" ... you get the idea.
If you could quickly toggle between the simplified and unsimplified debts, it would enable group members to establish accurate mental models about where the costs are coming from (simplify debts OFF) but then quickly see how that translates to a more streamlined payback system (simplified debts ON). This would be more straightforward than requiring users to dig through the settings to achieve this "toggle".
Thanks for the suggestion, and sorry for the trouble! We definitely want to make “simplify debts” a bit clearer, though we’ve had trouble successfully doing that. (That’s actually one of the reasons it’s buried in the settings now – some people used to turn it on and off quite frequently, and then OTHER members of their groups would get confused about why their balances were changing.) I like the idea of a temporary toggle, though, to just “preview” what the group would look like the other way. I’ll pass on the feedback and see if we can add it to our list of future updates :)
Caitlin Douglas commented
right! I turned it on by accident just trying to see what it would change but now I can't turn it off!
Jane G commented
Agreed. I mistakenly turned this on. Would like to toggle back off!
I need to know how to turn off Simplify Debts. It's not working properly for me.