Feature Request: Self-imposed Time Restrictions

Hacker News has a fea­ture called “no­pro­crast”. Here’s how they ex­plain it in the FAQ:

In my pro­file, what is no­pro­crast?
It’s a way to help you pre­vent your­self from spend­ing too much time on HN. If you turn it on you’ll only be al­lowed to visit the site for maxvisit min­utes at a time, with gaps of mi­naway min­utes in be­tween. The de­faults are 20 and 180, which would let you view the site for 20 min­utes at a time, and then not al­low you back in for 3 hours.

If you try to use HN when you pre­com­mit­ted to not us­ing it, you’ll get the fol­low­ing mes­sage from them:

Get back to work!
Sorry, you can’t see this page. Based on the anti-pro­cras­ti­na­tion pa­ram­e­ters you set in your pro­file, you’ll be able to use the site again in 43 min­utes.

I was think­ing that some­thing like this would be awe­some for LessWrong. Per­son­ally, I have a rather large prob­lem brows­ing the web—which in­cludes brows­ing LessWrong—when I should be do­ing other things. After read­ing Digi­tal Min­i­mal­ism, I get the im­pres­sion that such strug­gles are moreso the norm than the ex­cep­tion.