https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

The Insane XP Competition: #1

This competition is now over. Thanks to all the competitors for making it great! Congratulations to IsabelleMay on winning!

Here is the link to the hall of fame

Welcome to the first Insane XP Competition!

What is it about?

Good question! Each day, competitors must earn a certain number of XP. If they fail to do so, they are eliminated. The winner will get their name put on the Insane XP Competition hall of fame!


The rules:

  1. Every day, competitors are set a specific amount of XP, which they have to earn by the end of the day.
  2. If competitors do not earn enough XP, they are eliminated.
  3. Up to 30 competitors can join. You have until midnight UTC+12 on Sunday 27 September to join.
  4. When you have finished a task tell me. Make sure you include an image of your XP chart as well as the time you completed the task. I will be following you anyway, so you can't cheat:)
  5. To join, tell me below in the comments section and please specify your timezone(this is important!).
  6. You cannot begin a task until you are allowed to. If you finish the task earlier, your work will not be counted!
  7. You are not allowed to use immersion. This will make it fair for people who cannot use it.
  8. You can start each task at 00:00 UTC your time zone.
  9. Good luck:)
  10. Enjoy yourself, and try not to take it too seriously!

(I am going to use UTC+12 as the standard time zone so everyone can have 24 hours to complete the task)


The prizes:

-Earn 1 lingot for each day you last. -Earn 1 lingot for finishing a task first. -The winner will earn 200 lingots! -Second Place will earn 100 lingots! -Third place will earn 50 lingots! -The winner will get their name added to the Insane XP Competition hall of fame! (A link for this will be added at the end of the competition.)


The Competitors:

  1. FilipTirke93 Status: THIRD PLACE

  2. knos15 Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  3. Jacksonnes Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  4. Anneysha7 Status: Eliminated(Day 2)

  5. buenotc Status: Eliminated(Day 3)

  6. EpicPowerHero Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  7. lsabelleMay Status: WINNER

  8. schmidzy Status: Eliminated(Day 8)

  9. qwertylaal Status: Eliminated(Day 2)

  10. Awesomegirl4321 Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  11. Zyrada Status: SECOND PLACE

  12. Roberto.90 Status: Withdrew(Day 8)

  13. ehomebonnell Status: Eliminated(Day 6)

  14. AntraRawat Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  15. devoken Status: Eliminated(Day 3)

  16. StormLovesSquids Status: Withdrew(Day 1)

  17. Farjo1 Status: Withdrew(Day 3)

  18. Vladislav123 Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  19. Chengaroo Status: Eliminated(Day 3)

  20. atthehip Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  21. AbigailTho3 Status: Eliminated(Day 4)

  22. JencyGBrock Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  23. StephanBou1 Status: Eliminated(Day 4)

  24. Hafu.glindia.59 Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  25. Anorak13 Status: Eliminated (Day 1)

  26. mawaffles_ Status: Withdrew(Day 6)

  27. Mathso2 Status: Eliminated(Day 4)

  28. AmandaWhite12 Status: Eliminated(Day 1)

  29. FreeManStars Status: Eliminated(Day 9)

  30. Lili118 Status: Withdrew(Day 4)

Sorry, we are full!

Tasks:

(Please note: I am asleep by the time some of you may finish, so if it says that you are eliminated, when actually you should not, please let me know! If you do not tell me you have finished, I will have to eliminate you! I'm very busy and I might make a few mistakes, so sorry if I do!)

Day One: Sunday 4 October, Earn at least 100XP! Day One Eliminations: AntraRawat(not enough XP earned), knos15(you did earn XP, but you used immersion), Jacksonnes(no confirmation), Awesomegirl4321(not enough XP earned), StormLovesSquids(withdrew), Vladislav123(no confirmation), atthehip(no confirmation), JencyGBrock(no confirmation), Hafu.glindia.59(no confirmation), Anorak13(no confirmation), AmandaWhite12(not enough XP earned). Day One Winner: FilipTirke93

Day Two: Monday 5 October, Earn at least 350XP! Day Two Eliminations: Anneysha7(not enough XP earned), qwertylaal(no confirmation) Day Two Winner: Zyrada

Day Three: Tuesday 6 October, Earn at least 400XP! Day Three Eliminations: Chengaroo(not enough XP earned), devoken(not enough XP earned), Farjo1(withdrew), buenotc(not enough XP earned) Day Three Winner: Zyrada

Day Four: Wednesday 7 October, Earn at least 550XP! Day Four Eliminations: Lili118(withdrew), StephanBou1(not enough XP earned), AbigailTho3(not enough XP earned), Mathso2(Not enough XP earned) Day Four Winner: Zyrada

Day Five: Thursday 8 October, Earn at least 600XP Day Five Eliminations: None! Day Five Winner: FilipTirke93

Day Six: Friday 9 October, Earn at least 700XP! Day Six Eliminations: mawaffles_(withdrew), ehomebonnell(not enough XP earned) Day Six Winner: FilipTirke93

Day Seven: Saturday 10 October, Earn at least 750XP Day Seven Eliminations: None! Day Seven Winner: Zyrada

Day Eight: Sunday 11 October, Earn at least 800XP! Day Eight Eliminations: Roberto.90(withdrew), schmidzy(not enough XP earned) Day Eight Winner: IsabelleMay

Day Nine: Monday 12 October, Earn at least 900XP Day Nine Eliminations: FilipTirke93(not enough XP earned), FreeManStars(not enough XP earned) Day Nine Winner: Zyrada

Day Ten: Tuesday 13 October, Earn at least 1000XP! Day Ten Eliminations: None! Day Ten Winner Zyrada

Day Eleven: Wednesday 14 October, Earn at least 1010XP! Day Eleven Eliminations: None! Day Eleven Winner: Zyrada

Day Twelve: Thursday 15 October, Earn at least 1200XP! Day Twelve Eliminations: None! Day Twelve Winner: Zyrada

Day Thirteen: Friday 16 October, Earn at least 1250XP! Day Thirteen Eliminations: TBA! Day Thirteen Winner: TBA!

Final Day: Earn as much as you can!

First Place: IsabelleMay

Second Place: Zyrada

Third Place: FilipTirke93

(1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will get their lingots at the end of the competition)

(I'm surprised that the competition has gone on so long. I though it would take less than a week, but I underestimated a few of you!)


FAQ and Suggestions:

If you have any questions, put them in the comments section and I will answer them here! Any good suggestions may be placed here also.

When does the competition end? When there is only one person left! The competition will last less than two weeks guaranteed. That is why I named it the Insane XP competition!

Is there a fee to pay? No, but you can donate lingots if you want to help out:)

Must I do a specific language? You can do any language you like, but you cannot use immersion to get the XP.

I am on mobile, how do I include a picture of my progress? If it is possible, take a screenshot, upload the image to Imgur and then post a link to the image on my stream. If that is not possible, I will be following you so I can check your progress anyway.

How about if there is only one day left in the two weeks, whoever makes the most XP on this day wins the whole contest? Good idea! I doubt it will last more than two weeks, but if it does I will use this suggestion.

When does the competition start? The competition will start on Sunday 4 October. 00:00 at UTC+12 is the first start time. You start when it reaches 00:00 in your timezone.


and that's it! You can donate lingots if you want to help, but it is not necessary. Please don't upvote comments, since I need to know the order in which people join! If you want to do it as a team, I intend on doing this later as a separate event, so join this one now!

September 26, 2015

93 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Note to all competitors:

Follow this discussion so you can see how much XP you need to get every day!

The start date has also been moved to next Sunday, just to allow more to sign up. (Unless I can get 30 people to join before midnight UTC+12, then the competition will start this Sunday.) Sorry for any inconvenience!

Also, please read the full discussion. It is very important!

<h1>If you are unable to take a screenshot and upload it to an image hosting site, please let me know! Make sure you know 100% that you cannot because it is still possible on mobile devices.If you don't say that you cannot take a screenshot, I will take it that you can.</h1>
September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vladislav123
<h1>Subnote:</h1>

To make a picture follow these steps:

1: Take a screenshot: command/shift/4 on mac.

I don't know what it is on PC

2: Convert to a base64 string (it's a long sequence of numbers and letters) and copy it.

3: Use this code:
![](base64 here)

BTW: Full markdown text modifiers here!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WinAR6

On PC it's FN+END button at the same time.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devoken

For what operating system? The method I use is: Windows XP and 7:[ ctrl+[shift]+[print screen], then open Paint and hit [ctrl]+[v]. Windows 8: [windows button]+[print screen]. Look in "pictures folder".

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

I can't take a screenshot. I've already tried the PC method given by WinAR6 but it still won't work... :(

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

What brand of PC do you have? Sometimes there are special methods.

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Here4SchoolOnly

i can't either

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

That's ok!

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devoken

Windows XP and 7: [ctrl]+[shift]+[print screen], then open Paint and hit [ctrl]+[v]. Windows 8: [windows button]+[print screen]. Look in "pictures folder"

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

Thanks! That works!

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WinAR6

The one I gave is for windows 7. It might be different for other windows.

September 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vladislav123

I can take a screenshot, but because of parental controls I can't post it. ;(

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

Someone is using their multiple accounts to down vote lol..I upvoted all of them to try to balance it out :/.

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

That's fine!

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanBou1

there are ways around these things

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devoken

There's usually a way to for parents to whitelist sites, unless your parents aren't cool with you being in a language competition. (Also, I'm sorry! Parental controls are a pain and, imho, not usually a good thing.)

October 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FilipTirke93

I'm in , UTC +1

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Welcome! You are competitor #1. Once it is midnight in your timezone you can begin the first task!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FilipTirke93

Alright, thx! Just one question : when does the competition end ?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Congratulations:)

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FilipTirke93

Thanks, but why did u change the prizes ? it was 200 lingots for the first, 100 for the second and 50 for the third

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

I wanted to use those amounts for the team edition. It makes it more even then.

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-Sapphira-

I will join!!! This sounds like so much fun! I am in US Eastern Time. I'm definitely in, and I can send the link to some of my friends, so you can get more competitors. ;)

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Congratulations:)

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-Sapphira-

Thanks. :)

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Brilliant! You are competitor #7. Good luck:) Could you specify your time zone too, so that you will be able to have 24 hours for the task.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-Sapphira-

Thanks so much!!! My time zone is UTC-5, I think.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lili118

Hi. It seems there is still a spot open for me? My timezone is UTC + 2

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Sure! You are contestant #30. Good luck:)

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lili118

Thanks.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/knos15

UTC - 4, count me in!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomegirl4321

May I be in?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomegirl4321

I'm UTC+3

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zyrada

Go ahead and sign me up. UTC-5 (US Eastern Time).

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Congratulations:)

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Roberto.90

May I join? I'm from Brazil, UTC -3.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

UTC-5 (Eastern Time) Can I join?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

I don't have a mobile and can't screenshot on my computer. Can I still join???

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AntraRawat

count me in UTC +05:30

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/devoken

This will be awesome! Count me in. UTC -4

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Here4SchoolOnly

Can i join!?!?!??!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
  • 1956

Great idea, I'm in. GMT+1 (and the living is easy).

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

So is the competition starting today, or next Sunday?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Chengaroo

i will give it a try. it is next Sunday or tomorrow?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MattLobster

Can i join plz?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bangtansweetpea

I'd like to join, please. Time Zone: EST

Are we allowed to do immersion after we have completed our tasks for the day? If this would be too confusing, I'll still join.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Here4SchoolOnly

How do i prove that i've done it?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jency_br0ckkk

Can I join? UTC-5

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanBou1

if there's still room I'll play. UTC -8 pacific time

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hafu.glindia.59

Can I join? My time zone UTC-5.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mawaffles

I would like to join. :) My time zone is (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2

Competitor #27 please, UTC +10

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Hey, could I reserve a spot for someone AmandaWhite12? I don't know if they'd like to join yet, because they're away.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FreeManStars

Hi ! (GMT + 2:00) for me if I can join but it will be impossible for me to send you a screenshot .. Let me know your agreement ..

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FilipTirke93

I hope we'll start tomorrow

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ThEAnOrAK

Can I join? My time zone is Central USA.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacksonnes

I'm game, UTC-4

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7

Hi! I was actually interested in this competition.. but am now disappointed because all the seats are full. Could you possibly tell me when will you host the next Insane XP contest so that I can always keep an eye for the contest and not miss it the next time?

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

Hang on!!!!! I'm SO confused! Is day 1 over already? Because it's 9:15 pm where I'm at right now

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bangtansweetpea

Well, everybody's in different time zones. The day is not determined by the host's time zone, it is specific to each individual for his own time zone. So day 1 is NOT over for you yet, but it IS over for quite a few people already. Don't worry!

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Have you finished? It's not over. Yet.

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

Ok, thanks both of you for telling me! I completed Day 1!

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

How much did everyone finished at? I did 140 in total :). I did 100 before bed this morning and 40 before work. I'm glad I brought my stylus from my other home or else my fingers would've been feeling quite numb by now from tapping on my phone :/.

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-Sapphira-

I got around 200 XP, I think.

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2

188 XP for Day 1, and exactly 350 for Day 2. Today (Day 3 for me) is going to be a nightmare...

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Most got 100 exactly

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vladislav123

I failed so hard XD, I thought it started 8th XD

October 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

I'm on 250 xp right now. I got 100 to go but my mind is french numb.. I'll probably have to switch to my stronger language ;).

October 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AelfricG

May I join? I'm UTC+10

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

Count me in. US central time. But how will I include an image of my progress? I'm on mobile 100%.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

US Central time also! Hope this works out! Thx for doing a contest.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/schmidzy

Sounds fun! I'm in, US Eastern Time (UTC-4)

Do we start at midnight in our own time zone, or UTC+12? From the original post I thought we would all start together at UTC+12 but in the comments it sounds like that might not be the case. If we all use our own time zone, how will you keep track of who actually finishes first?

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/qwertylaal

I would like to join. UTC-8

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/android4003

the no immersion thing is really going to be problem. sorry not entering!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

You could always do the strengthen skills or start another tree or do a reverse tree. Maybe you could later do another xp games with immersion for people like muffin_prime.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/android4003

that's a good idea

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Thanks.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

I hope I can join. :{

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7

Whoa! That's great...so can I check the forum tomorrow (according to my zone)? Thanks a bunch!!

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

I think you can join now! What's your UTC(Timezone)?

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7

IST (+5.30) I can take screenshots but I can't upload them.

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

That's fine:)

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

First task complete already. You guys can catch up now. I'll do a bit more when I wake up for work ;).

October 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Try to post on my stream next time:)

October 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

OK, will do.

October 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

Congrats to all who passed day three. Sorry I couldn't keep up. Even coffee wasn't good enough to push me pass 70 :/. See you at the finish line!!

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2

550XP is a lofty goal for today and I'm not sure if I'll make it, so don't feel like you're missing out...

October 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ehomebonnell

How much XP is needed for day 6?

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

Message him on his wall. I don't see it posted too.

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

It's up now.

October 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

It's up now.

October 9, 2015
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