Question about lingot begging . . .
I get that there are people doing this (it really doesn't bother me--I just skip ahead when I see it happen), but, for crying out loud, why? There's nothing in the Duo store that costs more than a few lingots, and nothing all that glamorous there to begin with. Your best guesses: What motivates people to beg for lingots?
(And, yes, I hope >50% of responses to this post are something along the lines of "can you give me lingots?")
Good points. My only guess as to the general "why" for the chronic begging is that "trolls will be trolls". They ask for them simply because they can and it gets a negative reaction. I've found that what generally motivates a troll is boredom and a desire for amusement via disruption, which is why I never entertain them by engaging whatsoever. I down-vote, move on, and hope others do the same!
What makes some wealthy people shop lift when they could easily afford to buy something? Why do some characters (Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge or Fagin for example) hoard treasure but do not out it to use?
The brain is a wonderful organ but occasionally it misfires like my old car and produces some weird actions.
^ this. Truth.
I know I found it kind of annoying when I got to the bonus skills in my first tree, because they didn't appear at first, and when they did, I'd just spent 30 lingots on an outfit for Duo (because I had no idea there was anything else to spend 'em on), so I personally think it would be handy if they appeared from the start (and those of us not keen on begging would know there was something relative useful to save up for!), but besides that momentary "oh rats" when they appear, the only logical response I can see to a lingot shortage is to do more lessons.
This especially goes when you get I think 2/skill - even the least able, if they're really stuck, can do the first lesson or so in a few different trees, no? I've even done that in trees from my non-native or not even including my native language. So I think most people should be able to manage a few easy skills in Esperanto and a couple of others. Especially now you don't have to get through in less than 3 hearts - and therefore you can get through on sheer persistence, even if very little is sticking - it seems like it shouldn't be that hard? Am I just being too logical here??!
I think that human beings always need a reward for their work and lingots are a way to satisfy that need, especially if they come in the form of red shiny diamonds! For example, why would you want to keep your streak? It's just a meaningless number that doesn't show how proficient you are in a language.