https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Migueloooche

Duolingo should acknowledge us when we finish our trees!

Let's say for instance you finish the German tree. And as we all know, finishing a tree is a lot of dedication and hard work. In your profile it shows all your languages and your levels and XP. But how come not a trophy showing you conquered the Duolingo course? Honestly I think this would be a fine update, and it would be nice to flaunt our trees that we worked so hard to achieve. Just a suggestion Duolingo :D Anyone else agree? (;

ANYONE WHO WORKS FOR DUOLINGO HEAR US OUT!!! :D

January 12, 2016

42 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zakblak

I would like to see a ring around a languages flag in the forums or perhaps a star on/next to it to indicate a completed tree. It would also be cool to have a public statistic that shows all but 5 or less skills are gold (indicating a person maintains a gold tree.)

Edit: I put together a picture. Why not?

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AureliaUK

I would like to see a ring around a languages flag in the forums

Actually that's not a bad idea. Or stick a crown on it. It might mean there's less need for users to flood the forums with endless "I've finished my [insert language here] tree" threads.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveLando

Yes, a golden ring or a gold star, and we will all shine nice:) I fully agree.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheQueenZerelda

I vote for a gold ring around the flag. But nothing covering any part of the flag.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

I think at the very least they should give us a cookie!

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnIsAPandah

A virtual cookie ;)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Migueloooche

That's so funny, here's a lingot :D

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sjodni

Did he just finish the Pig Latin course?

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DougB123

Yes. I agree it's a good idea. It's currently the only "missing ingredient" of the recipe with the implementation of gamification. The social "status" of achievement would serve as a huge motivator.

It's just good behavioral psychology rewarding achievement.

It would pay off in so many ways.

I have zero doubt the results would soon be near instant increases in:

*site activity

*engagement

*and more people learning more languages more often.

The certificates are nice to show off on a social network profile to impress potential employers or clients, but everyone knows Duolingo members would also like to show off their achievements to each other, that is, fellow language learners.

It's the pride of accomplishing a goal.

Once it's implemented, it also works as motivation for a completely different reason. All the languages that haven't been completed yet suddenly stick out like a sore thumb next to the ones that have and this naturally increases motivation to complete those trees too.

So all in all, the implementation of this idea would be a huge boost to the morale of the entire community.

I'm in favor of it. :)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-oizys-

Kevin Werbach much? Have a lingot!

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dina-z

I think the issue right now is - you only have one flag icon in your profile for a language, but you can learn it from multiple trees, for example you can learn "Spanish for English speakers" and "Spanish for German speakers", and you can have one tree finished and other one just started. From database programmers point of view I assume it's saved as 1:n (one language can have multiple trees) in database, so they would have to change quite a lot to invent showing a finished tree. Probably need to start with different way of displaying language you're learning (maybe instead of having just Spanish flag you would have icon with bigger Spanish flag and smaller English flag in it, meaning you're learning Spanish For English speakers, and then you could have two icons in your profile, one could be marked as finished with a golden star or something, and other one would be a work in progress). Anyhow, I am all for it, just can imagine difficulties with implementing this. :D

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffA2

That's technically correct, but it probably isn't necessary to get into so much detail. I'd say that if you have finished any tree for a particular language, then you should get the ring or crown or whatever around that flag icon. Each individual tree could be noted on your profile page (a list of all your owls, or something like that.)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dina-z

That's a good idea actually, and shouldn't be hard to implement. :)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sjodni

A gold ring.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/schmidzy

So from what you're saying, if they implemented this, would it also fix the problem of people's levels displaying incorrectly in the forums if they are learning the same language from multiple languages? (There are complaints nearly every day about this.) If so, while it may be a lot of work, they would be killing two birds with one stone :)

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dina-z

Well, I have no idea how their database looks and how they store this information, how realistic it is to make these changes and rewrite database queries etc., I work with big databases every day and making even tiniest change sometimes can cost a lot of time and money. So technically - yes, it would. Practically, if the whole logic is built upon "one language per user" it might be almost impossible at this point.

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EnvyFangirl1

I agree, its like working on homework, then the next day you get even more homework and dont even get a grade for it. Thats a stab in the back for me. So why not get a trophy, like you said, and at least feel good about all that hard work? No clue, but i agree on a update like that!!

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ynhockey

I agree, and furthermore believe that there should be another indicator of getting an all-gold tree. This is considerably more difficult and the first time I did this I was actually expecting to get something but didn't :/ unfortunately gamification has taken a back seat in Duo recently, hopefully they are working on additional gamification features as we speak.

January 12, 2016

[deactivated user]

    That would be nice! It would also help so people can know who has competed what tree. Because sometimes you can get to level 25 in a language but not finding that languages particular tree.

    Something like: Spanish (lvl 13) (Tree Complete) or dorm thing like that, like a green check mark next to that language to show you have completed it.

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sundaes

    It used to be that you could view other people's progress in their trees. It was removed a couple years ago after an A/B test.

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

    You can still view other people's trees! You need to download a program called Greasemonkey. It is a very small download and takes two seconds to set up. Then look for a user script called Duolingo Stats.

    There is another great user script called Duolingo Course Switcher, which allows you to move back and forth between different 'native' languages right from the flag next to your name. It is so much faster than doing it the manual way!

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheQueenZerelda

    I don't mind that being gone. How much of a tree I have done and how much of it is gold feels sorta private. If people could see my trees I would get over it but at first it would feel like everyone could see my grades.

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poissonnier

    I don't need a trophy. Since the majority of people I see posting their completion notifications do so without using the target language that they spent a hundred hours or so pursuing, I feel that completion itself, together with increased fluency, should be reward enough. Do you want the lingots and the Pavlovian bell ringing in your ears, or do you want to read, write, speak and listen in your target language?

    January 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quattrostelle

    You forget the contingent for whom Duolingo is an addictive game. And Duolingo itself promotes its gamification of learning. That there are no trophies for finishing is a strange omission.

    January 14, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poissonnier

    Look at me questioning the whole existential purpose behind it all. No wonder I'm studying French.

    January 14, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Craig1985Scott

    Great idea and comment.

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthoni876

    This is a brilliant idea, sort of like a completionist cape on Runescape :P

    January 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eshaan96

    I have a LinkedIn badge. So I have got that going for me, which is nice :)

    January 13, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      Cool! I like the idea of the crown next to your finished language. It would make you feel more accomplished! =)

      January 13, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SenorDustin

      I would be happy if our language levels were always accurate first (on the discussion board), but would love the idea of having some form of recognition for completing the tree.

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krinadoodle

      They should have a crown on top of the completed languages' flags in the forums!

      January 13, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Psittacosis

      Agreed.

      January 13, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RPGTabbycat

      Perhaps it could be as simple as turning your language flag gold like when you complete a lesson.

      January 13, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KingCT

      I support this post! I like the idea of having a crown for a completed tree and a star for an all gold tree. And if you have completed two trees for the same language, two crowns, or two stars, or one of each. Three trees, three symbols etc. Might get a bit messy if someone does English from 10 languages or something mental, but you could have "crown x 10" instead

      January 15, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

      That's odd. I (and many others) actually received a trophy after completing my German tree. I do wonder why this isn't universal!

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Migueloooche

      No I mean like it should appear on your profile information. Next to your level and xp. I think it would be cool (:

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrioLinguist

      Pardon my mistake! I agree, that would be a cool addition.

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

      Maybe not everyone handed over their postal address.

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kittenhideout2

      i agree

      January 14, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SnarkyWill

      Love the idea of recognition but at the same time it does display levels. I generally assume that anyone over lvl 16 in a language has finished the tree. I also look for comments from people that have an incredibly low level for the lessons progress down the tree assuming they are native speakers or have had prior experience.

      January 25, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annalirichardson

      I agree. Pls give me a lingot(s). I actually work for duolingo so I can totally make that happen!!!!!I will ask my boss tomorrow!

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuskiGermans4Eva

      If you work for duolingo, why do you need lingots? Down-voted for spam.

      January 15, 2016
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