I lost 481 day streak. :(

Hi Everyone,

It's not a new thing. Everyday somebody losses streak. I also lost mine. It was around 500 days. Which I started around September 2014 and whole 2015 I maintained the streak. But one day it has to go, one day I lost mine. I happened a few days ago, and when I found it did really hurt. Losing such a big streak and feeling that It will take so much time to rebuild it. I am terrified just by thinking how much it will take. I feel like I will never be able to make this big ever again. But at least it's relief that I had not to worry about streak anymore. Possibly my streak freeze was used and I was unaware and this mishap happened.

While I am okay with feeling for losing it. Only thing is that I want to contribute to a language course (i.e. Hindi if you are wondering) and to increase my chances among many other's applications out there, a big streak of 400-500 would be great asset, but now I have to rely only on making presence answering those learners' queries. :'(

For other peoples I have to say that don't worry if you lose streak. It happens (honestly, streaks are made to be broken one day. Nobody remains at one place always).

For those people who envy others for long streak I will say that long streak are good they motivate to keep doing, but they also can become a burden or obsession. So, don't think much about it. It will grow with time you just need to practice regularly.

And For Duo-staffs I have to say please make system which informs people if the streak is used. Many lose because they are not informed about loss of streak freeze.

Thanks and regards, Pratyush (I hope any relevant contributor out there may excuse me that I tried maintaining streak, it may not look like I have been not working lately but I have been present here for a long time.)

March 10, 2016


Why don't you just include "Longest streak: 481 days" in your profile description? (Okay, you did that, great.)

Apart from that, I know jitengore from the Hindi team. I don't know whether they are currently searching for a new contributor, but he is very knowledgeable, hard-working and if the team decides to accept a new contributor, they will choose the right person. And they will definitely see that you've been around here for quite a time. A streak doesn't matter that much.

When I search for a new contributor for our teams, these are the most important factors for me:

  • Are they fluent in both languages?
  • Are there any mistakes in the application?
  • Have they ever taught a language?
  • What other skills do they have? (Learning other languages? Soft skills? Programming skills? A.s.o.)
  • Do they actually have the time for Duolingo?
  • Do they know how Duolingo works?
  • Are they actively using Duolingo?

The last point is about being active in the forums, being helpful to other learners, actively using the languages you're applying for, learning other languages and stuff like that. Yes, that also involves having a streak. But do you know what? You don't have to be perfect in every single point. As far as I can see it, team Hindi also added one contributor who didn't use Duolingo before at all (he wasn't using the forums, didn't learn any languages, had no streak a.s.o.). Writing an error-free and interesting application and being fluent in both languages is essential and the rest is important, I'd say. But we also once invited someone who just had a B2 skill level in one language, but it was a well-thought, mistake-free and interesting application by a Duolingo user learning other languages as well.

March 10, 2016

Now why it's getting downvoted?
Because I addressed contributors my feeling directly? or it's that I told people long streak may become a obsession. Hey guys, if you do things like this to persons in their first post then they will sure be discouraged to post any discussions.

March 10, 2016

Ignore the down votes on this site. We all get them. I think some people just down vote everything without ever reading it.

March 10, 2016

Or perhaps they get fed up with people bemoaning their loss.

March 10, 2016

That gets a bit tiresome. Sometimes I see streak in a title and I groan.

I feel like this post is a bit different. But I imagine people aren't even willing to open it if they are sick of the streak posts.

March 10, 2016

I suspect that's it.

March 10, 2016
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From a user retention rate, I would be curious to see how many people give up on Duo after losing a streak. I know people who really care about learning languages would keep it up, but the game-ification really helps keep a lot of people on track.

March 10, 2016

I have wondered the same thing. The streak is, for me, a very big motivator.

March 11, 2016

I don't think losing a streak should be held against you when applying as a contributor. I'm sure they have a way of seeing what your streak was before you lost it. And everybody deserves some time off.

Good luck with your application. Hindi is the language I came here looking for so I am always happy to see people wanting to contribute to it :)

March 10, 2016

Sorry you lost your streak.

Too bad you didn't join the SHoF before losing it. You would have been immortalized in the Alumni category :)

March 10, 2016

I find it interesting how important are streak, points, upvotes and downvotes for most people, also for me. Not long ago I lost also a long streak, and there was a time when anybody give me a lot of downvotes without any reason ... so I want to learn, that prise is important and motivating, but the most important thing is to learn the language for me ... also, when the "prise-machine is broken". I wish you a lot of pleasure by learning your language.

March 10, 2016

Oh, that is a pretty tough loss. I've lost streaks of 100+ days, but not as bad as 500. When my friends lose their streaks, I do have to encourage them not to quit Duolingo (You seem to be fine, so well done!), but to remember that they're just there to learn something. A streak isn't everything. Though it's certainly brought me to the computer at 11:30 pm. It gets very stressful to maintain a streak sometimes, even though it doesn't effect your learning at all.

Anyway, well done you, it's a bad feeling to lose such a nice streak, but keep at it!

March 17, 2016
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