https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448

Please Create a Streak Rescue!

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I know, I know--there is the streak freeze. And when I lost a 100-day streak (due to being in a different time zone), I finally started using it. (I didn't understand what it did before then, or I would have employed it already.) However, losing a big streak strips me of motivation. I feel angry and sad, and the drive that was already flagging decreases all the more. I know it shouldn't bother me, but it does. I had the goal of going for one year, and I just lost a 270+ streak because I traveled on Thursday and neglected to get another streak freeze. I completed Friday's, but my husband is out of town this weekend, so I've been handling things alone. So when I sat down at 12:16 am, I realized I had just lost my streak SIXTEEN minutes too late. Absolutely gutted. I wish there was an option to purchase a streak rescue--something that could be purchased the day after you lose the streak. In fact, I would pay the amount of lingots equivalent to the days of streaks. Seriously. I will pay 273 lingots (I think that is what my streak was on) to get it back.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Sometimes reality is difficult. If I miss a day at work, even for a "good reason," I have missed a day at work. I cannot buy insurance after my house burns down. So it goes. I have broken streaks in the 180, 200, and 200 day range, and life goes on. Are you here to learn a language, or post a number? ;) If you have been on Duo 372 out of the past 374 days, good for you. You know that you have done that. No need to try to falsely re-create the past, methinks. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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I know it is a good motivator, but your main motivator should be that you are learning a new language and if you lose your streak you still have that knowledge. But Duo has thought about the days when you have no time to practice and it would be a bit over the top to provide another, retroactive, streak freeze.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Hmmm, not sure i agree wih one person deciding what another person's motivation 'should' be. Diversity is human and differences in learning style and motivation could and should be respected.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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But to me, it's silly because the only things you receive for maintaining your streaks are lingots...which then go back into maintaining your streak or increasing your lingot amount through streak freezes or double or nothing. (And into quizzes--I've already purchased my bonus skills and timed practice). Moreover, when I have gilded a tree, all I am doing is maintaining it at that point, so the motivation does start to flag on that end. (I know the translations exist, but I don't always have time for that.)

And I don't care about others' streaks--like kudos to you for maintaining your streak but I'm more interested in maintaining mine because sometimes, it is the only thing that has gotten me to log in. I have literally lost sleep to stay up and do my lessons--and have gotten up earlier in the morning to do them, and I work one FT job and two PT jobs among other obligations, so time is at a premium. I do have the knowledge if I lose a streak and care about that, but the streak has really helped me keep learning). Other days I have earned over 100 and even 200 xp past my goal; I feel like those should count more for something and roll over/provide a buffer. Maybe others care more about the lingots, but I honestly don't care about them very much and forget they are there.

And on Thursday, when I did remember I was about to use my streak freeze, I almost got out of bed to do it. But both my husband and I have been traveling a lot the last two weeks and haven't seen each other or gotten adequate rest. And for both times I lost my longer streaks, I literally realized I lost them within thirty minutes of the loss. I don't think the streak rescue should be available willy-nilly so that it can be abused, but it should come at a premium cost. And maybe you have to use it within an hour of the streak being lost or something...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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Um, "gilded" a tree. "Gelded" has a very different meaning...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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Duly noted and corrected.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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I agree. I like the idea of being able to do it but it being expensive. It would make lingots less pointless. I mean, I once lost a 120 day one and it really bothered me too. I didn't stop, but it really annoyed me at the time as I felt punished for having one day that didn't go as planned. And I know the world is harsh as others have said, but there is no reason Duolingo, a fun language learning website, has to be as harsh as the world at large.

I think even for a small streak, the idea of having to shell out at least 150-200 lingots to fix it, would be good. If someone has put a lot of effort in, they will easily have the amount to occasionally do this if something goes wrong, but not so much that they could do it every day.

As for motivation, the streak is introduced as a motivator. I can see how it then becomes a de-motivator if it is lost by something like 16 minutes.

I think I would prefer it to the streak protector really as I feel like at least every few days I see someone saying it failed to save their streak even though they had bought it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Intersting points

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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I'd even add that for a Streak Rescue--it could even have to be purchased within a certain amount of time, whatever that amount may be.

I know it's my own fault, but it's positively maddening that if I had not used my last streak freeze two days ago while traveling for work and then gotten out of bed last night to go ahead and take care of a few more things before I fell asleep that I might still have it. I typically practice as soon as I get out of bed because of reasons like this, but with this crazy week, it wasn't always possible. Well, here's to seeing how long this streak lasts!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FLchick
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ashes, It is a major bummer to lose a long streak; I've become more philosophical having lost several, but as Scarlett O'Hara said, "There's always tomorrow."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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Don't forget to log to get to a 100! Way to go!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabbyalda

I was just a few days from hitting the 100 mark. I forgot to finish typing chocolate and clicking the Continue button. Really, finishing the answer to the last question was all it would have taken. Now my new challenge is: Can I get past that streak. Only 95+ days to go.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FLchick
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Good attitude! The longest journey begins with the first step, grasshopper.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabbyalda

That and I know if I could suddenly rewind time and go back to that Friday night, I would use that time rewind feature for bigger life issues rather than duolingo streaks.

2 years ago

[deactivated user]

    That's a good attitude to have. I used to have over a hundred days. I would love to beat my best streak one day.

    2 years ago

    [deactivated user]

      Honestly I wish they would show the longest streak you've maintained and the current streak. I think it would be nice for those who miss a day because of travel because they can still look back and see how far they made it. It will also encourage them to beat their best score.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/MrFrodo.

      Personally I think the "streak" is just a number. It's the same as if you wrote it down on a piece of paper. Don't give up. Just because you didn't get your "daily XP", it doesn't mean all of that education disappears instantly :)

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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      I am so sorry that happened :(

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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      Thank you. I'm just trying to stay on top of things!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Doctorwho_2001

      You might have to contact duolingo. Someone else lost his 560+ streak. I dont know if he contacted Duolingo, but it is worth a shot.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/godonlyknows
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      I disagree. I lost a 610 day streak 3 days ago because I forgot to do a lesson one day but am not begging to get it back - I messed up and didn't practise and my new streak reflects that.

      You mention motivation - but the end goal is to learn a new language, not to build up the biggest number possible next to my username. If I could find ways to cheat the system or buy my streak back, I wouldn't have to have the motivation to visit this site every day and continue learning because I knew there would always be a way around it.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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      Agreed, some of us have few responsibilities, many are children or full time students while others of us deal with multiple jobs, children, disabilities, etc. All jobs and study attracts holidays, we should be able to take a break without being penalised. Not every place actually has wi fi either.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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      Amen! Thank you for your kind comment. Yours is a point I was also trying to make. Sometimes, it's not even possible to make time for a few minutes a day, depending on that day/week's obligations. (In most cases, Duolingo can be completed anywhere, but you are right that WiFi and data issues occur. Plus I don't like to turn off the speaking and listening options to complete my goal in a public place; I've done it, but I don't feel like I am truly learning when I do that.)

      This is also why I was so proud of what I had learned over the last few months; by maintaining my streak, I completed the course again, have actually been able to hold a steady conversation in German, and so much more. But a lot of small sacrifices went into keeping that commitment. The knowledge does remain, but the concrete evidence of a streak was a comforting measurement... And now it feels like starting over. I honestly considered changing languages this morning: I studied Spanish and French in school, and we are planning a trip to include Amsterdam, so I played around with it a few weeks ago and even refreshed a module there this morning! We'll see how long this next streak lasts!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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      I see the downvoters are out in force as usual , hiding others opinions via down voting rather than engaging in thoughtful or reasoned debate. So insistant that everyone must think, learn and behave the way they want them to, its so much like a school playground. Sigh. When will people grow up?

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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      This is the second time you have posted this in the past 24 hours.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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      That is because someone said I posted it under German, not Duolingo.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/P.Salamander

      No offence, but you can change that if you click on 'edit'.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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      Thanks. I just deleted it. I don't think I've ever posted in the discussions before, but after reading similar threads, I felt it was warranted.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ashes2448
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      And by never, I mean, I don't recall ever starting a thread--I have only replied to them. And I think I will avoid the discussion threads from now on.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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      Don't let the trolls get to you, haters gonna hate but by letting them silence you they gain a victory they in no way deserve.

      Think of them as immature adolescents and you will understand how to deal with them. A wry shake of the head and a mild prayer that they will grow up eventually.

      You have as much right to an opinion as anyone else and your lack of familiarity witht the formats can be easily overcome.

      2 years ago
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