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Streaks: Good or Bad?

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I keep on seeing posts about people losing their streaks. I personally feel like streaks are not useful. If you get a long streak, you want to keep it... obviously. But, this can eat up your lingots because of Streak Freezes. Also, it can make you obsessed with Duolingo. Now, I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but this can cause people go do Duolingo just to keep their streak, not to learn. I think that streaks aren't that good of an idea. Any thoughts?

April 14, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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Streaks aren't just a good or a bad thing, in my opinion; they have their pros and cons. They can motivate you at first, but they can also tie you to Duolingo, and stop you from going places without internet access (which, unfortunately, has become me).

It would be great if Duolingo added, say, a feature showing longest past streaks, or total days spent learning on Duolingo.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleeent
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Not official but long streaks are shown here, including past ones. You have to sign up once you get to 300 days or more in a row and continue streaking until the next Sunday update:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13152151

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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Oh, thanks! :)

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

What else do you use your lingots for?

You only need 10-20 XP to keep your streak, which takes you 5-15 minutes to do. If that prevents you from having a life, then you have bigger issues. If people just do a single lesson to do keep their streak, then that's one lesson more than they would have otherwise. Learning is learning, one lesson or ten.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Lingots are mostly worthless. You can earn enough learning a language to get bonus skills and quizzes if you want them. All the streak does is cause lingots to pile up so people can complain about having nothing to do with them.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Bersalon
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In fact, you don't have to even get 10 XP to get a streak. You can set your daily goal to 1 XP.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm
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I mostly just give them to people that post good comments.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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I don't care at all about the streak. I have never bought a streak freeze. I care about meeting my goal each day. I'm happy that I've got a goal to achieve. Today I feel really tired and I'd rather do something else, but I achieved my goal. In the beginning stages, trying to maintain a streak helped me to get into a regular study habit. Now, it's not important to me. When I lose my streak, I won't feel sad.

I think that maintaining a streak is very helpful at the beginning stages of Duolingo. Trying to make that number get bigger helps you to develop a study habit. Making streak freezes cost lingots is clever. You want to skip a day of study, but first you have to earn enough lingots to skip a day of study. You earn lingots by study.

Some people like streaks and some people don't. It's easy to ignore it if you don't care, but it should be there for the people it helps.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I agree with Katrina. There is no good or bad, the idea is to come every day to Duolingo to learn. It is your decision if you want to be a slave of your streak or not. I know people here who decided to let it go, because they wanted to enjoy their vacation. But it is like the ring of power and it can control you. It is one of the first things I do every morning.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

"prevent you from having a life and can make you obsessed with Duolingo" <== the definition of hyperbole and the fallacy of the slippery slope ;)

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Almost 3 years without a life and to be honest, I don't miss it because I have Duolingo and all the Lingots I can use.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Nic244084

I just gave you a lingot because IRONY.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Use for what?

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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I always keep a few Lingots in my car, just in case I need Lingots for gas or for toll roads.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Nic244084

Here's another lingot, gas went up like 6 cents in the past week.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Thanks :)

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I don't care about streaks. I'm here for the languages not the game.

I think all the people who whine about their streaks and wanting long streak freezes are just about the game. If the streak was so motivating then they would log in for a few minutes and keep it. And they would try to beat their own high streak if they lose it.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

I agree. I'm discouraged at this moment feeling like what you just said, just keepin' the streak. (I'd like some encouragement from fellow duolingoers) But I do have baseball practice and games, Church on Sunday, etc. For me, it's not the streak alone that brings me down, but feeling like I have too much to do. And then I remeber duolingo and it's all chaos.

It's not the streak days MAINLY, it's usally something first. So I'm basically saying it's not the streak days fault alone.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EltonFreitas9
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Agreed. Streak day is a form of encouraging people to keep using Duolingo daily. You'll never improve your knowledge over certain language if you study just once a week or a month. However, this thing is driving some people to a real addictive behavior, only using this site to increase the numbers of fire blades in the upper-right corner of the screen. This is silliness. I'm really using Duolingo to get the basic of German and after that i will find no more reason to keep using it. But ironically, i don't want to lost my streak days for nothing, for they are like a trophy to me. I don't know man, this is confusing. If someday my streak days count reset, i won't care very much.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

Yes. I still do Duolingo, but I never keep a streak. Too much work

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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I find that maintaining my streak's turned into a broadening of my learning other languages. Yes, perhaps, keeping the streak has changed what I look for when I'm planning a trip - I look for places now with wifi to ensure that I can keep it going - but on the other hand, it's encouraged me to keep looking at the list of languages offered here and deciding what might look interesting next...

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Nic244084

I always have really short streaks because sometimes I don't DuoLingo on the weekends. sad trumpet

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoBlitz

I never do DuoLingo on a sunday, so it is impossible for me to keep a good streak.

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Alxaphyv1
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Good, cause every ten day you get lingots (1 for 10 days, 2 for 20 days etc)

April 14, 2016
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