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https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

With all the redesign, why is it that I can still hit the back button on my browser and erase in an instant all progress on a lesson? Nothing says "hey, wait, did you really want to undo the last 10 minutes of work?"

I know this has been complained about a lot - but I thought a "Didja mean that?" notification was going to be added with the redesign. What makes me even madder (at myself, now) is that I can't remember WHY I hit the back button - it flew out of my head once the crashing realization hit that my up-until-now-flawless lesson practice on those confusing possessives was GONE. (goes quietly sobbing away)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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(Just a protip: keep the title of your post short, accurate, and to the point. Then, put the meat of your post the body. I makes it more readable.)

As a reply: I want this, too. I've accidentally closed the tab with my lesson in it too often.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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I actually like the long title. It feels imbued with the same frustration I feel.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

Yes, you are right. I was startled at the IMMENSE SIZE of the font in the post title box. Though the font is immense, the box is small, so that you only see two lines at a time. I didn't realize how carried away I was! Thanks for the reminder.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asherbennaphtali

I loved your title.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bchan
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We used to have this feature, but there were an overwhelming number of complaints that it was annoying - most likely because a lot of users will refresh the page in order to restart with full hearts. It's still there, but we limited it to just the first few lessons where users might not know they will lose their progress.

We'll look into a better solution - thanks for the report!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViArSkoldpaddor

Thank you very much for the reply!

My 2c: I use Ctrl-R to restart the lesson all the time too. However, warning messages can usually be closed by just pressing one or two buttons (Enter or tab-enter) - it takes a lot less time to do that, than to re-do half a lesson lost due to wrong focus.

Also you have a "restart lesson" button now. You might want to leave the warning off if somebody deliberately presses that little button - that is a lot harder to do that by accident than to switch focus and backspace yourself out of a lesson. (and in that vein, it might be useful to distinguish between "back button"/"close page" on one hand, and "reload" on the other -- if you can)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zassyu
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I try to answer as quickly as possible, and I find myself hitting enter twice, making me unable to see what I got wrong and preventing me from submitting any feedback. A method for revisiting previous answers, if only to review them, would be beneficial.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aise
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Maybe have it off by default and make an option to turn it on in the profile preferences?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

This is a great idea. That should please everybody.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mauricioc

Have you considered showing an undo-style "Restore previous lesson" link in those cases? I realize that's much harder to implement, though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mreaderclt
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I'd love to be able to go back to previous pages without losing my work, both on the website and mobile versions.

Sometimes I can mechanically click through an example and then realize I would like to go back and see where an accent or preposition was placed. I guess muscle memory can sometimes be faster than actual thought.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuHoover

It's very possible to add a confirm dialog if the user does an action that will navigate away from a page and cause progress to be lost. I have seen this implemented on a few other websites before to prevent frustration (or to beg the user to stay).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nekosuki
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Not only is it possible, it'd be as easy as adding this line of code:

window.onbeforeunload = function() {return ""};

You can try it by opening the console in your browser (CMD + OPTION + J / CTRL + ALT + J), pasting the code there and closing the tab. You'll be asked whether you want to stay in the page.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuHoover

Neat. I didn't know you could use the console like that. I knew the javascript for doing it was simple, but I didn't realize how simple. And they could probably add some logic to check if there was any progress that might get lost on the page; if not, let the user leave the page without bothering them about it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SydneyAndrews

I think I've discarded lessons in progress with the backspace key a few times, as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViArSkoldpaddor

Yes, it is an amazingly annoying "feature", and for the life of me I fail to see a reason why this hasn't already been fixed. All it needs is a little piece of javascript, working versions of which you can find on probably a million or so pages out there, and it would stop literally MILLIONS of DuoLingo users from getting upset at the program, since I am sure there are more of us 20mio users to whom it HAS happened than to whom it (so far) hasn't.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anglea
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Sometimes I type the wrong letter and hit backspace but somehow my cursor has jumped out of the text box and I get "back a page" instead of "back a space". And then GRRRRR.

And this seems to only happen towards the end of a lesson that was going brilliantly with all my hearts intact.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/livsoccer02

I agree! I have done that so many times!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roosky2003

I'm a newbie here, so not sure if my problem is the same thing. When doing an exercise, I sometimes want to discuss the sentence, to see if others have had the same problem/reaction as I did, but then when I then want to return to the same place in the lesson, it's gone. Is this the same problem, or is there a way round that ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bchan
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How are you going to the discussion? If you use the button at the bottom of the screen (after your problem has been graded), a window should popup with the discussion. After that, you can click the X or click anywhere outside the popup window to return to your lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roosky2003

Thanks - will give that a try.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chrisburkhart

You can always right-click and choose "Open link in new tab" or "Open link in new window."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chrisburkhart

You can always right-click on discussion or vocabulary and choose "Open link in new tab" or "Open link in new window."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

I know, I know - I just don't always remember to.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chrisburkhart

I don't always remember it myself :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gergoo

unfortunately if you used to use cmd-click on mac, it's still going to open in the same window..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Szab
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I have the same problem, please fix it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peterfish

I agree why on earth can't there be some pop up to make you confirm before you navigate away from the page? I've lost my progress more than a few times and it's extremely frustrating.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KacperKwapisz

I can make chrome extension for this, but I think it should be build-in on Duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Szab
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Please make this extension and write here! Thanks

4 years ago