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Backspace repeater, why?

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When that was first introduced I kind of liked it, because if you rewrite your sentence (backspace) you probably didn't understand the sentence very well, so an automatic repetition was a nice touch. Now it's just annoying. I won't bore you with the numerous way I can simply make a mistake and need to backspace to start again, that has nothing to do with understanding how the foreign sentence is verbalized, and by far outways the few instances where I heard the phrase wrong or hearing it again helps. Now its not a huge deal, I realized this a few weeks after it was introduced and made no mention of it until now. Its just that it's only so many times you can tell yourself, its not a big deal, its not a big deal, its not a big deal....before you just say, why the hell are we doing this for? I know for some this is not a big deal because they don't make as many mistakes as I do, but I would like to know if there is anyone else out there who thinks the backspace repeater, is more annoying than helpful?

4 years ago

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For me, too, it's more annoying than useful. Especially when I backspace twice in quick succession and get the voice speaking over itself with a half-second delay -- not very clear. If I do want to hear it again, hitting ctrl-space doesn't take much time.

However, knowing how Duolingo tends to operate, I assume that "auto-repeat" was tried out with a test group, and adopted because it led to a 3.95% increase in practice frequency and a 2.19% increase in lesson completion :).

4 years ago

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I know your joking, but Duo should know that if any positive reaction to the backspace repeater arose in there data, that this is something at least for me, took a while to become annoying and not so annoying I would stop or minimize my use of Duolingo, it just makes it more annoying than it needs to be. I would suggest that they look into how often its used and compare it to the instances where the user thereafter spends a lot of time to answer the question as opposed to answering it very quickly showing if in fact a need to hear it again is necessary. Also how often its used among sentences composed of words the user is very strong in rather than weak. And with the purely hear and repeat questions, they, I'm sure, have a list of hard to understand verses easy to understand words so they can also compare sentences composed of those, with the backspace repeater. Lastly they can see how often as stefott mentioned multiple repetitions are used which I've done myself and clearly are not intended and therefore annoying, Theres no reason I would want to repeat the sentence before the previous repetition has even finished uttering its first word.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Goim
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I'm doing the English for Russian speakers course to improve my russian. As you can imagine, I tend to make a lot of typos... I'm wanting to turn it of so badly xD

4 years ago

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I completely agree. Sometimes I have to hear the same sentence thrice at the same time because of overeager backspace use. Moreover, the first words of a sentence are usually not the ones that are troublesome so I have to ctrl (shift) space anyway for that difficult word somewhere in the middle...

4 years ago

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You know, I once submitted this as a problem ticket "Sentence playing again when response is deleted."

The response I got from the team was: "Happy to help. There are a few reasons why this might be happening. It’s possible that you have an outdated version of Flash installed, you installed browser extensions that block Flash (i.e. Flashblock), or that Flash crashed.

Here’s what I suggest you do: 1. Try reloading the page in your browser. 2. Try quitting and restarting your browser. 3. If 1 and 2 don’t do the trick, update Flash Here’s a helpful link to get you on your way: http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-FLASH 4. Try removing/disabling browser extensions Some tips for how to do that in specific browsers: Chrome - http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=113907 IE - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/internet-explorer-add-ons-frequently-asked-questions Firefox - http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/disable-or-remove-add-ons#w_how-to-disable-extensions-themes-and-plugins Let me know if this helps you!"

I always assumed this was an error I could not fix. I'm not quite convinced this is a feature. (But if it is, I agree, it's a terrible feature!)

4 years ago

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That would be interesting and funny if it were a flash or some other local computer setting triviality. I come to the message boards every once and a while to get a break from lessons, and back when I figured there was a new "feature", my belief was cemented with a good number of people posting they loved this new "feature." Now because it did go from no backspace repeater to backspace repeater, noticeably, without a me updating or changing anything on my computer, I doubt its that, unless an update on Duo's end required an updated version of something to work, and even then, I got chrome less than a year ago. However I'd be very glad if this is a problem that can, apparently, be easily fixed, though because I am in no way a computer guy I'll wait and see if this worked for anyone else, before I start changing who knows what on my computer. Thank you for the help.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edogawaconan

still annoyed by this

3 years ago