https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

Why is there a waiting time before moving on?

I've never had to wait when moving on in Duoling. My friend got the app yesterday and we started learning Danish together. He sent me a screenshot and it says that he has to wait a certain amount of time before moving on, or pay 2 lingots. Why is this happening?

July 12, 2016

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mundlj

YES! This just happened to my son and it SUCKS! All his previous units are "gold" so he really has nothing to do but sit around and wait for 7 hours 59 minutes until it unlocks. HORRIBLE!! He isn't moving fast at all and still got that screen. Super annoying and discouraging for him. When he's on a roll it's better to just let him do as many units as he can. Making him stop and wait for an entire day makes it harder for him to keep interest (he's 8 and learning French). I REALLY hope they get rid of this! My 9 year old used his lingots on an outfit for the owl and has none left so hopefully he doesn't get that screen today!

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

That sounds terrible. They should make it easier to give lingots so you could help them out, I think the way it is now they'd have to make a post for you to give them lingots.

I can see this increasing the lingot begging spam too.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Leshonim

Wow, I hope that feature will never catch on and will be completely removed.

July 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

I've never heard of that but it stinks.
Maybe another a/b test, perhaps trying to add some value to the lingots.

July 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

What do you mean by adding value?

July 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

I mean a lot of people complain that lingots are useless and not worth having because there is not enough to buy with them. Maybe they are trying to change that a little and make them useful.

July 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

Huh ok cool. Thanks!

July 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

how come you didn't post a sun in this comment?

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

Uh oh! I forgot :(

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

It might be something designed to prevent people from rushing through a tree without having practised the basics enough (whereas practising more will lead to levelling-up and gaining the necessary lingots). If so, it's a rational idea, although I remain sceptical.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

I thought of that too, I wouldn't like that idea, I like to rush through and just do the tree over and over until I know it. I've always said I'd rather do a tree 12 times a year than once a year. There are a some skills that you seem to never hear from again but I think most of them you practice as you go down the tree anyway.

Two lingots is pretty cheap though so it wouldn't matter.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Yes, I generally like to move quite quickly, too, as I find that later skills often help cement earlier ones.

I have almost 5000 lingots, so it obviously doesn't affect me, but, having seen the screenshot, I certainly do wonder if Duolingo is planning to sell lingots for money at some point and turn people's impatience at having to wait into a revenue source... (It would probably work, too, although the complaints from some quarters would be deafening.)

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

That could be what they are thinking.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

The problem I have with that idea is that it dumbs down the MENSAs and treats them like average "idiots" whose brain is exactly like mine is. I have bonified brain damage. To do that to me, would make sense. But to do that to someone who already is fluent in 3 languages is silly. Once you know 2 languages, learning a 3rd is easier. But once you know 3 languages, learning more is just a cake walk, assuming you aren't moderately to severely dyslexic.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Leshonim

That's sad if the basic stuff, like progressing when one wants to, will get locked behind purchase (albeit virtual) instead of additional things to buy with lingots getting introduced.

I'd better save up those lingots!

July 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Post the screenshot.

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

Idk how to

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

You need firstly to upload the image to an image host (e.g. ), and then include it in your post using the following code: ![](URL) (with no spaces, and obviously with 'URL' replaced by the URL of the image file in question).

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez

Here you are..

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Vis_i0n

Haha thanks. And yup he just sent me another screenshot and after waiting out the other time, the cost doubled

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/velvelajade

I just thought of something. This may be their way of keeping robots out. I would still have him put in a technical request. I vaguely remember having this same issue with German, but it was a quite a while ago.

January 31, 2017
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