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?
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!
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.
I've never heard of that but it stinks.
Maybe another a/b test, perhaps trying to add some value to the lingots.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
Haha thanks. And yup he just sent me another screenshot and after waiting out the other time, the cost doubled
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.