SUGGESTION FOR DUO: total days count
There have been a lot of complaining posts about Streak counting (demotivating, frustrating, foolish, etc.).
I think it's good to keep it there, but in addition to it,
my suggestion is to
add next to the Streak a
TOTAL DAYS COUNT
That would show ALL the days you've been doing at least one lesson on Duo, of whichever language. They don't necessarily need to be consecutive days.
It would be SUPER motivating and would never let you down too much when you lose a streak.
Also, it would keep you on mind that, after all, you've been working pretty much on Duo and that you're doing great, EVEN IF you'd like to take a break every now and then!
Also a Total Hours Count wouldn't be bad though!
(Had the thought from this post: The demotivation of a STREAK)
Another thing they could do is turn your longest previous streak blue when you lose it. When you lose it now, its like you never had it.
Keeping a record of the days studied is a good idea and would be relatively easy to implement, but the same cannot be said for recording the hours studied. The reason is that it is possible to start a lesson or practice session and then go for a coffee or some other diversion and then come back to finish the lesson. Unfortunately the wholexsession would be counted as learning thereby giving an incorrect time estimate.
I disagree. I think they could have it time out or something for people who do that. I've never left a lesson and came back later like that but for the people who do, they would just end up with the wrong stats. It would be better than days studied because for days studied how do you know if you studied 5 minutes or 5 hours on any particular day. Hours studied would be much better for goal setting.
I don't know how duolingo measures time studied now but they must because when you create a new account now it asks you to set a time goal of between 5min. and 20min. a day instead of an XP goal like it used to. Either they have it figured out or they allow you to start a lesson and never answer a question to meet your goal. I don't know what they do, maybe they average or something. I think it's most likely that they are just guestimating based on XP earned.
Whatever the case it works great on lingvist.io, they will tell you time studied down to the second. I would love to have days studied in place of the streak though.
The other problem with using hours studied is it would result in inaccurate stats for those who like to check the exercise discussions as they go. I realise not everyone does this, but there are a lot of languages where you have to check the discussions (or take the time to ask your own question under the appropriate exercise) to have any kind of a chance of understanding grammar/some feature of the language you're studying that doesn't exist in your mother tongue.
If Duolingo offered some easy way to get back to the exercise you wanted to ask a question about, that wouldn't be a big deal, but since there is no easy way to do that, you have to stop going through the exercises, check the discussion for that exercise, and then move on.
I can do a skill in 2-3 minutes if I'm reviewing, but if I'm dealing with a new skill and the discussions are full of questions about dialect, pronunciation, grammar, other ways to say the sentence, links to other sources that might help me understand what I'm doing, it could easily take me an hour to get through a skill... not because I'm lazy or left the computer or am trying to inflate my stats, but because I'm trying to get a good understanding of what I'm doing, instead of just blindly memorising the answers.
I think I would count reading the sentence discussions as studying, especially if they'd get rid of all the jokes that take up so much space and make it hard to get anything out of the discussions. Or they could fix it so the clock stops when the discussion is open, either way hours studied would be more accurate than days and would make a good tool.
I have a folder of some 50-100 or so articles I have looked up and copied, to which I refer. When I am studying/ reviewing that topic in DL, I bring up the related articles so I can better understand.
My Spanish reading and writing has improved immensely in the 9 months I have been on DL.
When I first started, I was amazed at those who bragged about completing the "tree" in only x number of days. I have yet to complete the tree, though I am getting closer. I have only 3 more Spanish units, but since DL keeps asking me to review, I have to redo 6-10 units for every new one I complete.
I agree, I think total days would be more useful than a streak. Total hours would be even better.
I think having a total time learned would be great, I hope people would agree that it'd be cool to know how long we have spent learning different languages.
That is ingenious! I recently lost a 89 day streak and was very sad. It did motivate me, but it would be even more motivating to see how many days I have gotten at least 10 xp, which would be around 200.
A (possible) problem: how much xp is needed to go on the count? Would it be the minimum xp (1) or the goal you have set now? It might get confusing if you do the goal you have set now.
Well the minimum of course! Just so that you know how many days you were active on Duolingo, no matter how much time you spent in it each day.
But that's also why it'b be great to have an hour counter as well.
Would be totally awesome that if it warned when your streak was about to end. I think that would be helpful.
Isn't the fact that you can actually lose it part of the streak motivation? I think the level you have in your languages is already kind of an indicator of what you mention here.
Yes, the streak is very motivating indeed, but it doesn't allow you a single day for a break! And I feel like the streak freeze option is some kind of cheating, I don't really like that.
Personally for me, I haven't been looking and caring about it ever since I lost it.
I didn't do THAT many days, but still, it was nice to see.
It's just a suggestion though, I would like to see some more data around Duolingo in general.