Will there be badges for total days active, lost streaks, and completed trees?
Bonus question from the series Ask us about Duolingo, Round 2!
Are there any plans to add a "Total Active Days" badge, or include their highest lost streak next to their current one? Even though I lost my 178-day streak yet I'm very sure I've been active for at least 400 days, and no one can acknowledge that unless if I tell them. Also, what about an indicator on a flag that stands for a completed tree? Just a suggestion.
YES! We're constantly working on making Duolingo a more rewarding and entertaining experience to help our learners stay committed, learn more, and have fun. Awarding badges is something we've discussed quite a bit recently. You’ll be happy to know that we are actively working on designs and all three of your ideas are on our list!
We absolutely think total days active, longest streak, and completed trees are worthy of recognition and celebration. Whether you see indicators in the next few months is all up to whether these badges end up encouraging learners or not. As usual, we'll be over here testing!
Thanks for your suggestion!
As someone who's been here a very long time - since the beta days, I'd love to see this. I lose long streaks regularly due to travel where the internet is not reliable. Losing my streak used to put me off wanting to come back. I've gotten over that feeling, but having a "member since" date and/or a "longest streak" number might help others want to stay.
I would also propose to add, specially if forums are to be given a boost, our native/already known languages icons next to the current learning ones (without the level number, that is). This way it would be easier to spot the native speakers' comments of the target languages.
A great idea! But first there should be an option to add into our profiles what's one's native language on a side of the language that we are learning from. That's because for many of us these two are not the same thing. For example, I'm Bulgarian, but I study French from English...
Staff regularly reads through the forums and jots down suggestions. The list is long, and the a/b tests many. So, it can be an exceedingly long time between an idea getting jotted down and the idea showing up as a feature. I'm glad though that you get to know your suggestion from that post played a part in the badges feature. :)
I looove the "total days active" idea!!! The streak has become an issue for our family. My 9 year old daughter has a streak of over 1,000 days. We haven't gone on vacation in a long time, but are planning one next year. However, my daughter doesn't want to go on a holiday or go camping where there's no internet access, because she doesn't want to lose her streak that she's worked so very hard for... understandable, but not great in terms of life balance! I'm sure she'd be very happy to have a total days active streak, though.
Oh, i hope this encourages people. I think showing completed trees and longest streaks etc would be a really nice addition.
Besides anything else, regarding the completed trees thing, I always feel like my German level is wildly misleading, and people have this unfortunate tendency to assume that level = ability in a given language. Really not always the case. Obviously, having got through a tree =/= proficiency, but between that and XP amassed, it would be a little easier to make some kind of judgement.
Somewhat related, but I'd love to see more things in the Lingot store! Not sure what could be added that wouln't require much work, but maybe different owls that one could collect just to have something to spend the lingots on as one accumulates them (maybe a french owl, a russian owl, etc.. or a blue owl, orange owl, etc.)? Of course, more quizzes for languages, more bonus lessons, and more would be great, especially in the incubator languages.
It's just a small thing, but I would like to see some kind of designation on the streak count indicating whether or not the user had used a streak freeze to reach that number.
Perhaps an * next to your streak to indicate that you had reached that many days without using any streak freezes. As soon as you use a streak freeze the * would be removed.
e.g. 300* would mean the user had completed 300 days without using any streak freezes and 300 would mean the user had used one or more streak freezes to reach that number of days.