Why only 5 notifications???

Hello there!!

I'm wondering...why is there space for only 5 notifications in the "bell" icon???

I'd really like to answer many comments, but they are simply lost due to this limitation. (When I get more than 5, the sixth isn't visible anymore).

Does anyone has a hint? Is there something I'm missing??? (besides the notifications :p)

March 4, 2014


I have the same problem...I've even had moments where I've seen a certain notification that I intended to reply to later, only to lose it because a new notification pops up. There used to be a button on the bell that told you that you could click on it to see more notifications, but that button was broken and only took you to your stream. I wonder if they're planning to implement that again with a working "see more notifications" page?

I guess the only way you can make sure that you don't miss anything is to enable all your e-mail notifications as well as follow every discussion you're interested in. I hope they would consider putting an on-website page where you can view these things though, since I don't like having my e-mail full of stuff, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

March 4, 2014

Man! That e-mail are totally right.

I've got THOUSANDS of e-mails from Duolingo. All because it had me following discussions automatically. And those are comments on already answered questions, comments concerning someone else.

90% of that is just useless, they are not directed at me, while the "bell" notifications are.

Even discussions that I'm interested in have e-mails coming from other parts of the discussion which are not comments of mine.

I haven't got the energy to go mining trhoug them to find about three comments between twenty or more every day.

I need notifications....

March 4, 2014

One small gotcha is that there is no "Reply" button for any comments you write which happen to be on the indentation limit. At the moment you are notified when someone replies to your comments but nobody can ever reply in this case (no button) and therefore you still have to rely on an email in this situation.

March 4, 2014

I agree with you, but I don't see it as a "gotcha".

I see it as another thing that might need improvement.

March 5, 2014

Thank you ....!

I hope my reply finds you fine.

I'm so relieved that somebody asked this question . And even if I'm replying three years after the post, I vehemently want to express my relief after having seen many other people also annoyed because of the only-5-notification thing. Your comment made my day, you deserve a lingot.

I also happen to agree with the e-mail problem. It's not a practical solution, and I'm also very annoyed because of the huge stock of emails I keep on receiving.

March 17, 2017

I get my duolingo notifications put in a separate email folder. I prefer using email to read notifications because it's quicker to deal with the ones that aren't interesting. It's also quicker for those discussions that have so many comments that they take up to a minute to load.

March 4, 2014

How do you do that? I mean how do you make a separate email folder for duolingo? Does it work for gmail?

March 4, 2014

Gmail has a really good filtering/tagging system built in; a simple filter that finds everything coming in from and adds a flag to it works really well to visually sort all the DL email from everything else.

When you open an incoming email from Duolingo, one of the buttons above the actual email is "More", and one option there is "Filter Messages Like These" - that will take you through applying a filter.

I've got a huge array of filters running in my Gmail account and a corresponding set of tags to sort things by, including a "Languages" tag that is applied to all DL email, and to some of the other websites and language resources that sometimes send me email.

March 4, 2014

Nice! Thank you! Have a lingot :)

March 5, 2014

Have a lingot on me!

May 17, 2015

Simple, they have constraints in terms of space and storage. They could conceivably store hundreds of notifications.. Sending an email is an easy way of getting rid of all these messages/notifications. If the user wants to read more they can review their email, if not they can view the specific threads.

I'm sure the next thing people may say, is that it is only storing a few. But if the 20 million Duolingo users are considered, then this is a lot of not really important information they are storing for no other reason than convenience.

Personally, I just unsubscribe (once I've posted something) to all discussions that I don't think are really important or will just spam me with too many notifications.

March 4, 2014

Then they could at least separate e-mail categories. (Since they've done it for notifications).

One containing any kind of comment, another containing answers to you.
Just that and I'll be very thankfull.

Unfortunaely that "following discussion" button has a bug, it doesn't tell me I'm following a discussion automatically by commenting.

For storage, they could keep it as they do with the stream. Have a limited time of storage.

March 4, 2014

On your profile settings you can untick the email for "Somebody responds to a discussion I'm following". Doesn't that work?

March 4, 2014

I'll give it a try....probably it will dismiss all e-mails. Even the ones I want.... Can someone comment here for me to check out???

Ok, I tried it. As suspected. No mail at all. Not even the important ones.

March 4, 2014

That is the only box I've unticked. I still got mail for someone editing my translations. But you need someone whose inbox is a lot busier than mine to do it too to confirm it's not working properly. If someone wants to friend me or post on my stream I'll confirm if I got an email for either.

March 5, 2014

There should be a box "someone responds to your comment". That would be the perfect.

If I UNfollow a discussion, and with that "someone responds to a discussion you are following" UNmarked, I still get the notifications if someone responds to a "comment" of mine.

March 5, 2014

I just noticed you don't get emails for translation lingots, which is probably why I'm not getting them! So working correctly for me as far as I can tell.

March 5, 2014

It really needs to have its own page like the "Activity" stream does.

March 4, 2014

Well, actually, on your discussion home page, you have 3 "tabs": Popular, New, and Followed. So just add there the discussions you do not want to "loose". It won't send you a notification, but a least you know where to look, you don't have to browse hundreds of discussions.

March 5, 2014

It's not about following/unfollowing. It's about comments addressed directly to me.
Comments of mine are everywhere, I'd have to follow every discussion where I've commented, to check manually if their changes concern me. It's the same as check every e-mail I get.

March 5, 2014

This isn't a solution, but if you want to know what you commented on Duolingo's discussion pages, you can use Google search: search for "site: [your nickname]" but I know this is nothing like a solution. And I completely agree with you!

April 2, 2014

Does this qualify as a humblebrag? :-)

March 4, 2014

I didn't know there was a word for it... Humblebrag, must remember that one. So useful.

March 4, 2014 wasn't.... =\

March 4, 2014

No, your post did seem on the humble side. ;) I'm so going to use the word on Facebook though... Watch out, my so-called friends...

March 5, 2014

On a different matter. Does anybody know why i do not get the discussioms any more on my android phone through my gmail?? I see notifications on the desktop but not here on my cell any more. Does anybody know why this is happening??

February 4, 2015
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