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Feature Request: we really need the timezone configurable

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Duolingo seems to detect the user's time zone automatically (by IP address? by browser scripts?). That's a nice feature to have by default, but for some people, lack of a setting can be super inconvenient.

The only hour I can reserve for learning Spanish everyday is around midnight. It would be too easy to miss the time and break the streak if I try to do it before 0:00; but if I do it after, sometimes I get really tired but just have to wait for it. If only I could set the timezone to somewhere else.

I searched the discussion board. Someone says using the mobile app helps (changing system timezone before launching Duolingo), but it didn't work for me. It jumps back and forth between the two, and it didn't mark as Complete after I finished 50XP.

Aside from this, I'm totally happy with Duolingo, both the website and the Spanish-for-English tree. Thanks for the great work!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ArianaMoni

This is a good idea since certain people are in different timezones. I would love if they include this feature. It would be good for everyone around the world.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArianaMoni

I support this idea. Here are some lingots. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marionon
marionon
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Thank you! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
psionpete
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The best way to get round your dilema is to set your XP target to 1 XP and do timed practice first thing in the morning. You only need to get 1 correct answer and you have met your target and protected your streak. Should take no more than 1 minute. Then you can practice whenever you like and it should not cause any problems.

PS It is unlikely that Duo would make the timezone setting configurable as it could allow people to change their timezone if they thought they may lose their streak.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marionon
marionon
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Good idea! How come I didn't think of that! :) Too fixated on the insane level, I guess. Yes, I can take a minute any time during the day to protect the streak. Only problem being that now I rely on my self-discipline, something I don't trust that much really. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

This seems like a pretty good idea. I support this!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
elvperPlus
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It's even likely going to be illegal in Europe soon. Legislation is on it's way that will forbid companies to solely use the IP address as a way of identifying where people are.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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It's not.

You are probably referring to the legislation that is going to prevent websites from blocking access to people based on their current location, but it does not prevent them from indentifying the location for other purposes. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/11/28-geo-blocking/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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As far as I've read it adds a prohibition of determining somebody's location solely by IP.

It also applies to electronical services (aka also to Duolingo).

They might also no longer be allowed to A-B test prices of in-app purchases (no "discriminatory" prices).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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Nope. You can determine whatever you want. You can't just block a service someone paid for just because they moved to a different part of the internet.

You can also set different prices:

>The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not prevent traders from offering general conditions of access, including sale prices, which differ between Member States or within a Member State and which are offered to customers on a specific territory or to specific groups of customers.

For the purpose of microtransactions, your country of origin is already provided to Duolingo by Apple, Google or Microsoft anyway, and they know it thanks to your bank or telecom operator.

And I don't think A/B testing prices is going to count as illegal discrimination, since it does not discriminate based on any protected class, and Duolingo does not have "market power".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
elvperPlus
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There are paying options that are indirectly dependent on the automatic timezone setting. Which could arguably be interpreted as discriminatory when you travel / move.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Josie439637

BEST IDEA EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Have you tried the user script DuoTweak yet?

In the "daily goal" section there is a hours +- button.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
elvperPlus
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Oh nice, thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marionon
marionon
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I didn't heard of DuoTweak before. The ideas look great but I'm slightly concerned about the security aspect since it's a browser extension. I'll stick to @psionpete 's idea of 1XP streak + self-discipline approach. Thanks anyway!

1 year ago