https://www.duolingo.com/Oscar921110

I'm a bit suspicious about these XP contests

Ultimately, I've been seeing a lot of 'XP contests' posts where you must give two lingots to the authors in order to enter a contest, who claim that the first three places will get a certain amount of lingots (usually 50, 25 and 10) plus they will increase the amount if they are given donations.

However, there are two strange things about them I'd like to mention: one is that they don't even mention how the contest works or about its process. They only ask you to upvote, give the lingots, friend them (not in all the cases), but not how to win. And the second is that they are being organazied by new users or users who doesn't seem to have too many lingots (who are studying only one language and are below level 10).

Of course I'm not for or against it, and since people started to make a lot of contests, I'm guessing it's either a duolingo tradition or people just liked the original author's idea. I'm just curious.

The entry fee (which is usually two lingots per person) isn't really a great sacrifice, but I have mixed opinions about it. Whether if they are doing it just for fun or they actually are trying to get free lingots.

What do you guys think about them?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

It depends on the person running the contest. Some of the competitions are scams; it's good to be careful and check everything out first. To see how many lingots a person has, go to https://www.duolingo.com/users/(insert person's username here). Hit CTRL + F and type in "rupees". If the user doesn't have the amount of lingots they are offering, it is most likely a scam to get lingots. Some users really are running genuine lingot contests and plan to give out prizes at the end, but it's good to be careful before you throw away your lingots to a fake competition. Best of luck!

(EDIT: The original link provided may not work for some users on some browsers. If it doesn't work for you, try using https://www.duolingo.com/users//[username], which has a double slash.)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oscar921110

That's actually a helpful advise, thanks for sharing it ;]

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

No problem!! :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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A little correction, you should go to
https://www.duolingo.com/users//[username]
(notice the double slash) to see their resource page :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

It works for me both with and without the double slash. Not sure if this is true for everyone...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Curious, it doesn't work for me that way. What's your browser? Mine is Firefox 51.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

That's interesting. I'm using Chrome. I'll edit my comment to add the link you provided in case the first one doesn't work for other people as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-BloomingStars-

Works for me . . .

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/games543
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The link "https://www.duolingo.com/users/" is not working..

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oscar921110

The link alone doesn't work, you need to add the username after the slash like this: https://www.duolingo.com/users/games543

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/games543
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I thought he meant to put the person's username in the web page not in the page's address. Sorry and thanks. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferret513

Oh, sorry for not clarifying. Did you figure it out?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/games543
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No need to clarify that more. Someone who usually reads everything too fast like me would easily misunderstand your comment. My fault. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adallape

Rupees? That's from Legend of Zelda. I always knew lingots looked like rupees.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/81cheney
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I've seen some very credible and real contests before. Others are complete scams. Check the grammar of people. If they type like, "why dn't u enter?" it's suspicious.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Most of the people posting them are seeking attention and followers. They don't bother to make clear posts about what is expected, when it will begin and end. And how they will decide and inform the winners.

Some of them are completely nuts and say random things like don't cheat by on an XP contest by using a Streak Freeze. Which makes it clear the person hasn't bothered to find out how the site works

For a serious language learner they are absolutely pointless. They clutter the forums with nonsense - including multiple discussions for the same contest and spamming other people's discussions and streams. Keeping the amount of garbage on the forums high and serious language discussions low or non-existent by comparison. Also, rushing through to get XP for some worthless lingots is ridiculous and does nothing to help one learn a language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KidKawaii
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Join competitions where they don't require you to give lingots. I'm in one, and he posts daily updates about who's in the lead.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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When I make my contests, I try to be clear as possible. I try to be very descriptive about my contests and my prizes are usually in the 100s. I totally agree with what you are saying. Here is the link to my current contest.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProDuoExtra
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Your contest is actually really organised with lots of details, different from what I've seen so far.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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Thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oscar921110

Your contests seem pretty good and well organized, keep up the good work!

If there's the chance, I think I will join in the next contest you run.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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Alright, I will try to let you know :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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IanShales, this is a great example! The only thing it's missing is whether people are allowed to challenge skills or not as a source for earning XP.

Technically, people are no longer allowed to require lingot exchanges as a chance to win more lingots. This is because people were making multiple scam posts. Donation requests only, just as you have done is exactly right!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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Thank you for the encouragement :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceDun
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I've joined a few xp contests since i've been on duolingo. I've never actually seen one finish. Maybe i've just joined unorganized contests. However, they do seem to be more organized now. If I'm being honest, I only join them because it motivates me to do more.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoSlowMoe

i like your thoughts, i have plenty of lingots and i an fine with joining one of the contests. -__-

1 year ago
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