https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bubaaa

Happy to have lost streak

It is just after midnight here in Europe and I came to buy another streak freeze since I've been quite busy throughout the day. I was surprised to see I've lost my streak (not sure where I lost my previous freeze but the past couple of days were crazy, so OK). Anyways, Duolingo offered to restore it for $10. I was delighted! Not only I got my streak back (which I lost for 45 minutes), but I got to donate to Duolingo! I was wanting to donate back to people who keep this page running, but haven't found the way other than this!

BTW it's funny though that it offered to restore the streak on Android, but not on Web page.

March 20, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Glad to see it worked for you - I've seen a couple of reports from folks saying they paid their money but didn't get their streak restored.

It's also good to know there's a way to donate to Duo. Not sure I'd risk a more-than-one-year streak on it, though! I know you didn't do it on purpose, though. Just being silly.

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethD.2

Is there certain criteria that has to be met to be eligible to purchase a lost streak back? For example: Within a set number of days after losing your streak etc? What if someone had a 300+ streak and lost it approximately two weeks ago. Would they be able to purchase THAT streak back? This does not pertain to me, I am just providing a scenario.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

One criteria probably is: You must be in the right A/B test group.

I would not expect that it works for every user.
So I would not rely on this until there is a public announcement by the DuoLingo staff.

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethD.2

That makes sense. I have looked all over the forum and I haven't found anything regarding how to restore a streak through a monetary purchase. I only saw it mentioned by Duolingo users in comments like this.

March 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

I would guess the next day(s) you logon to the app and where you have not gained any new XPs / new streak, like there are no practiced days in between?!?

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

So far they are only offering the restore streak on the mobile app. When they stop experimenting with the prices they might put it on the web.

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

I'm really disappointed that I didn't get that option when I lost my 178-day streak, but I've gotten over it. I still have a finished Spanish tree to be proud of ;-)

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuciusVorenusX

Actually I don't have the option to restore a streak on my Android app either. I presume that this is another A/B test thing, though what it could be comparing I have no idea.

My own feeling is that sometimes losing a streak is a blessing in disguise: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21701669

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bubaaa

I can definitely agree with everthing you said. I was surprised that I wasn't so bothered about the lost streak either, I just used the win-win situation and donated some money.

Duolingo is obviously focusing on complete beginners and I think it does it well, but it becomes pretty mundane after doing it for 300+ days. My goal is having a golden german tree..and with the tree having 130 chapters...it becomes incredibly tedious work.

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/royaberarth

I think that Duolingo should award us a day off for every 30 day streak and let the days off accumulate so we could take a week off now and again.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethD.2

That is a great solution, although too idealistic for it to happen.

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niamhwitch

Oh gods... Yeah, I think I'd make the same choice if I lost my streak. It's nice to know that's an option now.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillWarren2

I don't like the ads on the new app though most,if not all,are free. Are you saying they are now charging real money and not just lingots to restore a streak? If so Duo is well on its way to being a fremium,and not a free service , just like basuu.

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KentAnthony

you mean you have to give actual money and not lingots?

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoNoEsImposible

Yes. It is a feature in the app, I believe. If you lose a very long streak, you can pay real money, again, not fake, but real money, and have it restored. I would guess nobody except people with very long streaks would do this.

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KentAnthony

oh my...well why not if you have a very long streaks (?) haha

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

You could pay for the streak on the Android app? What version?
Is this new??

I thought to pay back one's streak is only available on the IOS platform?

March 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bubaaa

I'm running 3.43.3 Android version.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillWarren2

Well I will have to make as much progress as I can before they become like the other freemium language services and basically price me out of the market on my fixed income.

I can make an occasional one off payment but can't afford any more recurring payment subscription services since I rely on my designated agent to transfer money from my SSDI linked account which forbids any bank cards to my personal checking account. $5 or $10 is a fairly big bite of my disposable income since the Home I live in takes all but $90/month from my Social Security ,from which amount one has to buy ones personal grooming and hygiene (TP) supplies since the latter are no longer covered by the new owners.

March 22, 2017
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