Duo keeps telling me I've unlocked certain achievements. Where are these records kept?
My husband started receiving those earlier this week. I think they are called Badges. I have no idea if they are kept anywhere or if they are simply motivators that pop up when you complete a skill. (It is either an A/B test or new features being slowly rolled out. He is using Android. I use iOS and do not have the achievements/badges.)
looks like one off and one only
they are on the android profile page with a link so you can read what they are
The only worthwhile and challenging one is a sword for completing a tree, but it only gives it once. I got it by opening a finished course.
If they really want to do this they should choose things like keeping a tree gilded for a certain length of time or keeping a good streak
They are probably targeted kids with this - possibly to get them over some hump, when their initial enthusiasm wears off. I image there is some Duolingo employee who looks at drop out rates across the tree, and thinks of ways to get people to keep going that little bit further. Moving boring skills further down the tree etc. I assume drop out rates are quiet high.
Though it would be nice if they threw some stuff towards their long-time users. I doubt it would hurt new users. Perhaps they will add more, if their testing is successful.
The best thing against the drop out rate must have been the community and since Activity was removed, a lot of that help is gone (until, one day, they may replace it with something). The frustration is very visible in the French tree. People asking about the same things over and over again, but unless you once participated in a thread, you are not going to see those questions. How are the natives (or advanced students) supposed to help newcomers stick with it? I think Activity was far more useful than the badges.
I just started getting notices about "achievements" today and, to be honest, I thought my computer had a virus or something! I find this sort of thing annoying and distracting, and wish it could be turned off. I have a pretty good idea of how I'm doing without some bot awarding me silly participation badges.