Keep old streak record on profile
I think that Duolingo is brilliant however I also use Memrise to consolidate my learning. Recently, I lost a hard earned streak on Duo when we went on holiday somewhere without wifi access. This was really demoralising as I had spent a lot of time building up that streak and I took a while off before resolving to rebuild it. On Memrise, your profile shows the highest streak that you have reached, and I think that it would be a really good idea to have this on Duo too. Just browsing the forums, I have seen loads of discussions from people who have lost their streaks and this means that no one else can see what you have done in the past, even if you had had a 2000 day streak or something (my streak was nowhere near this by the way!).
I once had a 130 something day streak that i lost because i forgot to do my lesson one day and I did not have a streak freeze. I do think it would be cool if Duolingo had a record of past streaks, BUT that would mean more money spent, which isn't exactly what Duolingo probably needs.
Unless you have to show to somebody this streak. Keep it in a notebook, or even in your mind. Better idea is to keep a diary with all your progress.
I lost my 130 days streak by accident, when I had bought a new smartphone and I didn't noticed the time and date. Then I used Duo and noticed that all my streak was lost!. It was like having got fainted but I said to myself okay, keep the streak in your mind. And I keep it. Nothing serious actually.
Yes, that's a possibility. But theres always the chance of people recording fake streak records in their profile. I could simply write that my highest streak was 1037 days long. If, on the other hand, Duolingo had this feature, no one would doubt the validity on your highest streak.
Now now Diana ....do you really think people would misrepresent their numbers? ( Shock ...disbelief! ) All for the glory of men. ( : ( Yes... I know you are right about this possibility/probability. ) I think PapilioMortis has a great idea. It would definitely help alleviate the sting of losing your personal streak, especially when you thought you had taken all the right steps to maintain it.
However, it is quite hard to phrase it in a way that doesn't make it appear like you are showing off what you once got your streak to. In addition, as Diana pointed out, people could fabricate their streaks to make them seem higher than they actually were. Thanks for pointing it out though, I didn't know about the bio!
I think that if we knew we could somehow beg, borrow or steal our way to get our streak back that that would be in the back of our minds and would affect our total dedication, as it is, to maintaining a streak. So, maybe not a good idea to have a backup plan. We need to plan ahead, not fix past errors or mistakes. Anyone else feel the way I do? That is until I mess up another streak and I go bawling. :,-0