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

Lost my 1300 day Streak. OMG!

This morning I woke up and saw my 1300 day streak had reset to 0. I usually berate those who bemoan this when it happens but to me my initial reaction was OMG and my stomach felt like emptying itself. However, after that initial reaction I felt elation for being lifted out of the drugery of having to practice every day. This only lasted for a short time because when I went in to my iPad to do a practise, I was met with an offer to restore my streak and almost without thinking I had paid the ransom and got back on the treadmill.
What an emotional rollercoaster. I will certainly be more sympathetic (and careful) in the future.

August 14, 2017

34 Comments


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

That must've been a shock to wake up to, Pete.

Welcome back my friend to the show that never ends.

For the record, here's what happened from the Duolingo servers' point of view:

Extended profile information for psionpete from:

https://duolingo.com/users/psionpete

Current streak: 1301
Last streak: 0
Days ago: 17392 (this seems to be the value Duo uses when it doesn't have a record of your last streak)
Streak freeze: 2017-08-14 02:58:08.230000
Daily goal: 1
Account created: 3 years ago
Streak Repair available (Android/iOS only): False
Lingots: 14869

XP registered for each session in the last 7 days of practice: (GMT+1)
10 at 2017-08-06 23:57:02
10 at 2017-08-07 18:36:18
10 at 2017-08-09 19:23:51
10 at 2017-08-10 08:54:22
10 at 2017-08-11 08:46:55
10 at 2017-08-14 06:58:23

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

I"m replying to this comment because for some reason the original post doesn't have a Reply button.

I just lost my 275-day streak today! So I feel for you, although 1000 is a much bigger deal. It's the better part of 3 years.

What's this about streak repair? I didn't get a message about that. Is it something you can request? And if so, how?

August 15, 2017

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

Streak Repair is only an option in the Android and iOS apps (tablets and phones). If you install the latest app on one of those devices and sign in to your account, you will likely get a popup offering the Streak Repair for a fee which will be charged to your credit card registered with Google Play or Apple App store. It is optional.

Your extended profile shows Streak Repair is available to you. It will go away after a few days.

Your practice times are shown below in GMT since I didn't see any location information in your profile. You need to make sure your practice registers with the Duolingo servers each day, if you want to ensure your streak continues.

Extended profile information for Bastette54 from:

https://duolingo.com/users/Bastette54

Current streak: 1
Last streak: 274
Days ago: 2
Streak freeze: 2017-08-15 07:02:33.746000
Daily goal: 10
Account created: 1 year ago
Streak Repair available (Android/iOS only): True
Lingots: 437

XP registered for each session in the last 7 days of practice: (GMT)
10 at 2017-08-08 03:14:29
10 at 2017-08-08 11:10:43
10 at 2017-08-10 07:56:09
10 at 2017-08-10 08:10:44
10 at 2017-08-12 10:27:42
10 at 2017-08-15 08:27:43

Report created: 2017-08-15 14:44:47

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

Thanks, just did it. It wasn't $5 as someone said, but $13.99. My first thought was "you've gotta be kidding, forget it." But then I thought about the fact that I've been using Duo for a year and haven't paid a cent, so I bought it. Despite its flaws, I like this site a lot and I use it every day. (Well, heh... almost every day. :) )

August 15, 2017

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

You're welcome. Make sure you have a Streak Freeze (10 lingots in the store) and check your streak flame updates each day on your Duolingo home page and you won't have to pay for a Streak Repair again :)

Good logic for supporting the site. I applaud you. For some that's too much money.

When you get to 300 days, consider signing up for the Streak Hall of Fame. I publish it every Sunday in a new post.

There's a link to the sign up page in my profile (for when you reach 300).

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

Yes, I usually do check to make sure I'm covered with the freeze, but this time I went two days in a row without practicing. I didn't realize that much time had gone by. I'm glad to get the streak back. I don't feel trapped by it, in fact I find it motivating. Even on the days when I only do the minimum to meet my daily goal, I've done a bit of practicing and have strengthened a skill that needs work. I am using other tools as well as Duo, but I really like the discussion forum here, which is one of the most valuable aspects of this site.

August 19, 2017

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

I felt the same with my 400+ day streak. I can't imagine how it felt to lose a streak > 1000 days.

It's sobering to have to walk a mile in a streak-loser's shoes, isn't it?
I'm glad you got the opportunity to pay the ransom (and that it worked)!

August 14, 2017

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

I was going to bed on the right side of midnight in the right timezone the other day when I realized I did not get my 1XP yet. I wasn't sure about being streak frozen, but I was tired. So I left the fate of the 1200+ to chance. She decided to free me.

August 14, 2017

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

A very long streak is a hard-won badge of dedication, and something to be proud of -- but there is much much more to life than a number by a flame on a website. Sometimes a passion turns into an unhealthy compulsion and prevents a person from growing and reaching their full potential.

August 15, 2017

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

A good reminder for me to go ahead and practice straight away...

(I'm also curious as to how much it cost, since rumour has it that the price depends on the length of the streak.)

August 14, 2017

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

I was on my way to 4 or five years when I lost my streak and I am here to tell you that there is life after losing a streak. It was very freeing, but I do miss it sometimes, especially receiving all those great Lingots ;). Having a long streak gives a bit of gravitas to one's presence on Duolingo. Glad you were able to get yours back Pete.

August 14, 2017

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

I also lost a 1400 day streak. But you know. You gotta keep going!

And besides, I'm enjoying my time learning Norwegian and Japanese.

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

It was been close to me

over those last few weeks

being on holiday

so busy and not always

access to computers

August 15, 2017

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

Glad you were able to keep it, Jack, amidst your adventures :)

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

.

Now a couple of days in the Baltics

wonderful

.

August 16, 2017

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

How much did it cost?

August 14, 2017

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

I would be interested to here from Psionpete too, how much his cost was.

I am located in the EU/Germany and the repair streak option on the Android app store cost was 10,99€, not dollars (incl. VAT)....far away from only 3,99-4,99€ or better dollar which I read about on forum thread from some users.

Either costs vary per streak length, depending on country location, differences on IOS vs Android and maybe even different per user with A/B groups (I know there was some "money amount testing" going on by DuoLingo; not sure if that has finished and they finally have fixed the price for everyone)....

And 10,99 was the price for <300 days global streak, not 1300 days!!

August 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sheila248142

Ouch! I was crying a couple of weeks ago about losing my 192 day streak due to a glitch. I can't even imagine how you felt when you lost yours. I haven't been offered the streak repair though - at least not this go 'round. I lost (I think) a 30 or so day streak last year and was offered the chance to buy it back. I think it cost five dollars US. Glad you were able to buy yours back.

August 14, 2017

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

I haven't lost a streak yet, but I can understand that it can be a very staggering experience.
It's great that you were able to restore your streak (with a streak repair, of course).
;-)

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gracey399012

holy cow ill give u a lingot

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gatoblanco26

I lost my streak too (think I was at 235 days or so) when I was traveling in Mexico and Costa Rica. I still think it was an error because I obsessively got my 10 points done every day (I was in the same time zone, I had streak protection and each day I opened a "treasure chest" proving I had done the lesson). Nevertheless, one day I saw 0 as my streak. I would have paid the ransom but I didn't want to send my credit card info over the unprotected networks I was using. The real question is why is feels so important???? I know that I have been a daily user for a long time (this is the second time I lost a lengthy streak). I have learned a lot of Spanish and it has been helpful when I have been traveling...having 9 as my streak now doesn't diminish the practicing I have been doing for a few years and yet....it annoys me. So the streak record is a weird motivator that I don't really understand but I would love to have a place on site for streak history. That would be a motivator too.

March 4, 2018

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

but I would love to have a place on site for streak history

You have!
It is in the unofficial, but very interesting www.duolingo.eu

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wesley136716

The fact that you can lose your streak and buy it back, shows how much of a fraud it is. Do you pay to say you won a race. No. That would be cheating. Because duolingo does this, it brings every streak into question.

March 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

oh no! 1300 is very much- i Always get up to five or six and then it's zero again.

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Ciao Leone, capisco bene il OMG e dopo. Una buona giornata a te.

August 14, 2017

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

whew.

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vesna2691

psionpete start worrying, you're addicted...... :D

August 14, 2017

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

Dude i felt like killing myself when i lost my 50 days streak xD i dont even want to imagine how it would feel like losing a 1300 days streak....i didn't know you could pay to restore it...how much did you pay?

August 14, 2017

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

another Duolingo atrocity!

August 15, 2017

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

The good news is that this does not only work on IOS (with the notification popup on login) but also within the DuoLingo Android app store (no popup message).

You just have to know for Android that you CAN go to the store and that the relevant buy item appears.
If you wait for a popup message - like you seem to get on IOS - you are lost.

If someone has no Smartphone with Android this is no problem, as there as Android emulators like Bluestacks, where you can install the DuoLingo Android app.

It really works!

Congratulations for restoring your global Duo streak!
You just have to know that your individual course streak is nevertheless reset to 0! :-)

I have given up already on Memrise to try to run daily course streaks or extend my old streak 95 days badget...

August 19, 2017

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

I am glad to learn from this discussion that the lost streaks (well, not steaks) can be recovered!

August 20, 2018

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

In this case I believe Duolingo users shouldn't rely on the day streak! After i lost my day streaks but not my level! I decided to compare myself with the others by my level.

August 5, 2019
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