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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amien7

I can't follow people

when i click follow button on user's profile , he doesnt appear in "follwing" section in my accout .then i open his account to check follow button . so it appears that i dont follow him , how to fix this problem so i cant add people ?

August 25, 2017

31 Comments


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

Same here. What can we do about it?


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

I would report a bug.


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

It will let you add followers if you have at least a one-day streak.


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

I have a 301 days streak and this is now happening to me too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AvrahamGra3876

Kept your steak, all this time...


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

What if you have over 60 days streak??


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

Same here man. This problem started happening to me today. I reported a bug after I talked with a mod, so hopefully it may be resolved soon. I encourage that you too report the bug to show that it's happening with more than one person, to make it all the more important.

Also, please move this to the Troubleshooting topic, as more people reliable to answer your questions will be lurking there.


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

I was having the same issue, after the advice on another discussion I was able to follow people again after achieving a '1 day streak'.


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

Oh dear, hahahaha, yes it really is that simple. I've been struggling with this for two hours and finally sumbitted a bug report, and then found your comment, whizzed through a refresher practice to generate a 1 day streak on the account I was trying to follow mine, and it immediately fixed the issue. So the bottom line is that you can't follow someone if you don't have an active streak. Silly really, it's a bug, but it has an extremely simple workaround. Thank you VERY much for posting that in this thread, I would have missed it otherwise. Have a well earned lingot :o)


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

I also submitted a bug report and got a response from Duolingo after I posted this:

"Thank you for contacting Duolingo community support. We have recently implemented a change to the social functions of the website. Users with 0 XP or who have been inactive on the website for 3 consecutive days will no longer be able to follow other users or participate in other social features."

So it's not a bug, but an intentional change, but they haven't informed anyone which is a little frustrating when you don't know why it won't work.


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

It's trivially easy to work around this issue - I just did enough XP (10!) to create an active streak on the account that wanted fo follow me, and the Follow button magically worked.

So I've added to my bug report, a request that they simply add a comment next to the Follow button to advise people they need an active streak before it will work. Simples :o)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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So what happens when you follow someone? Is it only on the app? I know how to click on to follow people but nothing happens other than it showing I am following whoever. Maybe the people I am following don't have streaks. I tend to follow people who give good answers to German questions; usually native Germans. Thanks in advance.


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

Following people puts them on your Leaderboard. You can see the Leaderboard on the Home Screen in the Web Browser interface, and in the Profile screen in the Android App. It allows you to see how your friends are doing with their XP. If they follow you back, they get your info on their Leaderboard.

They also turn up in your Profile on the Web Browser Interface, but with less information.

In any of those places, you can click/tap on a friend which will take you to their profile screen so you can see more detail about which languages they're learning and how far they've got in each one.

Sadly the Windows Phone App has much less in it than the Android App, unless I'm missing something - I don't think it even displays the Lingots, or badges, or friends, or the shop, it's just the basic lesson interface but at least it does that ok.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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@Gigabeast - Danke für deine Antwort.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuksi85

I have exactly the same problem. Now that they are monetising the app it turned into rubbish.


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

It will let you add followers if you have at least a one-day streak.


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

It works. Thanks. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anshul.T

when i click follow button on user's profile , he doesnt appear in "follwing" section in my accout .then i open his account to check follow button .The button is also not visible


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParkHyungS7

Has it only happened now....probably you could refresh your window and try to follow someone again...hope that helps :)


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

Nope. Everything and anything I have tried. That is why I reported the bug. Thanks for trying though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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I have clicked to follow people but I don't notice that anything different happens. Usually I don't chime in if I don't have something to offer but what is supposed to happen; do you see when that person answers questions? I really want to know.


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

When you follow somebody, they appear on your homepage under your leaderboard. You have to scroll down to see it though. Then, you can see what their XP is for the week, month, or all time, and compete with them or whatever you want to do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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Danke Herr Martian.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anshul.T

We should report a bug


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amit_Singh94

You need to verify you email first


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

Your account requires a 1-day streak, at the very least.


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

I have the same problem

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