really hate the treasure chest
just a rant from someone so disappointed in the downhill decline of duolingo.i despise the treasure chest . it has nothing to do with learning, yet you end up feeling like a schmuck for choosing the wrong one, now that duolingo shows you what you ‘could’ have won if you’d chosen differently. just what i want from my language education.
I agree, it's ridiculous - as well as the option to "get" more gems if you watch a commercial. It has nothing to do with learning, it isn't even game theory, it's just plain gambling - with the high or the frustration attached (depending on whether you chose the "right" treasure chest).
What bugs me most, though, is the owl popping up after five questions to tell me how good I'm doing. Seriously? I don't need the owl to stroke my ego after answering just five questions correctly - it's ridiculous and childish, but I think that's the point. They made it child-friendly, so now all the rest of us have to put up with these ridiculous features. Once they get the website to match the app (and, as I see it, this is the direction they're taking), I think I'm going to quit Duo for good. It's a shame, it used to be such a great site!
You're right, I probably should have, but I only use the app when I'm on the road, so didn't really have the time or the patience to try and figure out how to get rid of the annoying owl, particularly since it just appeared to me three days ago :) Thank you for the tip, though, I'm applying it right now. Cheers
Little Shadow, I have no idea what version I have - I just downloaded it a year ago on my iOS and started working on it. It seemed fun when I started, but then the bots appeared and then, three days ago, the little owl started letting me know how brilliant I am :p The bots, while a good idea in principle, are no substitute for human interaction, as they get really confused if your answer is not in their coding. It is, however, fun to confuse them, if you're really bored :D
On a personal note, thanks for being so supportive, but I can't see why you love us all (I assume you refer to experienced users). With Immersion gone, we cannot really help anybody too much, other than the occasional forum discussion. With Immersion, beginners could really benefit from experienced users - I know I was fortunate enough to meet some people who were amazing, they donated their time to help others understand the subtleties of language and make huge progress almost overnight. With Immersion gone, they were gone too, because Duolingo lost its appeal for them.
On my Iphone, at the end of the lesson, it gives me three treasure chests to choose from, as a reward for doing my lesson. These days, if you sit through a commercial, you can choose a second one to get more gems - not to be confused with lingots (my gem number is not the same as my lingot number). And it always shows you how many gems there were on the third one - hence my comment above about gambling.