Lingot Glitch: Why It'll Be An Issue
I'm sure a lot of you have noticed the humongous lingot glitch recently. If not, here's a quick summary (correct any mistakes if I'm wrong in the comments): users are being awarded excessive (sometimes random?) lingots for upvotes, etc.
So anyway, this glitch can have an impact on all of us, starting with massive inflation. Unless Duolingo can find some way to take away all the lingots awarded, then a select population will be left with massive amounts of lingots. From there, Duolingo has a few options: take away everyone's lingots, resetting everyone to 0, or to some chosen number based on XP/ levels, or let everyone have their lingots but increase the prices of everything in the store.
If DL goes with the first option, then that's totally unfair to everyone who worked hard for their lingots.
If DL goes with the second, then that's unfair to people who did not benefit from the glitch.
Anyway, I'm still unsure about whether this is a glitch, or a hack, because I've seen a user bragging about how they "invented the glitch". Idk why you'd want to brag about being a hacker, or maybe they just meant they realized it quicker than anyone, but I really hope DL finds a way to fix this soon.
What are your thoughts on this issue? How do you think DL should resolve this. Or should they just ignore it? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Edit: Huh! My lingot counter just dropped to like 1567 then bumped back up to 2600. Wierd. But I don't seem to be getting lingots from the upvotes on this post, which is good.
Double Edit: Welp. Now I have 15600 lingots and nothing to do but hoard, hoard, hoard!
Evidence that this is a hack rather than a glitch? And why should we assume that shutting down the forums would protect anyone from hacking? My guess is that hackers (if any are involved in the problem) would go after the dispensing mechanism for lingots, rather than bothering to hack into multiple individual accounts.
A hack in the system does not mean a hack on your account. Hacking is not just what the news tries to scare you with. The majority of it is utterly harmless, like allowing a user to choose their own colour scheme. If there's a hack exploring lingots and if it's like the one last year, it will just be something like using a script to reload a page many times in a few seconds to farm more virtual currency. The word "hack" shouldn't cause automatic panic. Most likely teenagers thinking they're going to get into Anonymous.
Not that there's even all that much to spend them on though. A fairly cheap streak saver that you (ideally) wouldn't have to buy often, a 5 lingot wager... It's never been a very necessary currency and you've never needed it to enjoy Duo's features (which I really like personally).
In any case, if something happens I hope it isn't too bad (not too many lingots removed from accounts, store prices not raised too high). Everyone will be hurt by it in that case, in some way.
There actually is a way to see how much lingots other people have, but it's kinda long to describe and involves looking into the coding. The problem is that now everyone will be able to buy everything in the Lingot Store, which just renders the Lingot Store completely pointless.