https://www.duolingo.com/Saskia.gertie

New update??

I noticed something when I opened the Duolingo app. There’s no more health and no more gems, only lingots. Instead of health there is just a “strengthen your skills” page? I mean, I’m not complaining, I hated the health system, but is anyone else experiencing this?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bill147479
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Hallelujah! Finally DL is coming to its senses! They finally stopped this money grab. Does anyone else see it gone too?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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It’s been like that for me for months.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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You were probably not part of the A/B test, myself included.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo
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At long last!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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Perhaps you were removed from the A/B test, because I tested it with my sister's account and she still has health. Either that or my version of Duolingo is buggy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bill147479
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DL just posted on FB a message telling us language learners to not be embarassed of mistakes. Turns out they're not hypocrites after all. What I don't find fair is that all those users who've poured money down the hole for their health/gems had done so in futility.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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I deleted and redownloaded the app, and when I did, I was no longer on that horrific Health/gem A/B test! But that was a while ago...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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It probably it not only IOS app version dependent, but your signed in DuoLingo account is put into an A/B test group.

IMHO there is no easy way, just re-install an app (this deletes all data directories, at least on Android) and to think/hope, that this alone might get you out of the health / gem A/B test group...

Well, if you would downgrade to a much older IOS app version, which would have no health / gem support, then yes, you might see it gone.
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As I learned, there is no way on IOS to downgrade to a previous app version*; you are forced** to either use the current installed app version (a backup might be wise) or to download (auto-DL/upgrade if the wrong store settings are applied!!!) the LATEST version from the store.

This is one reason I would throw away those IOS stuff....even it might be safer.

Android let's you manually install any APK app files, so you can actually DOWNGRADE to a previous (older) version.


The DuoLingo app team seems - as the web team - to periodically release not tested / QS assurred early alpha/beta software; this was/is the same on Android!
Or can't remember the "inspirational owl messages between lessons"? Yes, new feature. Crashed!! Needed bugfixing and new app version release.


My opinion:

  • Never ever change a running system WITHOUT BACKUPS!!!

  • Don't be too fast with upgrades (DL seems to release new app versions without concrete / full history/changelog in a 2-4 week period).

  • Don't upgrade a running system, (to a new alpha release, containg new bugs, crashes, etc.) if you can't manually downgrade the app.

  • Don't expect that new app releases are stable / final and QS tested!
    Programmers are still humans. They WILL make errors!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seacc3
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Never had the DL app so I can't speak toward gems and health. However, I can send you a Lingot......because that's what they are good for. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sharon822547

I've been Duo'ing for 400 days on laptop and App.. never seen these 'gems' or 'health'.. I guess Lucky Me?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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The website - because of typing (and missing level modes) - luckily never had that stuff.

A learner SHOULD be allowed to make his/her own errors, especially with typing (e.g verb tenses, conjugations, etc.) AND learn from his/her previous made errors.


Tapping might be nice for the 1st learning run (very easy/easy level mode) or if you still have severe trouble with a few grammar skills and you need a little bit more help to get through...

But common DuoLingo staff:

Just don't tell me that you really believe that someone can 100% learn and review with it on the 2nd/3rd/4th.... repetitive run - on an intermediate/advanced level (e.g 75-100% completed tree) - with all the ready printed text on the brick stones.

You even made the Android app worse after new version releases, by showing the first 3-5 words of the beginning.....or even the FULL SOLUTION to a longer sentence with more contained words.
There is no setting, I can not turn this crap OFF!!!

Not every DuoLingo user is a kid or teen <18-21 years old.

1 year ago
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