To those I'm about to un-follow.
It's not you; it's me.
It's not because I don't like you, or because I don't respect you, or because I don't appreciate how you are changing your life by learning a new language.
I like you, I respect you, and I appreciate how you are changing your life by learning a new language.
I also know that a few of you friended me to earn an Achievement.
I just don't like the Leaderboard thing. It's distracting, and I want to focus on learning, not competing. If there was messaging possible between followers and followees, that relationship might be more interesting, with the possibility of trading notes and experiences. But, for now, it's all about points, and the further I've progressed, the less interesting that has become (for me.).
So I bid thee farewell and wish you all the luck in the world on your various linguistic quests. Best to all.
Thank you for the inspiration. I have been following a number of people, primarily based on the quality of their posts on various topics. I had been hoping Duolingo would at least at some point restore notifications about postings made by these people, but I'm giving up on that possibility, so I think I may also jettison my list in the near future.
But, for now, it's all about points
Could you just not look at the leaderboard? I barely pay attention to mine.
The friend feature is pretty much useless as it stands now, I've started a thread on this same matter early today, but there's a chance Duolingo will create new features in the future that includes more interaction between friends. If that happens you would have your friends list already in place instead of having to pick them on by one again.