How did Duolingo determine what crown levels people should be set to?
Previously, my entire tree was golden and my fluency percentage was 71%. As one can see I'm also level 25. Now that my tree is on the crown system, why is it that a skill such as "Basics 2" requires me to answer 350 questions (starting from level 2, going from 2 to 3: 10 practices;3 to 4: 15 practices;4 to 5: 25 practices, each practice consisting of 7 questions) of a nature such as "Les filles sont calmes" to work it back up to golden, quand je pense que je sais ces choses. I understand that the new system is meant to be a motivator, but as a completist with a strong drive for acquiring knowledge in general, a lack of motivation is not a factor for me. So I am curious as to how this determination was made, especially since an advanced learner like myself does not have a single skill preset to higher than level 3?
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I would recommend a type of test, similar to how checkpoints work, where one could test out of needing to do dozens of exercises to reach level 5 in a lesson, and simply reach it by a more advanced test.
The comment of Duolingo's CEO Luis von Ahn:
I agree too! We're working on trying to add this.
please also work on NOT forcing us into this change until you have sorted this problem out-- I have absolutely no interest in getting set back to zero which is what appears to be happening to most of the people who have completed trees and kept current with them for quite some time. That is a pretty undesirable outcome