What Crowns Have Wrought
Instead of repeating or seconding points made in the numerous detailed and persuasive posts on the faults and disappointments of the new Crown system employed by Duolingo, I will simply state the result for this one dispirited citizen of the land of Duolingo:
What was once fun, challenging, interesting, effective and motivating is now tedious, repetitious, simplistic and demotivating.
I have recommended Duolingo to many friends and acquaintances in the past, but I can no longer do so.
I agree with this, I don't feel like the crown system has really added anything, rather that it has taken things away. Without timed practice I can no longer use Duolingo like before and am having to move on to other resources. People will say you don't have to reach level five but to me that is like saying you don't have to use Duolingo. It is a shame and disappointing to see a great resource decline but it is their site and as long as it is drawing in new and beginner users I don't think they will listen to feedback or change anything.
I seriously dont see the difference between the old and new. certainly no difference that would cause people to react like you.
What has changed? Pre crown, do the same lessons over and over to make them gold again Post crowns, do the same lessons over and over to raise their crown levels.
what is suddenly more repetitious? more simplistic? more demotivating? now that we have crowns?