https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

What should we do with all these lingots?

I've been wanting to know if anyone can think of something fun we could do with the lingots, so we could suggest it to the people at Duolingo. Today, I received 8 more lingots, and now I've got 436 lingots and nowhere to go with them. For some reason I keep going for the double or nothing thing every week--more lingots! And now I've got a streak going and every ten days there they are--more lingots! Every chance I get I apply them to the streak freeze, I've purchased everything available at the outlet. I've been trying to give them away to people on the discussion threads and they just keep giving them back.

Does anyone have any ideas about what we could be doing with all of these lingots? Could they be used to incentivize something? They seem like an idea Duolingo never quite got off the ground and now they're piling up all over the place.

What should we do with all these lingots?

May 6, 2018

38 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/aanaaaa

It would be great if I could exchange them with chocolate :D :D :D ... Can you imagine? more than 11,000 lingots with chocolate :)

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Izim_M
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People would start learning languages for the sole purpose of getting chocolate

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

What's wrong with that?

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Izim_M
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Nothing whatsoever, haha. I was just stating it.

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/misschameleon

Cette une bonne idee! I could definitely get behind this.

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

I like this idea a lot!

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/aanaaaa

It could be chocolate owl shaped :)

May 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

The Duolingo owl would definitely make a really cute looking chocolate.

May 6, 2018

[deactivated user]

    I would give the lingots away, (it’s nice.)

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dondy18

    How about we come up with sponsorship challenges? For example, I could offer to give the first 50 people who reach level 10 a lingot. First they would have to register in my thread so that I could check to make sure they are not already level 10, and then on a given date registration is closed. As soon as each participant passes the challenge, they post again, and since I can see they have level 10 now, they get the lingot.

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dondy18

    Similarly we could use lingot challenges to encourage people to post things in discussion that we would like to see - not just answers to questions like du and de where it is hard to tell if the comment is useful after you get a decent answer, but "The first fifteen people who write a 200 word essay about a little black dog and an alligator and post it here will receive ten lingots!" or "Looking for contributors to a list of vocabulary on the subject of sewing. Each person who posts a new relevant word gets 10 lingots and anyone who posts a new idiom gets 15. I have 200 lingots to spend..."

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Malora_Ro

    I like this idea, too. You could have contests for the most interesting/entertaining story. That would be fun.

    May 10, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    Well, host a competition! If you are going to, please give me the link to it. (I'll most probably be the first one in!)

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

    I like to give them out to posts that I like, or as a little encouragement.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/justlisax8

    I thought this was a legitimate question, scanned all the way through the thread and am leaving still with nothing to do with the lingots...

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

    I thought so too, that's why I posted it. And then I got five more lingos and spent them on the thread. So I'm back to 436 lingots and nowhere to go (now 435, since I just gave one to you).

    I've been looking around and it seems like someone started a thread like this three years ago. It might have lead to the "flirting" lesson that you purchase from the lingo store, although I can't recommend that anyone should use any of the line you might learn there. Maybe we could also learn some mild insults? Just so we know what people are saying.

    So I was thinking that we could recommend some more purchases for the LingotMart. At least we know where to find a chocolate school.

    https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4493796

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dondy18

    Of course while this is a way for us to spend lingots there is no payment to us for giving for the challenges that produce essays about little black dogs or encourage people to reach level 10. But our friends could pose challenges for us, as in "Dondy18, if you write a review, in French of the movie "A very long engagement" I will give you fifteen lingots but you must also post me a challenge to review the French movie of your choice, and then reward me with fifteen lingots when I post the essay."

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dondy18

    All my ideas have one significant drawback - the person who poses the challenge could fail to pay up. Boooooo.... But of course since the person writing the essay, or whatever would have advanced in their studies they wouldn't be out anything tangible and would have gained, just not as much. We don't actually want to swap anything of real value - it has to be only virtual.

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

    I have 18k plus because of the lingot glitch. I wish it would reapear, it was quite fun, though it is clear there are limited uses for lingots now.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

    18K? What is the lingot glitch?

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

    Yes. A magical event that wasn't ever fully explained

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    He has 18,000 lingots. The lingot glitch is where some poeple get SO many lingots and they didn't "deserve" it. They didn't work for them. It happened lately and he says he wants it to happen to him again.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

    I think I did deserve it because I figured out how to get more from the glitch. I worked for that. And it looks like you just might be a person who couldn't figure it out, which is why you have so few lingots.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    Pretty much, yes. Do you mind sharing your trick? I've never been in need of lingots though, although it will be cool to have a lot, like you. You seem pretty happy about it!

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

    Enzo, I think you'll be more willing to share your secrets once I figure out a way to convert your 18K to bitcoin. :) That way we can all go to chocolate school in France.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

    Well I didn't cause it, but I figured out how to get more lingots as a result of it. If it happens again...which I am unsure if it will because it was very random, I am not sure if my trick should be shared because then other people would get more lingots and I don't know if there will be enough to go around.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    That depends on where the lingots come from: they from Duolingo itself. Duolingo as a programme or website would surely not have a lack of lingots?

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Fergus138287

    i don't really care much about lingots, but ive always earned all of my 160 lingots.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

    Well its sad you have that few. So sorry

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

    I give some away to newbies who probably have few lingots.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dondy18

    Anyway they could be used in foreign exchange? Are there any other games that we could swap the lingots for virtual currency? Such as gold in Runescape, etc? For gamers you'd need to start a thread with mutual interest. And of course, during your in-game encounters you'd have to speak in French.

    May 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruthenium99

    What if Duolingo made a contribution to the Endangered Language Project based on our "giving back" lingots?

    May 20, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

    There are owl chocolate molds available, do a google search for them. (I went to chocolate school two years ago, so tempering chocolate for molds is a process I understand well.)

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ren918302

    Wow. I didn't know chocolate school existed. How can I sign up! :)

    But if even I get chocolate molds and go to chocolate school, I've still got 436 unused lingots!

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

    The Chocolate Academy is run by Barry-Callebaut, the chocolate company. They have locations around the world, I went to the one in Chicago for a week of 'Chocolate Boot Camp'. I'm hoping to improve my skills to the point where I feel ready to take the followup course in the sequence, possibly next year.

    The San Francisco Baking Institute also offers a one-week introduction to chocolate, but I think they only run it once every few years. (I also took a one week introduction to pastry course at SFBI, founder and chef Michel Suas was the one who suggested I take the course in Chicago rather than the one at his school, in part because he knew I live in the midwest.)

    And I've got 1740 Lingots at the moment.

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

    I noticed you like food and cooking in your profile and here is proof! :)

    May 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruthenium99

    Ditto. I suddenly went from several dozen lingots to 35,000 and now have 57,768!

    May 20, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

    give them to me

    May 6, 2018
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