https://www.duolingo.com/k.gabriel.nowak

Too slowly weakening skills

I do not know whether other people noticed but my skills that I achieved are weakening too slowly, actually not at all. Since the beginning none of the bars fell below the maximum level. Of course I repeat some skills, but definitely not all of them. Any advice?

April 28, 2014

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka

same problem here. People like us, who review regularly hardly ever have any skills decay - at the same time less regular users complain about having to revise to many skills. Duolingo is trying to find the middle path. Unfortunately, having different decay speeds for different users does not seem feasible at the moment, as the team has limited recourses and maintaining any optional settings would require a lot of staff attention :(

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/k.gabriel.nowak

I understand your point but decay of those skills is one of the motivational "things" which motivates me to repeat older skills. Without it I do not "see" physical change which means I do not have an urge to repeat. I wonder whether such options to change speed of decay is such a troublemaker. Would like to hear an opinion of the team member.

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng

That suggests to me you're revising properly. I never revise unprompted and my skills change colour all the time, so if that's what you want give that a try...

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka

by itself it probably would not. but there are a million things that have been suggested to be customizable and the team cannot implement all of them. As you can guess, people disagree on what they would want to have implemented, so there is no way to find a consensus. Some people want the skill decay to be modifiable, some want custom practice session etc etc. So, the team has to find the middle way for all of these options.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng

I read somewhere that the program notices whether you check hints or not and that affects points? Can it also affect speed of skill deterioration too I wonder? I don't revise skills unless they change colour, but my problem is I'll often get 7,8,9 skills change colour all at once, and with great frequency.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka

peeking also makes words decay faster. Not sure if at the same speed as making an error, but it definitely affects decay.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

It definitely isn't at the same speed as making an error, but it does affect things :)

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng

Thanks. Does getting accents wrong constitute an error? Or punctuation? I never bother with either for speed reasons mainly. Does looking at the same hint more than once count even more? I will often doublecheck even if I think I know the answer. I might have to stop that.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka

I doubt that checking a hint more than once counts more, and I do not think accents count as errors which would affect decay…but honestly I do not know.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

I didn't see any decay in my tree until I hit over 1500 words. I now occasionally will have a skill decay on me.
Oddly enough, my 'to be' skill is currently decayed, and no amount of 'practice weakest skills' seems to make it golden. You would think I would use the 'to be' skill enough in any lesson to keep it golden, so I'm a bit wary of what caused the decay.
(I know I could click on it and do a targeted practice to make it golden, but I like the organic nature of DL, and its the best way to figure out how their system works).
Also, I had Basics 2 recently decay on me. I went ahead and strengthened it with a targeted practice after a few days because I thought it was silly to have that skill decayed.

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng

What is 'practice weakest skills'? I only have a strengthen skills, is that what you mean?

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

Yes :)

April 29, 2014
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