Is DuoLingo experimenting with a level 6?
I just logged on and clicked one of my lessons and DL asked if I wanted to test out of level 5 to level 6?!? Is this something new?
~ Helena ~
Duolingo can be quite funny when it comes to maths. xD
I remember seeing the "add a new course" page show there being 3.98 million people learning Japanese one day, then the next day it said it had gone "up" to 3 million, and then the day after that it went up to 4.01 million...
Duolingo rounds the learner numbers to two decimal places. However, for some reason Duolingo seemed to think 3,997,404 rounds "up" to 3.00 million! It's like, instead of rounding the complete number in one go, for some bizarre reason Duolingo was rounding the fractional part of the number separately (0.997404 to 1.00) without carrying the 1 over to the integer part of the number! (I've no idea whether they've actually noticed or fixed this rounding bug yet...)
So it doesn't surprise me when I see other bugs like the one you've mentioned, since again it involves numbers. :P
I think it is a bug. Because levels are programmed to follow an order this is called an algorithm), so, when you complete lvl 0 it asks you to start lvl 1; when you complete lvl 1 it asks you to start lvl 2 and so on. So it probably didn't stop at 5 and just asked you to continue, though there is no new level to study.
It has happened to me as well.
I went ahead and completed the test for level 6 and it took me through a normal set of questions and awarded me 0 XP, LOL. I guess it is a bug although it’s a funny one. As a software programmer, I’d assume DL would loop through the levels with a statement something like “Do while Level<5”. It’s funny that it just kept going and then awarded me 0 XP, LOL.
(I don't know if this is relevant) I went to duome raw on some people and it says they get like 300 xp, then 0 xp--what's the point of that?!
Hmmm, yeah - maybe like me, they did a phantom lesson or test and got awarded 0XP. My DuoMe does show I did one 0XP lesson today and the time corresponds to when I "tested out" of level 5.
0XP is often granted with failed "timed practice" exercises where you could not correctly answer any question or the timer run out.
It got sooo hard since the code tweak when your crown level isn't L5 (e.g L1-L3).