https://www.duolingo.com/Ethelfled

Why am I forced into this "league"?

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Hi Duo,

I like your app and most of what you're doing, but this morning I've been suddenly forced into joining a stupid "league".

Not everybody wants to participate in that kind of event, even more when we perfectly know how to grind a ton of XP per day, so it'd be nice if you did not impose that kind of decision on people.

- A passionate learner, who like many others, may not like competition in every aspect of life.

4 days ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
Deliciae
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I'm in that test group as well, and of the same mind as you, though I can certainly see how it could be motivating for others. I expect it will test well.

You can't opt out, and there's also no in-app setting for turning off the push notifications for when you've dropped out of the promotion zone or into the demotion zone. Hopefully, we'll get those options if it becomes a permanent fixture of the app.


screenshot from the Android app showing the top participants on the league scoreboard

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4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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Are the members of teams able to communicate with each other? I'd be concerned about pressure on reluctant team members who are happily moving along at their own pace and find competition demotivating. And also pressure on people who are undergoing major life distractions, such as bereavement or serious illnesses.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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No, there's just a leaderboard, no communication channels, so if it weren't for the notifications it would be easy enough to ignore.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethelfled
Ethelfled
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And apparently it's not even for the same language!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/octobermoth

Yeah, it's definitely not for the same language - almost everyone in my league is learning English.

2 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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is there no way to unjoin the league then?

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethelfled
Ethelfled
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There's no option at all, just a leaderboard

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theodhoraqis
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One of the features that makes Duo special from other learning apps is the sense of community. Not just on the forums, but in the clubs. Since Duo removed the ability to have discussions on profile pages, the clubs have become a community where people learning the same language can communicate, share resources, and encourage each other.

I hope Duo will seriously reconsider pushing this new League feature to all users. At the very least, allow us to keep our Clubs alongside this new feature. Don't replace it. Not all learning can be measured by metrics. Sometimes community motivates better than competition.

2 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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What league is that?

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethelfled
Ethelfled
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I don't know much, it just popped on my phone this morning, apparently it's divided in 5 leagues starting from bronze, and the 10 best score will advance to the next one in 3d

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Ah, an app then. iOS or Android?

I haven't seen this or heard of it either. Could you share a screen shot?

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethelfled
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I can't transfer the screenshot to my computer, and don't know how to access this thread from my phone, sorry.

I'm on android.

It replaced the "club" tab actually

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Letenebreux

I agree. This might suit some people but I just find it - and especially the push reminders - annoying and intrusive. Please add an option to turn this off.

20 hours ago

https://www.duolingo.com/decker520
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I dislike this feature and have turned off all notifications from duo in android to avoid the dropped out notifications.

14 hours ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aeries

Not liking that after two weeks of trying to convince my fiance to join Duolingo and learn with me, as soon as he joins we can't form our own club because I've been dumped into a league. Not liking that at all. Let me out!

3 hours ago
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