Foul play in Sapphire League?

Lately I've participated in Duolingo's leagues, where you compete with other learners to see who can earn the most practice points per week. I've been in the Sapphire League starting 24 hours ago. The leader after 24 hours has 13020 practice points, implying completion of 1302 lessons over 24 hours, for an average rate of 54.25 lessons an hour.

Since Duolingo rates 50 points (five lessons) a day as "insane", I wonder if I may be competing with a bot or a hacker who rigged the scoring?

Thanks for your insights.

Stephen Stohs

February 19, 2019


I’m a a serious owl, I am languages. You can be sure that 13K XP after 24 hours is insane. Totally insane. I’m ok with a few thousands with very hard work... but 13K, it’s not normal.

May 19, 2019
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Follow them, then log in the website to get their username and put it in duome ([USERNAME]) to check their progress (especially the raw data), it will probably show that they used the shortcut to immediately unlock the next level of a crown (there are crows that give you 500xp).

I do the same, Duolingo can be very tedious sometimes, it's a nice feature to have :)

February 25, 2019

I'm not sure. Stuff may be really genuine on the internet but they aren't really what they appear to be in reality or vice versa. Although I don't know all the details, I'm leaning in the direction that you're competing with a person that is just very much determined to not let anyone catch up to him/her. Just because Duolingo calls 50 xp in a day "insane", there is no limit to how many xp you can get. I know some people who have gotten over 500 or even 1,000 xp in the day. BTW, this guy could also be a really fast typer!

February 19, 2019

Testing out will give you an insane amout of points. I got 2K for testing out english as a german speaker. That is how people get to the top of the board. There is a guy on the top of my gold league with 12K points and he got there in two days.

I think Duolingo should not count the points people get when they test out because they are not really practicing and are getting the points for what they already know. I do think it should be there to skip ahead of the parts you already know so you don't get bored and quit the app.

Why practice more and compete with others when you can test out. So I encourage everyone to test out a ton so that people are not gonna want to compete in the leauges. Then they would probably change the code so practicing and completing the lessons counts for points. I feel that would level the plain for people that are learning a new language for the first time with the more experienced users.

February 19, 2019

50 xp/day is hardly insane. Even without testing out, if you're serious about learning the language you should be doing more than that.

February 19, 2019

maybe they are using the duolingo tiny cards...once you complete a set you get five points. So if you keep doing a short tiny cards lesson over and over I am pretty sure you can rack up on points. I seen it happen in the silver and gold league so I am guessing they are using the tiny cards for quick points.

May 20, 2019

Silly, using those "short tiny cards" is much longer than doing short lessons with fast typing, which is how I earned more than 1500 XP in a day.

August 20, 2019

I was wondering the same, the leader in my board had 20.000XP!!!

June 21, 2019

Wasn't the guy's pseudo "a_nunny_mouse" (anonymous) ? I watched that guy a couple of weeks ago, and he jumped from 2000 XP to 13000 XP in a couple of hours.

June 13, 2019

He was probably spamming TinyCards on multiple devices. It takes like less than 10 seconds to get a quick 5 XP with the last stage of a TinyCards deck, so he probably just kept doing that.

July 1, 2019

Are the TinyCards XP's incorporated to Duo too?

July 16, 2019

yes, they are

August 12, 2019

I think the point of all this is to learn a language. so each of you learn at your own pace. you should not compare yourself to the rest. the true challenge is to end up being able to master a language. try to have fun learning because it's easier that way.

July 15, 2019

I agree, my league has way too many points in first to even be possible.

July 21, 2019

I just wanted to add a comment. There are people who have also added a course of their native language & thats how they are as well advancing so quickly. There is a user in my league doing that.

July 22, 2019
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