Hey - did the tree update scratch my achievement?

I used to have a little gold dude with a black scarf, emblazoned with red dragon at the bottom of my tree, proclaiming me a god - or something similar - for getting through the course. The update seems to have deleted him, which seems a bit harsh, really.

April 12, 2019


Complete the five newly added skills and your golden owl will be back.

(Minus the scarf, which sadly has been scrapped for all courses due to Duo's new look, nothing to do with the tree update.)

April 12, 2019

So they did. I have to do more things to get back the achievement I already had. :-(

April 16, 2019
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FYI this is what happens with every Duolingo course that gets updated. You lose the achievement, but there's more content, so that's a plus! Something worth recommending to Duolingo (I'm not sure if they'd be interested in implementing this) is doing an achievement system like, for example, World of Warcraft. In WoW, when you complete an achievement that later gets other elements, they either:

  • (a) Let you keep the achievement, as if you had completed the new content.
  • (b) Lock in that achievement, and add a new level (e.g. a further achievement).
  • (c) "Retire" the achievement with a date, so that others will know that you did X by a certain date when the game was in a state where what you achieved was the current maximum level.

Something like (c) seems like the best solution. I think it's a really cool thing to know that, as a user, you completed the High Valyrian tree in its initial state. Giving you that achievement with a timestamp would allow others to see that you did that, while still allowing contributors to make major expansions to the tree.

Again, I have no idea how interested Duolingo is in implementing something like this, but it's worth recommending.

April 19, 2019, 7:13 PM
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