https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Dark Mode for Lingots

There may be countless posts complaining about a lack of things to buy in the shop, and I'm not here to complain. Instead I have an idea: What if Duolingo had a Dark Mode option for purchase? Even though there are browser add-ons for making a Dark Mode, a dedicated one would be really nice and give us something to spend our Lingots on.

A Dark Mode swaps the color of text and background, for those who don't know. It makes it easier on the eyes, especially for night users. I am only explaining because it's apparently needed.

EDIT: For Firefox users, here are two great Dark Mode Add-ons that I use: Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode. I approve of their privacy, but if you are concerned about them, another option is the Mozilla recommended add-on Dark Reader, which is privacy focused. Any of the above work well, so try them out and see which you want to use. (I'm currently using all three, if you can believe that...)

July 16, 2019

191 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maya214982

dude i dont know why people are downvoting you (sorry, im conditioned for reddit) because all you are doing is sharing an idea. and its a good one. i like it. I SECOND THE NOTION.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jan139433

It's been suggested many times before so some people are tired of seeing it.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Now that's a good point. Still, what does that mean though? That Duolingo is bad at taking in user feedback? Should I not post ideas on how this site could be improved just because the developers aren't listening and the users don't care to hear it?

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

This is something I have actually put a bit of thought into. Should we stop talking about ideas because they haven't been received by the dev team or should we keep pressing it until they take notice? On one hand, as other said, it is probably a bit annoying to talk about the same thing over and over. On the other hand, if we back down so easily then our voices will never be heard. It kind of promotes a defeatist attitude. Which in case you haven't noticed, is insanely common around here.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

I've run into this problem before, although I've lost the post where I had the discussion on this topic. I get that this is a free language learning site but still, Duolingo has over 300 million active users, and it can be pushed to make it even better. That will only happen when/if they want it to though.

Also have a useless Lingot :)

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeoLAESSIG

I use mine to give to comments I like or ones that complain about lingots

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndySunshi

It is not free. It is Free-mium. The extra features are not worth paying the monthly fee, but I do it anyway because the for profit model sucks.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark896328

@ J.Compean I think your logic is flawed.

How many people come and read the forum, and how many took the time to read, let alone upvote. vs total user ship is ridiculous. How many of the 300 million are active? More to the point, it is one thing to use the app, and entirely another to go to the forum, particularly to browse general comments and not exercise-specific Q&A? I would venture very few. Then of those that would visit the chance of them choosing to click on a suggestion...? I think 248 upvotes (especially given that some may have given -1 downvotes) is a fantastic indicator of an idea that deserves consideration.

And yes, I well understand what you were getting at as far as resource allocation as a product management decision. That idea escapes many. I only take deference to your numerical comparison to state insignificance.

It's a great idea / suggestion. I prefer most of my aps in dark mode, and finally it's becoming a widespread interest/option across a lot of apps and platforms.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dyplomatUA

AndySunshi, don't you do your job for profit? What's wrong with being paid for a service?

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pollikcon

"It's been suggested many times before so some people are tired of seeing it."

I'm sure that's true, but if that is the case, that kinda strengthens the argument for a Dark Mode, doesn't it? I mean, if people keep asking, then people still want.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comfy_Cat

That is a stupid reason to downvote something.

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChaosGaming1234

Then move on from the post...

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

They're called downvotes here as well. Anyway, I'm all for creating a lingot sink of some kind but I think if they're gonna add a dark mode they should just add it lol. I feel as though putting it behind lingots is kinda pointless. Then again, they put Duo outfits in the store so maybe aesthetic changes would go in the shop.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Thanks, I appreciate it. If I had to guess it may be because many users here only care about learning a language and nothing else. They may not care about the interface, the imbalance of this site's game mechanics, (I know it's not really a game but still) and people compare it to complaining anyway. What I think they want to hear is language advice, like grammar rules and examples as to when you'd use certain words.

I cannot provide much help in that area here on the English side of posts, but I try. I go to the English for Japanese Speakers side of the forums to help out best I can, but ultimately I'm not a scholar, so I guess many would prefer I don't use the forums? I don't just post "ideas for Duolingo", but I don't know. Maybe I'm just not understanding it right, but if so people should explain what it is that's actually wrong with my posts. Those people I appreciate. Oh well. Have a Lingot anyway, since there's nothing to spend them on.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

❂ Am legally blind, but dark mode options are a help. Amazed at the support this option is getting!

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Re: Jan139433 I have never seen these posts before. If you've been a regular on the forum for some time, then you will have seen repeat posts. Otherwise, they are new to other people.

July 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeoNeko77

I say do as you please if you're not harming anyone or anything.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

So... Would you say my post is harming or not? I would assume it's relative, because some people benefit from viewing it while others become annoyed. What do you think?

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheWraithstapler

If people are getting annoyed simply because they see a post they don't agree with, or a post asking a question they've seen before... My guess would be they just don't have anything better to do with their time than try to curate a forum they don't moderate.

Idk, maybe it's a control thing "I hate my job, but at least I can make a difference on the Duolingo forums!"

I think dark mode is a great idea!

Though I think a basic dark mode should be free because not having it could present a barrier to entry for some people who only get to study with Duo at night while they try to go to sleep.

Doulingo could also make other themes to spend our lingots on.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

There's an idea: What if we could buy the retro themes and new themes as well? That'd be something interesting...

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

What would be rather good would be the opportunity to buy (with lingots) the 2011 graphics or the later graphics.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dannyjerry07

Ok

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EchoInfinity

I THIRD THE NOTION!

August 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

This is a feature that I'd love. I use dark mode for everything I have that supports it and would love to see it come to the site, even if I have to buy it with lingots. The extensions you can get are sort of nice, but everything seems a little wonky and on my laptop they're off at first. An official Duo dark mode would be a welcomed addition.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

I've edited my original post to include links to both of my dark mode add-ons I use for Firefox. Hopefully users will find them useful.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oakleydr

I'm using Dark Reader for chrome and it works awesome. You still have a good idea, so please take one of my 1,587 lingots.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mihai73825

I was about to suggest something similar. It's not only easier for night use, it also helps us who have sight impairment.

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marc41177

On principle alone, I really don't think accessibility features for a website should be sold rather than made a standard (despite how ridiculously prosperous everyone is in their in-game currency).

Besides, making it saleable via Lingots, rather than just a universal feature, would make more work for Duo with absolutely no advantage.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

Not a bad idea, although you shouldn't have to "buy" accessibility features - you may not be able to stay on the app long enough to earn enough lingots (or gems) if it isn't accessible. Accessibility for visually impaired is an overall problem on this site (I learned a lot about that when designing a page to be used by the VA), and should be available in settings to everyone. Or better yet, make sure the next re-design meets visual impairment accessibility standards over all, and perhaps have additional features for those with needs that the standard doesn't meet.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SmashCookie

I came to say this. It's not fair to buy accesibility features everyone should have the right to use them. Lingots should be used for complementary features like extra lessons or aesthetic changes.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamilleDomangue

I second this notion!

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toggitang4

I think you are thinking on the good track. No complaints, just requesting. I up-voted you and totally agree. I anyway have tooo much lingots (2421) and AGREE!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Oh my gosh that's a lot XD

Thank you as well.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toggitang4

Yah... I've even seen someone with 20000! Not joking twenty thousand!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sjk1000

I have 203,752 lingots. Is the owl for sale?

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weirdnerdykid123

that would be nice my eyes are burning off help

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fallingleaf_271

I think that not only dark mode would be a good idea to add, but themes in all colors available for purchase in the shop (pink, yellow, high contrast, monochromatic, blue, etc.) Also I think the outfits for Duo should be added to the browser version as they are currently only available for purchase in the Duolingo app. +1 Lingot

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben429172

They’re not in the iOS app either. And you get stupid amounts of lingots (actually “gems”) on there.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mofayo

I agree . Most apps I have are almost always on night or dark mode

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PerfectEng554596

Dear Chaos:

I like that you want to share your ideas and that you are doing so in a positive way. I am not a fan of people who can't do anything better than tear others down or complain without offering solutions. Kuddos for you trying. I have taken time to go through this thread and up vote where others have put negatives...my donation to you. I have also give you a few useless lingots just because I can't think of anything better to do with them. Keep making suggestions and don't give a twat over what negative people tell you. :)

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Thank you

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aonarachd

I would love this, thank you for bringing it up. Duolingo is the most productive thing I can do all night as have trouble sleeping, would certainly help my eyes :)

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

For Firefox users, here are two great Dark Mode Add-ons that I use: Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode. Also recently added Dark Reader as another option.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ladse1

I wish! I hate being on my laptop late at night doing Duolingo and the screen is just too bright. Even with the lowest brightness setting.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

For Firefox users, here are two great Dark Mode Add-ons that I use: Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode. Also would recommend Dark Reader

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Korean-American

That's a pretty good idea. Except, I think it should be free and in the settings.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohanaSchw

Disability accommodations should be free

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kr54NOhD

interesting idea

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merkavar

why get lingots involved?

how much would you sell it for? 100 lingots, so it barely makes a dent in peoples lingot hoards.

10000 lingots, makes a dent but makes it inaccessible to new users.

They should just add it for free, not for lingots.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

You're right. Perhaps other themes could be sold for Lingots but the basic and dark themes should be free.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

I might be viewed as looking for trouble here, since I argued a month ago with you about the need for night mode, but I still am going to give your quote: “Can you produce anything that says nightmide is better for the eyes? Cause I can find plenty that says the opposite”. I don’t understand why you say that night mode should be free now when you had such a negative opinion before.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merkavar

These seem like two completely unrelated issues.

But if you want to lump them together, doesn’t it make perfect sense that if I have a negative opinion on something I would also not want to not pay for it?

And also how is asking for proof that night/dark mode is better for the eyes a negative opinion? I use night/dark mode on many sites, but not because I feel it’s better for the eyes, but because I prefer the darker colours so they are more in line with the movie or game I am watching on the 2nd screen. So I don’t have a bright white screen next to a dark screen watching Netflix.

Maybe just drop it? If it’s just going to cause arguments?

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

To elaborate: I, on sending that post, thought that you were implying that you did not want dark mode, as you thought that it was bad for eyesight, which indicates that you do not think that it is worth using. I interpreted that as meaning that you did not think it should be implemented to Duolingo. Therefore, I was surprised when I saw your more recent message as it implies that you think that it should be on the website.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

@A_Sesquipedalian I'm sorry, and I'm really not trying to sound ignorant here, but I don't remember that post? Do you still have a link for it by chance? I'd love to have a look at our conversation so I could expand a bit on it.

Based on just that quote alone, if I did send it, (which I honestly just don't remember, sorry) I'd assume what I meant was that while a Dark Mode is better than full brightness, being on a screen at night (especially with blue light) is generally still bad for the eyes. Nevertheless, I do believe it's necessary for some people, those who are asleep during the day and awake at night. I also use it before bed to reduce the amount of work my eyes have to do, just not into the night.

I'm not sure what the context for my post was though so if I could see the rest of the conversation I may be able to elaborate more.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

Here it is: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32396302.

To be entirely honest about the comments above, I slightly regret the response to merkavar via this link- I feel that I might have been a bit too petty in my complaint.

Important Note: You weren’t the one who said that quote. You have no reason to apologise, I am sorry for being unclear.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

OOOHHHH, you weren't talking to me, you were talking to Merkavar, lol. I'm sorry, I totally misread that, my bad. Thanks for clarifying.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

Also, some more good graphics, by EricJSnover: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32283058

(“Retrolingo”)

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonthDayYear

I'll give all of my lingots to not have hurt eyes every time I study!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Maybe these will help. For Firefox users, here are two great Dark Mode Add-ons that I use: Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode. I'd also recommend Dark Reader.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chiantiglace

really just themes in general would be a neat idea for lingot expenditure.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChefVonSprachen

Everyone up vote, comment and give lingots to this fine comment so Duolingo staff will notice!

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

I'm glad enough that over a thousand people have seen this. I never expected this post to blow up like this, especially given it's start... Thank you very much for the kind words <3

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChayChay1247

duolingo should put groups back but your group has to raise and donate to the group a set amount of lingots to remain an active group that would really work

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mayoboy1

they better have a dark mode cause I never realized how much a standard white screen murdered my eyes until I turned dark mode on for youtube

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Same. Love my YouTube add-ons too much now <3

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

Let the hacking begin. They will give us Dark Mode!

Just kidding!

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iphigenieceleste

I agree that there are not enough things to buy in the shop! Please can we have more things to buy! I think it's a good idea, Chaos_Hawk !

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielGlea6

Dark mode could be cool

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dennislawardi

nice

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmaryllisLilly

Due to an illness that I must live with I deal with side effects of medicines. Most of my side effects are harmless like headaches. If a side effect was unreasonable I do put off study. In my personal case if I allow these things to halt or interfere with my life, I would not be able to really live.

I use duo to enjoy life, and pursue my language interests! Dark mode would be amazing! I would save EVERY lingot for it!

  • NEVER put yourself at risk! - If you are feeling unwell to keep your health in mind when considering study! Missing a a few days or even a week is nothing over your well being!

@Chaos_Hawk Do you have a recommendation for a safe dark mode option for chrome that would work for duo just in case? I am nervous about adding extensions. I still plan to still plan to keep waiting and see how things go.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gh0stwheel

For Chrome users:
Duolingo True Dark
It used to support Firefox as well, but it is dropped for now:
forum.duolingo.com/Duolingo-true-dark/Discussion

For Firefox and also for Chrome users:
Firefox:
Duolingo Boost
Chrome :
Duolingo Boost
This add-on offers not only night mode (dark),
but also streak notifications/reminders,
printing lesson notes,
writing custom lesson notes and
quick courses overview.


An add-on that allows for dark mode on all websites, Duo included:
Firefox:
Dark Reader
Chrome :
Dark Reader
Safari :
Dark Reader
Because, "why limit yourself to a just one site add-on..."

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gh0stwheel

@AmaryllisLilly
I have tried all of the aforementioned add-ons\extensions for their Firefox version.
I assume that the Chrome versions are also safe
(even though I have not tested them)
because each is by the same person who wrote the equivalent Firefox version.

If you prefer the two Add-ons recommended by @Chaos_Hawk
Then here are their Chrome versions:
Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode


Hope your health improves or at the very least remain stable and allow you to keep living your life to the fullest.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Thank you, @Gh0stwheel. I'm not that familiar with Chrome I'm afraid since I lean towards privacy browsing. That's cool that they have Chrome versions.


Also nice formatting :)

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmaryllisLilly

The both of you have been very helpful and it is very much appreciated!

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

So cool! This also darks out the adds so that they are blank... Neat!

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmaryllisLilly

I want to thank you for the time you took to give me this advice. I also want to tank you for adding what you had not been sure of when it came to things that had been safe. That is very helpful! I really appreciate you adding your thoughts as well!

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/craiker

The only way I spend my lingots, is by giving them away to post authors like you :)

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lethal_gnome

It shouldn't be for lingots, especially since the lack of a dark mode is in some cases honestly kind of an accessibility issue. I've got sensory issues which make using light websites hard sometimes -- I've been using the Dark Reader Firefox addon to combat that but not everyone is able to use an addon like that! And honestly that addon tends to sometimes work poorly for me, so I sometimes have to disable it.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flwr.

Yes that is a great idea I was at 100 lingots and I had already bought everything so I started buying random freeze streaks and gifting random people lingots, it's getting boring man.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ethrealness

I think that this idea has been mentioned before, but it is a great idea nonetheless! Dark Mode would help the night users, but Duolingo is most likely going to add in this feature for the premium users. Another thing to note is that Duolingo has an achievement for learning in the early mornings, which is why I wholeheartedly agree with you. Honestly, this idea deserves more upvotes. I (insert number here) the notion! :)

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yesimendoza_16

i agree. I too am a night user and a night mode would be something very useful for me to spend my earned lingots on.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDubstepDoge

Good Idea!

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LavandulaDesu

Good idea!

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Finlay745011

this is very needed, i often do duolingo at the end of the day in bed, where i do not want to be straining my eyes. Upvoted.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GabbyCappy

yes! i live that idea! me personally if there is a dark option i always use it!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

(Apologies to everyone with email notifications enabled, who've seen this post a few times now. I promise this is the last one from me)

If you use Firefox, here are two great Dark Mode Add-ons that I use: Dark Mode and Dark Night Mode. Also would recommend Dark Reader.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam223Wing

Hello! Just wanted to say hi to you all!!!! Have an awesome life!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

こんにちは :)

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thxndr

Yep. I use Firefox and I have an add on that gives duolingo a dark mode for free, which is really nice, but I have a bunch of piled up lingots and I'd definitely spend some on an official duolingo dark mode

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Same, except I have 4 Dark Mode add-ons and a bunch of piled-up Lingots. XD

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shootingstrxs

I honestly don't get why people are downvoting this post. Sure, if a lot of people post about it you'll get tired of seeing this, but if we don't keep asking, we'll never get Dark Mode. In my opinion, I'd love to have a Dark Mode available for Duolingo as well.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdenEames

I'd also like this as an option. I tried out both of the dark mode add-ons you have in your post, and I just don't feel like either of them look good on Duolingo. I have also used add-ons that specifically say they're for Duolingo Dark Mode, and there's issues with many buttons and metrics being transparent. Having a dark mode optimized by the devs themselves would likely get around these issues. I understand that a lot of people would rather Duolingo focus on just language content and don't like a lot of the little changes they make, so it's not a priority for me, but it would be a welcome change.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Yeah, the add-ons are not perfect. Closest thing though. Customizing one for a specific site is time consuming, although someone has worked hard on Duolingo Dark Mode. (I have the add-on, just don't use it at the moment due to it not working for Firefox currently) Give it time and perhaps the devs will get on it.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jordan_Leeper

I usually just collect my lingots to measure all the work that I do but using it for a dark mode is worth it.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesPampam

Yes, dark mode would be very good.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelikaku

I have this:

Without lingots.
Also I have it in
Android.
That said if you need it,
that might make it easier.
בס״ד

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Not a bad add-on, although it would really be nice to have a dedicated one made by the devs. I've tried 5 different dark mode add-ons on Duolingo, settling on 3 that I use currently. (Not just for Duolingo, but in general). They're in my post description.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carlyylyy

Being a night owl, I love this idea. I’d like that option for all of my apps lol.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshpolylang

Bruh if we got a dark mode in here I'd be so happy not burning my eyes out at 1:00 AM

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/powicz

Wonderful idea, good sir!

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalicg

A dark mode in both desktop and mobile devices will be superb

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BigMac105

I am completely down for this. Dark mode is something I prefer on all platforms and I hope they take this into consideration.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

This is a great idea!! I had a similar* idea previously... no, more like 20 similar ideas. When I have ideas, they come in floods... back on topic, the staff seem to be ignoring me, maybe I posted too many ideas.

Anyway, you can see my lingot shop ideas here. I am not trying to advertise, we both just have two great and similar ideas! If @Chaos_Hawk wants to comment about this idea on my post, that is fine.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Your profile picture indicates you must be creative...

Yeah, I have plenty of ideas but try to keep my mouth shut in general unless I find it important. You have lots of great ideas though that I wish Duolingo had.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

Thank you!

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

Wow! He has the same number of upvotes as my phone number. The area code, I mean, just the first three digits. But that is still a lot of upvotes!

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

I'm actually dumbfounded by how many votes this post got, tbh...

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

I wish I got so many. About 130 is my record.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LHommeDeFer

I like dark modes. However, I think it should be a basic feature of any app and not something to earn...

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dumpster9

I like the idea of having something to buy, and I like the idea of dark mode, but I don't think basic UI features are something that should be purchased. Like, I'd be happy to buy a pirate theme, but I shouldn't have to spend 100 lingots to make my eyes comfortable while I learn.

It seems like Duolingo has prioritized adding languages and iterating on the UI over adding gamification. I can't speak to whether that is a good or bad decision, but I am pretty confident that it is just a matter of priorities. I'd be curious to hear why - I generally assume it's just a matter of "languages lead to user acquisition, gamification doesn't".

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larry_Killips

I pitched this Idea a while back in a different thread. It would kill two birds with one stone

Provides new things to buy

Gives it 's users something they want

It's a perfect idea, but they probably wouldn't do it no matter how much we complain.

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/B.a.B.y.D.o.L.L

Omg YESSS that would be so nice!!! I tend to study every morning and every night, and while the white is okay in the morning, at night it can be kinda ughhhh.

Honestly, if it was an option, I'd just leave night mode on all day - like I do with Twitter and Discord! xD

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguisticliam

Or not just dark mode, like a variety of themes/skins?

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightning_11

It would be nice if you could also give us the links for these add-ons in chrome. Do you know if such exist?

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gh0stwheel

I've posted all of the Chrome links (and a few extra) in a previous reply to the same request.
Follow this link to see them:
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/These are the links you are looking for
The links are in my two comments above this link to Chaos_Hawk's reply.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qwiddity

Please yes! I need my eyes for seeing!

August 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCrazeeLady

It would also help with anyone with dyslexia or others, making Duolingo more open to more people...

September 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YousefFCYF

I feel they will add dark mode to the IOS version after IOS 13 comes out IOS 13 has a dark mode

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

It would certainly be smart for the app, but what about the desktop site?

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YousefFCYF

I feel that it should require more coding and effort

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinRowe04

Neither would be difficult at all. A dark mode is as simple as changing colors from light to dark. Either the staff doesn't read the forums or the designers decided against it for branding purposes :/

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Your profile picture is perfect for your post, @JustinRowe18 :P

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jay709846

awesome idea! Anything worth lingots is a motivation! THough it could also be a product of plus...

July 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ok.javier

I really hope that with iOS 13 Duolingo will eventually add a dark mode ;(

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InfinitySk8

This is a good idea... like every other thing that users ask duo for. personally, since there isn't really anything to spend on, I hoard. MHAHAHAHA!!! but it would be cool to have something to spend them on :)

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koosha_mad

Agreed It would be good to buy a lock-screen mode for tinycards too

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeneralRos3h3art

That's actually an awesome idea! I always try to use night mode on a web page when possible but it's a shame that so few web pages have that option.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FairlyPlans

I have to agree with the dark mode. In addition to that there should be options to change the color for lingots.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iphigenieceleste

I agree with the color of lingots.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PedroNunes412080

Have a Lingot my dude

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2hIO8

Good idea! I support you.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elielilama

Good idea.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaSc920634

interesting

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictoriaHu589758

I love this idea!

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

Agreed.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alice327457

I just want to comment that here is an app called Twilight that is very useful for dark reading. I have been using it for years. One problem for me is that the setting i use in Twilight, makes the yellow text impossible to read. Maybe there are tweaks I can do. Anyways, it's just a suggestion for a temporary solution.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mihai73825

Because I commented on this topic, and because I have email notifications enabled, I have been receiving notifications every day today. Just in the last few minutes it seems like I'm getting one every minute or so. This is crazy.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Yeah, I've had it the same way. Woke up this morning to my inbox flooded and thought "Wow, that one exploded..."

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mihai73825

That dark mode for Firefox coes not work at all with screen readers such as the narrator. I know what you're gonna say, why would you want to? Well, let's just say I would like it to. I also know that you might say, how is this relevant over here? It's not, just felt like saying something.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

if there are add-ons already why do you need it to be in the store as well?

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Because they aren't perfect. A dedicated one could avoid many minor problems. Try out the add-ons to see.

Oh my, that's a lot of languages...

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Natalia334204

Yes

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brandon897363

Sounds like a good idea :) I've got tons of lingots sitting around doing nothing ;)

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MLGxPingu

Sounds like a nice idea

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CameronEht

I dig it.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KyleSchmo

What am I supposed to be doing with these Lingots? I bought a gold tracksuit but have no idea where to view and enjoy the little bird man wearing it. Seems like a waste.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

The little Duo appears in motivational messages (when you get right 5 or 10 answers in row).

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

Although it doesn’t wear it anymore, on the website it doesn’t have clothes and on the app it has a sweatband.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LokiHugsYou

This idea. I like it. ANOTHER

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FranciscoG847137

Awesome idea

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trinster2

I'm using the extension created by another user as mentioned on this post: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32321871

But I definitely agree with your suggestion!

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cemhta

Sure, it would be nice to get more features in exchange for lingots

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SweetPaw

"Dark Mode for Lingots" would be a great name for a metal band.

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juliette104645

I totally agree.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ravenXharu

Solid idea.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gus619731

cheers

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joseph2070

This sounds like a good idea

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Sn0wY-

yes please

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lindon536100

great idea!

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elevenster

A'Hein ! nice :o idea

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomNS1009

this is a very long discussion...:-)

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomNS1009

I think this is a good idea, because if not then some people are straining their eyes when they could just have the option of having a dark mode.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tong1030394703

Dark mode should be paid with lingots

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ldlukefire

This seems like a great idea!

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianH356113

it is fine with this site, I love it , I appreciate it , thanks the owner of this site, danke, dont get dissapointed with bad comments, the number of subcriber shows confidence in your work. sorry for my broken english but hopeful i explain myself well. danke owner and your team.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RegulusTera

It's 2019 and there are still websites without a Dark Mode. It's infuriating.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CandySpani1

also the skill levels be the colors that you want. For example if you don't want the gold or orange (bronze) color for the skill medals you can make them any favorite color that you want. Youu get choices of colors. maybe even two or more choices. Can have a rainbow of colors even add block or brown if want alos add the yellow and orange if you want it. Maybe make them the color of gems like the league colors are.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CandySpani1

I would also like to see more things to buy as well with our lingots

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bayfamily

please yes

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/milesswan1

I agree, there is not much to buy with lingots, and at this point, I have no clue what to do with them. In addition, when it comes to Duolingo's actual store, I would like more merchandise to purchase for actual money, rather than two shirts and a hoodie.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicoraBogdan

My workaround to have dark mode (ANDROID) is to invert my colors so it is completely black! just use the invert-colors setting on your phone. If you don't have such setting, install an app that does this :)

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Svennedude

I was thinking about this as well! Perhaps a reward for finishing a certain tree would be really cool too. Beautiful French cities as a background theme for finishing the French tree, etc. I wouldn't mind paying lingots for those themes either.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XX_Echo_XX

yes please

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oreo926219

very good idea

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DubbleEdge

One word: J a

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheFuzzLlama

Chrome has an extension that makes any website dark mode. It's called "Dark Reader", it's not perfect, but gets the job done.

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martin964214

They have progress quizzes you can spend lingots on.

Not in Irish. They want you to join Plus for doing extra exercises.

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comfy_Cat

Great idea, except one thing: I think Duolingo should instead offer the option of dark mode in the settings right from the start. Because for those with light sensitivity... it's not a "fun feature"... Its something quite necessary...

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Talento1

please Duo make Dark mode happen! we need this in our lives!

July 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArinVids

I've never seen so many upvotes hahaha

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArinVids

They could call it Night Owl!

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taylor__Beck

Don't download the plugins in the OP unless you want to be tracked

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Both add-ons are safe to download. One of them is open source and the other states in its privacy policy that it will just land you on its site which runs a Google script. Before you panic, Duolingo itself runs Google scripts, so get adblock/anti-track add-ons. I'm a privacy-concerned user myself, and would never recommend shady add-ons without warning. I recommend Ghostery, Duck Duck Go Privacy Essentials, and UMatrix as good privacy add-ons for Firefox with good privacy policies.

However, if those two add-ons are still a concern for anyone reading this, another option is the Mozilla recommended add-on Dark Reader, which is privacy focused. I've updated my post description to include this one as well.

A fundamental permission you have to give add-ons is permission to access all the sites you visit (because it's supposed to darken them, of course). Just make sure you actually read any provided privacy policies and permission listings to stay safe :P

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark896328

thank you. Was going to try and research that as the majority of add-ons for good not to have knee-jerk reaction due to news stories about unrelated products.

Mozilla's advice: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tips-assessing-safety-extension

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mihai73825

It's still going...

By the way that Dark Night mode for Firefox doesn't work properly. Looks like they forgot to invert the color on interactable objects such as buttons, so that the text on said buttons appears as white on white. Also, highlighted links still appear as blue on black, which is not the easiest thing to see.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

Yeah, it doesn't look the best. Still, gets the job done. The other ones I recommended have their own pros and cons :-/

Also yeah, I may need to mute this thread to save my inbox XD

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DubbleEdge

Dark mode is for chads

July 23, 2019
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