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

Please get rid of the pop-up Duo

This website apparently has a new innovation, which is Duo popping up in the middle of a lesson saying "your're doing a good job" or some such.

Can you please get rid of this? It's wholly unnecessary for the 95%+ of us already motivated to learn and adds nothing educational to the lesson.

Worst of all, like me, a lot of people are pressed for time to squeeze their lessons in during a few precious minutes at break time, lunch, before bed, whatever.

To have a Duo character pop up when you're racing the clock is a major annoyance.

August 2, 2019

15 Comments


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

I totally agree. Some people may be motivated, I just find it frustrating, specially after making "mistakes" because the translation is wrong.

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spectre729

I agree, Duo should add an option to enable it or disable it in your settings

August 3, 2019

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

Check this out: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33364126 - it's a small collection of remedies.

August 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samuel356333

Dude it literally takes one second to move on after the pop up. Literally one second. Don’t know what the big deal is.

August 2, 2019

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

Dude, I explained what the big deal is.

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samuel356333

That’s my point that it’s not a big deal. In seconds, tell me how long it takes you to move on from the pop up.

August 2, 2019

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

well it is because before there was no such cr@p and everything was totally fine

like if you're going to add this totally unnecessary "feature" at least give the users the option to disable it

August 2, 2019

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

Right, let's hope Duo doesn't start making the same mistake committed by a lot of other major websites, which is to overthink the site and start adding gizmos that users don't want and don't need, such as the ridiculous pop-up waving Duo.

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FoxWing9

Like, 20 minutes!? Snicker

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tallman69

Go into the settings. Uncheck motivational messages. It's that easy.

August 4, 2019

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

That’s already been said before, in fact among the responses to this post. To summarise: You can’t deactivate the messages on the website, only on the android app.

August 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulConner5

Personally, I think your complaint is as unnecessary as the bird your complaining about.

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FoxWing9

What's the big deal????!!!!!! Come On! Oh, and get this: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33371731

August 2, 2019

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

‘What’s the big deal?’

  • It’s distracting.

  • It’s usually patronising.

  • Most of the pop ups are undeserving of praise.

  • We could just have it on the same screen as the lesson, rather than an extra pop-up.

  • It’s annoying to many people with visual problems, as they make more mistakes (by accident) and get a patronising message that emphasises that they’ve made mistakes.

  • It adds time to lessons. (Not much, but it adds up over time)

  • The version on the app (waving Duo) is very annoying when it is used for negative comments.

  • We can’t deactivate it.

  • You can’t assume, just because lots of people liked your post, that everyone agrees with you. Most users on this forum will have seen someone write words to the effect of ‘the forum only represents a small number of users’.

  • You don’t need to write in that belittling manner, with the unnecessary question/ exclamation marks and ‘Come On!’ to mock how ridiculous it is that we have opinions.

August 2, 2019

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

Incidentally...

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33320295 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33308186 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24426995 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33040962 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22809825 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33289027

There are many, many posts like this (the last one also links in 7 more, for that matter). Even if you base opinions solely on upvotes, the combined messages (over the course of years) shouldn’t be ignored. On that note, here’s a challenge: how many posts can you find from at least a year ago that support the motivational messages?

August 2, 2019
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