https://www.duolingo.com/schronk

Duolingo freezes when submitting the last answer

Hi, this appears often but not every time which is confusing me a bit. Having answered all questions of a practice session the website freezes after I hit the last "check" button. Today I had that twice in a row. I am using Safari 5.1.1.0 and want to stick to that browser since with Opera the sound does not work, Firefox produces the same problem and Chrome is out of the question for privacy reasons?

Regards schronk

July 7, 2014

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

It usually takes about 20 seconds for the next page to load for me, using Chrome.

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

I'm using Safari 7.0.3. and it usually loads after one second. Have you tried clearing your cache/cookies?

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaaffraan

I too had this problem and lost lots of lessons from those blasted freezes. And of course I complained to Support almost as frequently as I lost completed lessons and was informed that Duo is optimized for Chrome. And I resisted using Chrome for all the the same privacy reasons as you, Schronk, Google having long since gone over to the Dark Side.
Anyway, here are a couple of ideas you can use Chrome for Duo and keep your computer out of Google's clutches (I'm assuming you too are a Mac user from the Safari mention)... Check out Little Snitch from Objective Development. With this network monitor you can limit the duration of incoming connections to the current browser session. Then, once you've finished your Duo session and quit Chrome, scrub the *&@# out of your cache and cookie storage. Personally I use Cookie from SweetP Productions for general cookie control and PrivacyScan from SecureMac for extra clean up, and periodically clean out everything cached by my browsers and system using Cocktail from Maintain. I know these utilities are not free but I don't mind having paid for them because of the peace of mind they've afforded me. With good sanitation you can limit your machine's exposure to Chrome's invasiveness to your Duo sessions and do you really care if they Chrome nabs those? Yeah, it's a nuisance, as is learning to search using DuckDuckGo, but for those few of us left who value our privacy, well, we've gotta do what we've gotta do. Down with Facebook!

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/schronk

Thanks for your answers! For several reasons I upgraded my Mac to Mavericks and now the problem seems gone. Yes, Zaaffraan, the privacy issue is complicated to handle. I use TCPBlock which is free and, combined with growl notifications, does more or less the same job as LittleSnitch. As my Firefox is heavily armed with all sorts of plugins sites like duolingo do not work with it so I use safari for these cases and reset it with each start. DuckDuckGo works fine for me. And, yes, f*** Facebook.

July 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/gypsybird

Same problem for me... Using Safari (7.0.5) to learn Dutch (in beta). I'll try with Google Chrome and see how it goes...

July 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/schronk

Strangely the problem reappeared today after everything had been ok for two weeks. Has there been a change to the website?

July 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ChangeMachine

Privacy? You DO realize, don't you, that the purpose of this program is to provide voice-recognition algorithm training for those companies you just mentioned? Nothing is free. If you didn't pay anything for the product, you ARE the product. But I digress. +1 on that freezing issue. Another post says "The solution is to complete all the skills in the previous lessons or it will not allow one to proceed." I haven't tried figuring that out yet. Let's hope. I DEMAND MY LINGOTS! Why? Not sure :)

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

You DO realize, don't you, that the purpose of this program is to provide voice-recognition algorithm training for those companies you just mentioned?

Your information on this is wrong. The purpose of this program is not to provide voice-recognition algorithm training for web browsers. The purpose of duolingo is language training (that's what came first). The profits from this company come from users translating documents for companies (currently, as far as I know, only CNN and Buzzfeed) by using Immersion.

Nothing is free. If you didn't pay anything for the product, you ARE the product.

This is generally very true. In the case of duolingo, however, you are only the product if you choose to participate in Immersion. This currently is not a requirement of duolingo.

But I digress. +1 on that freezing issue. Another post says "The solution is to complete all the skills in the previous lessons or it will not allow one to proceed." I haven't tried figuring that out yet.

Um.. I think you are confusing issues. The issue here is a problem that duolingo was having six months ago where duolingo would hang on the last question for a long time, and sometimes never advance the the 'completed lesson skill'. Obviously, that problem has been solved.

Anyway, the post is six month old, written in the troubleshooting forum. Based on the user's level and lack of streak, I'm guessing they aren't even on duolingo anymore.

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChangeMachine

A) They can and will monetize our interaction in any way they see fit. I'm over it. It's a nice way to learn.

B) Yawn.

C) The issue persists, which is why I googled it and found both this answer AND the one I referenced for the benefit of other people, like myself, who continue to have this problem on multiple devices, in multiple browsers.

D) Thanks for keeping DL safe from my vicious criticism.

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/specifice

Having exactly the same problem periodically with OS X 10.10.4 Safari 8.0.7. After the last question in session is answered and I click on "Continue" button, its label becomes "Check", the button becomes disabled, and nothing happens then (progress icon in "Duolingo" logo is also not rotating), credit for the lesson is lost. Very annoying.

August 11, 2015
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