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

Timezone problem fixed?

I read on https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1426103 and https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1405994 that my timezone is set to the one when I registered.

Indeed, I traveled recently from UTC+8 to UTC+2 and found out that when I duo after 6 pm, the streak is counted into the next day.

However, about two days ago I found that this is no longer the case. The streak is now matching my current timezone (UTC+2). Is the timezone problem fixed?

August 15, 2014

12 Comments


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

It was never a problem, at least not a technical probem, but from what you and others say, it seems that they are taking your current time zone into account now.

I presume that you have to set your current time zone on your computer or mobile device, otherwise how would DL know where you were, but it now seems to be taken into account by DL.


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

It seems we only disagree in what a "problem" is defined to be... :)


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

Sorry, yes i should have made myself clearer. I meant to say that it was not a fault/bug but, yes, it was a problem for people who lost their streaks by not knowing about when each day started.


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

It would be great if someone from DL would comment on this, but since they haven't, I have a question:

What are you using to determine that DL is matching your current time zone? Your graph when you complete a lesson or the green check mark next to your flame?

Can you do me a favor and right-click on the webpage, click 'view page source' and search the text (ctrl F) for timezone. I'm curious as to what it says for you.

Thanks!


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

Previously, when I finish a course on Tuesday after 6pm (which is 0am of the next day in UTC+8), I see the XP and streak are counted into Wednesday. That has no longer been the case about two days ago.


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

The XP chart is based off your computer's time, but unless something changed, your streak is not.
The green check mark seems to be a good indicator as to whether or not your streak is continued for the day. Next time your previous timezone hits midnight, refresh your page and see if you still have the green check mark.


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

I can confirm that streak is also counted according to my current timezone (UTC+2).

I duoed twice, just before and just after 0am of Saturday. And I observed a streak increase. Had duo still considered my timezone to be UTC+8, both will count into Saturday and NOT result in a streak increase.

In contrary, when I first came to my current timezone, I would observe a streak increase if I duo twice, just before and just after 6pm.


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

Did you happen to look at the -view page source- page? I'm just always trying to figure all this out so I can give good answers to the next person who ask.


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

Source of which page? Which part?


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

when you right click on the web page (anywhere besides inside a text box) you will be given an option to 'view page source' (in most browsers, if you don't have the option don't worry about it), and it will bring up another webpage with a bunch of code on it. If you search this code for the word, 'timezone', it may/may not give you your current timezone (which is what I'm trying to figure out)... but I've never left my timezone, so I can't try it out myself :)


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

Aha, I didn't know Duo also stores my timezone in the webpage. I now have something like:

duo.user = new duo.User(duo.User.prototype.parse({..., "timezone": "Europe/Amsterdam", ...}))

So it seems fixed indeed :)


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

@Cheer

Very cool and thanks. This makes me think that duolingo is somehow updating your timezone and that you can actually tell which timezone you are in by viewing the source page (which I always wondered, but was never able to verify).
Now, I wonder if it is actually fixed or just a 'glitch'. I've seen other users say that their timezones have changed while on vacation only to have DL staff say that DL doesn't change timezones, which is very confusing.
Thanks for giving me one more piece to this puzzle, and I will still hold out hope for a actual answer from DL staff!

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