Setting "midnight" -- a proposal
I suppose this mostly goes to administration, but it would nice to hear input from the community as well. I wanted to suggest enabling users to configure their "day boundary", that is, the time (set as GMT midnight, for example) when a day turns into the next day, as far as Duolingo is concerned. This would be relevant to the "day streak" counter. As it is currently, not very rarely I work on Duolingo past midnight, and the counter counts another day into the streak, even though really it was one day of work. I could easily "cheat" and do Duolingo every other day, and still have a long streak. Of course, the point of the streak counter is to motivate us studying everyday, which help learning our language(s). As it is now, I see the counter as malfunctioning, as it ticks my days of study wrong. Personally I would have put the boundary on 5:00, which is almost always before I get up and after I go to bed, and at the rare times when it is not so, I am usually occupied with something other than language learning.
Of course, if there's a way already to set this up which I had missed, I'd be glad to hear about it.
The current reset is at mid-night local time. If you feel someone can cheat (mostly themselves) by starting their lessons a few mins before cutoff and continue to a few mins after cutoff to count 2 days of work, they can do the same even when the cutoff is at 9 am, 12 noon or 6 pm. So how does making it configurable help?
Yes, I have the same problem. I lose a streak because I am in the middle of a session at midnight, and then it asks me to pay (on the phone app) to get my health back and I lose my streak, as well as the work I have done that session.