https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg

Bonus for beating timed mode

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How about a small bonus for beating the clock?

Maybe a coin bonus that would factor in the remaining time and the amount of incorrect responses.

June 12, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/NoctuaCuriosa

I am a person who doesn't learn nearly as well with a timer, and so I use untimed mode almost exclusively, even though timed mode offers more points for the same amount of work. I do think it's fair that there are extra points given in timed mode, because there is an extra requirement placed on the person using it. I understand the logic of that, and I'm completely cool with it.

That said, though, I would not want timed mode to offer even more extra points than it already does. Right now, the difference in points awarded is small enough that I am able to resist their lure and use untimed mode anyway, because it's better for me, personally, in terms of how much I learn. But if the reward becomes great enough, I will probably feel compelled to use timed mode, even though it's not the best decision. It's hard to admit that, but I'm being honest.

I wish I could say that I'm above caring about points, but I'm not. I love games, and I enjoy getting points and leveling up. I mean, a huge part of how DuoLingo works is by using the point system to motivate us to learn. I don't doubt that this is the major reason Duolingo is working better for me than other things have. So, it's not a good thing if the point system starts motivating behaviors that are detrimental to our own learning (such as me using the timed mode).

I would be fine with a restructuring of how the timed points were rewarded (like the bonus coming at the end, instead of after each question, for example), and I would be fine with timed mode getting another bonus, as long as untimed mode was accorded a similar amount of new points, but I would not be in favor of increasing further the point advantage that timed mode has over untimed. It would concretely diminish the effectiveness and enjoyment that I get out of DuoLingo, and it wouldn't be a beneficial change for those of us (and I'm sure there are others) who don't learn well that way.

June 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti
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Totally agree! I honestly sometimes do timed mode just to make points, and then I'm always sloppier than usually - omitting capitalization and accents among other things - and learn less. But earn more points. It's OK that there is an unfair point bias towards timed mode now, but you shouldn't make it even worse.

June 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti
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I think timed mode is already unfairly easier than untimed mode - it's much harder to get points in timed mode.

June 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/NReilingh

You mean it's easier than untimed mode?

September 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti
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Yes, thanks for spotting the typo, I'll edit it out now!

September 24, 2013
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