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

BUG: Graphs still not right

Progress graphs are sometimes missing dots and lines. I reported the same problem a long time ago, perhaps a year ago. Does the underlying software make graph-drawing a hard problem?

October 12, 2014

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

Still no attention to this. Today's graph was a total failure.


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

Here is a graph from today. Drawing dots and lines must be a very hard computer problem indeed!


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

Still failing. Just four dots and two lines on today's "graph".


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

Still failing. Also, the circle at the right said 30/30 when I had 50 points, but 60/30 when I had 60 points.


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

Same thing on this account, in every detail. It is seeming like the Duolingo software makes it hard to draw dots and lines and to keep track of numbers.

To my mind, it seems more important to fix these problems, to make the architecture work properly, than to bolt more bells and whistles onto an infrastructure that can't accomplish simple tasks. The whole thing begins to look amateurish. One begins to believe that it is amateurish.

There's a new goal system! But we can't draw graphs. There's a new way of accounting for progress during a test! But there's no way for you to find out how close you are to the next level. We use sophisticated spaced repetition algorithms! But not really - the software presents you the same words, over and over and over.

Etc.


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

Hey, guess what: Still failing.


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

Today's graph for the "week" had four dots and two lines. I notice also that the graph on the home page is never wrong. Is the software so tortured that it's impossible to share the graph-drawing software between the two pages?


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

It's four months later. The graphs are still amateurishly broken. Heh.


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

Now the little progress circle on the left is broken, too. When I had accumulated 40 points this morning, the circle said "20/20".

No, it's not supposed to do that. It's supposed to say "40/20" in this case. Usually it does, but not always. This is another example of where the Duolingo software cannot count properly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

. There is a very small team working at Duolingo (around 32 people--not all of whom are techs) and over 40 million users. So, if you reported it, it is probably on the To-Do list, but, lower on the priority list than seeing to things that would keep people from being able to utilize their language course.


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

Visual esthetics aren't a minor problem. They can give a site its character, or they can make it look like it's run by a bunch of amateurs. Which do you think this would do?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I did not say they were unimportant. I was communicating priority. But, you've made a good point that the way I worded things was inadequate. I'll edit my post.


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

Well. The words "minor problem" were in your original text. But it's good to see that they're not unimportant. That's a first step.


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

I see now that the graphs are in fact unimportant. If they were important, someone would be doing something or saying something.

Also, if this is a hard problem to fix, the architecture of the web site is simply broken. It's a graph, for Pete's sake.


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

If what you say is true, their work prioritizing algorithm will ensure that some bugs never get fixed. If all of these bugs are esthetic, the app may keep working, but it will also get uglier and uglier over time, like an abandoned building whose windows are gradually all broken. Maybe we'll get lucky and eventually Rudy Giuliani will take over.

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