Suggestion: Online 'Streak' Leaderboards
I want to start by saying that I love Duolingo, and this community is an amazing group of individuals.
Okay now here's the suggestion, and my reasoning. I get on this site as much as possible, however some days I am less enthusiastic than others. I don't think I'm not going out on a limb by assuming that most people run into the same problems.
In order to help solve this problem I think that it would be cool to add a leader-board feature for Duolingo streaks. It could be a great addition to the streak feature already available, and it would be a great motivator for me to get on the site everyday!
I'm a competitive person so maybe this wouldn't help everyone, but I know that it would really enhance my experience to climb the streak leader-board and leaving you guys in the dust!
The only problem is that you can never beat someone with an existing high streak (unless they lose it), which doesn't help newbies.. - The idea of the streak is just to try get people to come back to the site, and not create and account, find it hard, and give up. - I want to see a leaderboard for points first, points should be the thing motivating people (who might not have good self-motivational skills) to come on and practice so much that you can actually get closer to the top, and you can see your progress.. Or even just a leaderboard against your followers and friends - because atm its just friends, but I can't see my followers without following them. - This way people should be motivated more, and plus, you should be motivated by the fact that you can speak another language, or two, or three, or however awesome you are - just keep going and you will get there xD
You bring up a good point. Personally, if I created a new account and saw a profile like yours which has close to 20,000 points and a streak of 116 days it would be motivation not discouragement!
When I see someone who is extremely successful or athletic or wealthy I see that as proof that with enough hard work and determination it can be done . That is how I would view a leader board for 'streaks''.
I posted because I would benefit from this feature and I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same. Thanks for the input!
You bring up very good points, personally I wouldn't try to beat someone who has so many points as you do. I just came up with this idea: The system lets people enter leagues (of 10, 20, 100 people) with similar performances (e.g. people averaging 200-300 points a week), and lets them race for a month (who gets most points at the end of the month). So you wouldn't have to compete against someone that is already spending so much time on Duolingo. And if you win, you earn a badge or something that is displayed on your profile publicly.
I still think to make it more competitive and attractive, there should be smaller leagues with similar user types (similar learning rates). Just like in real life: you wouldn't put all premier league and , first, second, and third division teams into a single pool to have them compete against each other. Another example is fantasy sports, as far as I know there are fantasy sports leagues that are composed of a small enough number that players feel more part of the race.