Opinion on the new skillpoints system.
In general I like the changes that duolingo has done, even the controversial new way of handling translations, but I have to disagree with the recent decision of adding all the skillpoints to rank the leaderboard. I´m studying french, and I enjoy some healthy competion with the people I´m following, now all of a sudden I found some of them with 40.000 + skill points because they are also practicing German or Spanish. I understand the idea of unifying the "currency" as much as posible, and maybe it is the right way to go, but you should be carefull with the inflation (just kiding) I don´t know I guess I liked to compete in a language vs language level.
This could be easily solved if Duolingo would add language filters, i.e. an option to: "Follow Only Languages I'm Learning [tick box]", or "Follow: French [X] German [X] Spanish [ ]" would just let me see French and German.
If I'm learning French and following someone who is also learning German and Spanish, I don't want to see their German / Spanish activities in my Stream, as this limits the number of other French learners I can follow. The Stream is big enough already.
Similarly, I would only want to see the skill points of those I'm following accumulated for my chosen language(s).
I agree with 1km that the leadership board could be more streamlined and be more organized;
to my mind all the additional features on the right hand of main page only clog the system and lead to a visual overload;
do we really have to be reminded all the time what our competitors/followers are doing ?
I vote for a more purist approach that allows you to open/set the windows/information you want and not to be thrown into a "bonfire of vanities"