Top 500 Users Charts for Coins, Streaks
I think it would be neat to have that.
Hmm, I don't really have anything against the idea, but I don't really see the point in those things. Whoever gets to the top will get so entrenched that knocking them off will be an unrealistic prospect for the overwhelmingly vast majority of people (500 vs 5 million?), and it dilutes the fact that you are doing the thing for your own self improvement, not for some arbitrary coin collecting exercise or to knock someone else down a couple of pegs. I just don't think knowing who the 'best' duo lingo users are is that interesting. Trying to be number 1 is really not that exciting. It's like the top 100 music charts - sure they show what music is statistically successful, but I like listening to a hell of a lot more than the top 100 songs, so many that I would volunteer to have the 'top' 100 erased from my memory without hesitation rather than forget the 'bottom' 15 thousand.
People don't need to be entrenched at all, not if it is done on a weekly stat basis. E.g. people who have earned the most points in that week. You're thinking about this all wrong. Different people have different motivations and you shouldn't try to push your ideal of what a motivator should be onto other people, installing this feature wouldn't harm YOU in anyway but it would help a lot of people who get motivated by competition and the desire to gain glory etc. People work in different ways and that's why different features should exist, to accommodate not only how different people learn but also how different people stay motivated.
I think this is an EXCELLENT idea and I fully support it, it would be very easy to program.
I think that may be tricky, because just because someone receives top score, doesn't necessarily mean they're actually going to be good at translating. I've seen some learners that have a high level and yet still don't understand the basics. But for the epic literary work? I would absolutely love to see that, but perhaps on the Immersion page itself so everyone can put in their two cents. You have a wonderful idea forming. I would love to see a "classics" portion or "fairy tales" for the young'uns to translate.
I really support the proposal. The sense of competition could add additional motivation. For example, I am motivated to keep my streak in a good shape :) Seeing the moving up/down in different charts could spice the things up. Presently, I see only couple of friends. No challenge.
Seems like fun, except that the accumulation of coins or lengthy streaks have at best a tenuous relationship to learning – and learning is what many, if not most of us, are here for. I've seen people rack up amazing scores and yet ask questions that suggest a failure to understand some pretty basic concepts. What I'd like to see is recognition for some of the native speakers who selflessly squander a lot of their own time helping those of us who are learning their language. There are a number of german speaking members who will never go thirsty if they find themselves in a bar with me! Thank you all,.
One way to reward "helpers" would be to give a point for a certain number of upvotes (maybe just in specific lesson discussions, not the general discussions). Or, have a separate icon for number of upvotes, that appears along with your language flags and streaks. Then we could see who the most credible, helpful people are (e.g. Sitesurf in French!)
I have to say I totally agree about how wonderfully helpful some of the native German speakers are. I think I'd have given up by now without having the benefit of their comments and help in the discussions. I would also like to add a big THANK YOU for all the effort they put in to help us beginners.
I think the thing they should implement is not overall points, but for points this week global chart. Then even the newbies will be able to get good scores and be motivated. I was pretty intimidated by some of the other users when I started, and I reckon it's still the same for newbies now especially since there are more people using duolingo.