Competitive Fever Rushing over the Forums
Has anyone else noticed an explosion of xp competition posts lately? What do you think is the catalyst? March Madness? Spring fever? The Mod versus Mod comes to mind, but that has been around for awhile now.
I don't think this is a bad thing, but keep in mind that not everyone puts together the same competition. Alexis is a moderator who is excellent at keeping track of all the little things that go into such a venture. This is why the MvM has become an astounding success month after month.
Use proper judgement when deciding to join xp competitions from users who do not have a longstanding track record in the community, especially if they are requiring you to give them lingots to sign up, or reveal personal information such as your age.
I think the reason for XP competitions is that they are a fun motivator. You are competing against people, perhaps even friends, while at the same time learning a language. The latest MvM was loads of fun even though our team, Team Irish, lost by the skin of our teeth. Still, I agree with EnigmaticTiger that you should use caution especially if they are:
requiring you to give them lingots to sign up, or reveal personal information such as your age
The most fun is just compete with your real world family and friends. Haha, you have to agree on what "winning" is though. One person may have achieved a higher level, but another has more XPs. In my family, if I see that my husband or son is getting ahead of me in either XPs or levels, I get really competitive and practice lots more to beat them! The bonus is that we can actually talk to each other in the foreign language in real life too, albeit kind of baby talk so far, lol!
Kicky, I think it is fantastic that your whole family uses Duolingo! I tried getting my sister into it when I first started, to no avail. May I ask who in your family found the site initially and how did they convince the rest of the gang to spend time learning languages here?
I have definitely noticed... All of the competitions I've seen (besides MvM of course) seem to be based on lingots either for admission or prizes. Not that there's necessarily a problem with that. But I think that is the motivation behind them, rather than advancing in a language. Just an observation. But hey, if people are willing to pay and participate, then by all means :)
Irrelevant, but is anyone else bothered by that trophy's teeth? And two black eyes, and ears and general faceness
It was started by Emma181 (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7016128), then Bermygirl2015 decided to host competitions many times (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7123292), then SpanishWhiz created a contest (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7178580), then Bermygirl2015 made a contest (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7199636), then SpanishWhiz again (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7476594), then Yuyangw03 (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7492409), then Byrdman21 (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7494325), then Average.Rockstar (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7546011), then SpanishWhiz again (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7549288), then PedrOgle (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7590654), then Fuzzy_Eva (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7590756), then ms.marilynmonroe (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7654371), then Byrdman21 again (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7762798), then QQJoy (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7820460), then a scam (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7831729), then duolnasm (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7832763). Emma181 started, I decided to do it every month, Bermygirl2015 encouraged it, SpanishWhiz introduced the lingot fee, Yuyangw03 introduced the concept of a tournament, PedrOgle improved it, and now there are "XP Contest" posts and "XP challenge" posts and "XP tournament" posts growing exponentially!
No worries, I have 396 lingots, so even if i don't win and lose a lingot or two, who cares?
Umm, wow... have two more lingots, just for keeping track of all those competitions!
XP competitions don't let us to fully embrace the spirit of Duolingo, slowly and steadily immersing yourself and actually learning. Getting 1,000 xp in a day and forgetting all that you have learned isn't worth it for a couple stupid lingots.