https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Musings on beta releases

As the Duolingo community is feverishly awaiting the release of no fewer than three courses into the beta phase of the Incubator, I thought I'd amuse myself by looking at how this step has been taken during the last year:

  • Out of 18 courses released into beta during the last year, 8 have been released on a Monday.

  • The figures of the rest of the week come far behind and are pretty evenly distributed: Tuesday and Thursday 2 courses each, Wednesday and Friday 3 courses each. (As I am not a scientist anymore, I didn't bother checking how many working days there were in the US for each weekday; I am also assuming that working days in other countries do not matter much, as course contributors are not necessarily based in the countries where their languages are spoken -- and being volunteers, they are probably at least as likely to be working on the course on a public holiday anyway).

  • If we really want to massage the figures, this Monday trend is even a lot stronger for courses such as those we are waiting for now (Language X for English speakers): 4 out of 5 were released on a Monday (Turkish, Swedish, Irish, and Danish -- only Dutch was released on a Wednesday).

What other useless data could we keep ourselves busy with while we wait? The above is all based on http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Course_list.

April 20, 2015

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

3 out of 4 people in your "Duo circle" will try the first three skills and exclaim, "X is so fun!"

By the way, nice work finding the proof, I'd always thought Monday was a popular day for releases.

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

1 out of 5 people in Alexis' Duo circle will try to race her to the end of the Norwegian course?

I actually think we have an even stronger impression of Monday being the release day than it actually is because they make much more of a brouhaha about releasing some courses (notably those involving entirely "new Duolingo languages") than about something like, say, French for Portuguese speakers. Or this might just be my own impression, seeing that I don't read the Portuguese forums...

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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I assume Monday is just the best day to release things. If something goes wrong, there are a couple of weekdays left for a hotfix. :)

P.S. Good catch on the days. :)

dd2927a3e0

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I assume so, too: They spend most of that working day preparing for the beta release, and then release it in the afternoon. I guess some technical people, the mentor, and the course contributors have arranged to keep that evening free, in case there are any hick-ups... And for major problems, they have the whole week.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Good one. :)

That's what I was thinking as well. The big hubbub is made for courses that involve new X for English courses a lot of the time, I am not sure if that's ever not been the case.

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

Hahaha, that is so true. :D

I'm one of those people, should I fell ashamed? =)

I normally try the new courses on my other account.

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Not at all, so do I. Just observing, not making conclusions. ;)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

To counter this: Monday

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Not to mention that courses seem to be released late in the afternoon Duo-time, which means we here in Europe are screwed... The release of Swedish on a Monday night messed up my sleep pattern for the whole of that week! 8-)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

I remember that, it was fun to watch you charge through the Swedish tree. :)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Good thing you remember anything of it -- I was in such a haze that all the recollections I have of that night are a couple of photos I took of a few funny (or just extremely Swedish) sentences, plus a photo of my owl, of course! B-)

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

Maybe Duo is trying to make Mondays somewhat bearable :)

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

Swedish was supposed to be released on Thursday. It's just that there was a conference on Friday and they didn't want to take the risk in case anything went wrong. So, it's not like Duo decided after Dutch that they would release courses only on Monday.

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Naylor1993

I think they're planning a triple release of Ukrainian, Norwegian and Esperanto all at once. That would be epic!

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

What other useless data could we keep ourselves busy with while we wait?

I decided to read this post then I came across this line. I see what you did there. I'll go back to work and studying (while I'm not working.)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Hey, I'm not even planning on learning any of these three languages coming out, and yet here I am making thinly veiled and vague predictions about their release dates... :-)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

You know as well as I do that you are hoping one of the vacated spots in the incubator makes room for .....a certain blue and white language. :D

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

To be honest, I have actually more or less stopped hoping for it. That's my way of coping :-S

As the saying goes: pessimisti ei pety (the pessimist is never dissapointed)... If ever it is launched, I will be all the more surprised and happy!

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

I have to hope. I'm convinced it's my only chance of learning Finnish properly. :/

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Yes, the whole pessimism thing is just a front for a deep-rooted, almost subconscious, hope.

You need to learn to become a bit more pessimistic if you are to become truly skilled in our beautiful language sans a future tense. :-)

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm

Working days in the US are Monday- Friday.

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Yes, but there are also public holidays which mean that not every Monday, etc., is actually a working day. In some countries, like the UK, Mondays are actually often chosen as a public holiday when the exact day is not determined by some historial or religious event.

So if we'd want to do this properly, we'd have to see how many "working" Mondays, Tuesdays, etc. there were during this period. And, like I wrote before, the volunteers are based in many different countries and the holidays of these countries may also affect the timing.

April 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm

Okay, sorry. Thanks for the clarity!

April 9, 2016
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