Unofficial Highscores #3 - Top 10 this week, this month, & all time
HIGHSCORES: http://i.imgur.com/bmKp2Ye.png (September 14, 2013)
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Sadness has more points earned this week than what his total score is, possibly due to resetting languages and using shortcuts on the tree.
Lots of people have very impressive scores this week!
If you see somebody with a lot of points, please let me know!
Here's something new I'm thinking of adding: top overall scores for each language (listed below). If you (or somebody you know) has a LOT of points in a single language, please let me know!
~ TOP SPANISH ~
- donfollow - 153 246
~ TOP GERMAN ~
- mgketteridge - 103 670
~ TOP FRENCH ~
- jmcliste - 201 321
~ TOP ITALIAN ~
~ TOP PORTUGUESE ~
~ TOP ENGLISH ~
I think, and this can be open for discussion, that Sadness cheated (if that even matters). If you look at his stream it shows him having done placement tests for Spanish, English, and Italian. That racks up maaajor skill points.
Although he may just have knowledge in all of those languages and recently added them. I don't know.
I don't think you can, at all, call that cheating. The guy clearly knows his way around those languages, having tested out of many skills at once(assuming he didn't use a translator which would be very odd and highly unlikely). Yes, he didn't probably translate as many texts as you or somebody else might have, but those sentences or skill points or level doesn't always show your actual proficiency in that language. A mon avis, skill points and levels are only to be used for your personal motivation and not for visceral comparison. But that's just me...
You're right, you could only pass those shortcuts with an adequate skill level in a language. But there's no way to see whether they're intentionally resetting them each week. So I'm not ultimately judging Sadness, unless these shenanigans appear next week. Then something would be fishy. I'm sure many people worked hard this week to get the highest amount of skill points possible, learning a lot along the way. And if someone decides to skew those results in such a way, score_board could simply remove them. And that's just me.
Well the problem is that English (from French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese) doesn't show up on someone's profile page. The amount of points you see there are the ones you earned learning a language from English (German, French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese). However, in the leaderboards, the English scores are added. So he/she might have cheated or might have earned a lot of points learning English that we can't see.
That's a possibility. A suggestion on the last thread was that they used the "Shortcuts" on the skill trees and reset their progress after doing it.
I don't know if that's considered cheating or not. You can get a very high score in a very short amount of time, but it gets you nowhere with your "All Time" score.
I don't see how using the shortcuts on the skill trees could be considered cheating. If you've studied the language for a long time, it's a total waste of time to learn basic vocabulary when you could take the shortcut. You're not cheating, you're getting credit for coming in with some knowledge already. Now, if you do the shortcuts and use a computer translator, that's cheating and also it's a stupid waste of time.
I completely agree with you, why waste hours getting to your appropriate level? (apart from altruistic bug-hunting reasons of course). I don't even mind someone resetting a language and taking a shortcut over and over again. The possibility is yours, and if you want to do just that, be my guest.
The problem is that it seems (I've never actually tested this) that if you reset a language you lose your all time points in that language, but keep your weekly and monthly points, which would be a bug. Using this technique to get in the highscores isn't exactly cheating, but if you do it on purpose I'd say it is kind of abuse of the situation.
It's because of an implication that they might be resetting the languages and then redoing the shortcuts, putting them on the weekly and monthly leader boards each week. Sadness is really innocent until proven guilty at this point. We should be able to disprove this in a week.
Unfortunately, I don't have enough time for that, sorry :(
Being an engineering student who commutes to school is very demanding of time. Right now, I have about 120 friends, and I keep finding more people every day.
If you'd like to know, you're #72 this week, and #96 this month.
Yes, that would be helpful, but wouldn't it be nicer if Duolingo could turn score_board into a real score board. Instead of you doing all of that work each week, if Duolingo could just let us see score-board's leaderboard when we peeked at its profile, until they fully implement their own score board.
Why not just script the parsing of your friend list? It's in clean html for all three "tabs".
Why not? Why not. :) Here's the script: http://ebm.si/duo/scores.php (turned out to be harder than usual, but it works)
You can run it whenever you want and just copy the resulting lists for further use.
I don't get why people do those short cuts for points, it's a game for learning languages and doing that just pointless there's no gain whatsoever from my point of view. Sort of ruins it for those people who actually try really hard in their lessons to improve their skills which is what this site is for in the first place. As for the people with high scores who played fair, awesome job!
Sometimes people don't do it for scores, but for another reason. For instance, I did not take the big shortcuts, but wanting to rehearse my french ( it has been 35 years since I got my last lessons in it-yes I'm old) I tried to find out which skills I needed to practice. But I also worked very hard, I just have more time than lots of others. that beeing said, I think everyone on Duolingo is doing great, even if you only did one lesson, you still make progress!