https://www.duolingo.com/mutabilitie

Bugged fluency counter?

Recently, a new badge saying 'you are x% fluent in French' appeared on my home page - probably another one of those A/B tests. I hate it, but it probably does make me practise more, simply because I resent being told I'm only 59% fluent just because I've had slightly less time to practise .over the past few weeks.

Anyway, this morning I was practising Adverbs 3 and trying to get it to fill up again. After the first round, nothing happened; after the second round, I got the message saying 'you are now 60% fluent'; after the third round, I finally got the skill to fill up again - but then when I returned to the home page, the counter had dropped to 59% again. Surely reviewing more adverbs shouldn't have made me less fluent?

June 15, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

But words are getting weaker all the time, so in the time you strengthened one skill, other words became weaker.

June 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mutabilitie

OK, that's technically possible, but we're literally talking about a time span of 30 seconds here!

June 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

Your current fluency score is 0.5997854269. When this was 0.60, it showed as 60%.

June 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mutabilitie

The exact same thing happened again today: I got the message saying I'd got to 61% and then, after I had continued strengthening the skill and returned to the home page, I found it had dropped to 60 again (without any additional message). Even if this isn't an actual bug and the counter really is based on a number with an awful lot of digits that can change within seconds, I don't think it should really be like this.

June 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lizbean

Yes it is frustrating, my fluency occilates between 60 and 61% the whole time

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mutabilitie

Mine too.:( I think I preferred the "you can now read x% of French texts" thing - less frustrating an more meaningful because it gives you a practical example of what you can actually DO with your "fluency" and doesn't just give you a number. Oh well, maybe this A/B test will be over at some point....

July 21, 2015
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