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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob.Stewart

Petition: Bring Duels back to Duolingo

If you remember, Remmo long time ago posted a petition to bring back Duels. We decided to move that to change.org and get that petition rolling.

This is to petition a feature that veteran users most likely remember that was exclusive to iOS at its launch. That's Duels which was introduced in iOS 4.0. It allowed you to go against an opponent and translate sentences.

We still have not heard any official word on why it was removed. This might seem a little late but we still believe that it can be brought back and we are not to give up. We appreciate all the support we get!

To sign the petition, click here.

Thank you!

Remmo and Bob.


{Update 6/27/2015} - Definitely amazed at the interest (upvotes) this post is receiving. Great job, guys. Never give up. Make sure to actually sign the petition. Thanks!

{Update 7/8/2015} - Updated Post *Hit 600 upvotes.

June 26, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NFLForever

People, make sure to actually click the link and sign there. Upvoting doesn't mean you've acknowledged signing it. Thanks.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GermanDog2

I'm amazed at how many upvotes this has attracted in the past hours. Looks like people really want this back. Wish I had got to see it!

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsianDad1010

Yes, I made a post about this a while back. Definitely would love to see this come back because I love how it benefited my son. Even though he got a terrible score of a 4 on his AP Spanish test (I didn't give him dinner that night), I have to slightly admit it was definitely an improvement over his past scores. Really hope to see it come back, hoping to boost my son's class score to 110% - which is okay, I guess. Thanks Duolingo.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sdlfjasdf

I'm stunned.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

Yep. Parent of the year material there, for sure. I see some editing has been done. ;)

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILoveAlexMorgan

Dude click on his stream and look at all his other posts and comments. Dang...

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_pinkodoug_

We still have not heard any official word on why it was removed.

There actually was a (very brief) explanation of why the feature was removed given by one of the (the?) staff that oversees development for mobile platforms at Duolingo. In short it was because their statistics revealed that duels negatively affected the learning experience. There is no higher crime that a feature can commit in Duolingo's eyes. While the the duel feature was popular with some users, the powers that be value the numbers their data provides far more than opinions expressed by users.

Also, bear in mind that being iOS only, the feature was available only to a minority of users, and it wasn't universally popular with those users. Now the majority of Duolingo's users have joined the service after it was removed, so most users have no idea or care what it even was. Finally, an insignificant minority (relative to the total user base) of users use these forums. Given these things, I doubt you'll get strong support for this from the community, but good luck making your voices heard.

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June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesBarkleysd

Have to admit - this post gained over 130 upvotes in less than a day.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_pinkodoug_

Yes, 130 upvotes means that at least 0.00000013% of Duolingo's ~100M users have clicked the up vote button.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WeatuerSdf

Wow that's barely any. But compared to other discussion posts, Chief. Btw, why does your subject post have downvotes? I think it's accurate.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duolinguist12

403... that's about 0.00000403% of Duolingo's ~100M users. Lol, barely any.

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

136 upvotes, tens of million of users. No big deal. Duo makes decisions based on testing and what data shows, not popularity contests. Go back and look at the uproar that happened when duelling was first brought out, and how quickly Duo acted to get rid of it.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kidzbopsucks

I agree but 140 upvotes in less than one day? I've never seen it that fast and I'm pretty sure you haven't either. But I do agree that heck even if they had 4000 upvotes, they still probably wouldn't do anything! Don't you agree?

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

It was removed because a great many people hated it, posted numerous long threads opposing it, Duo admitted they installed it without enough forethought and testing, and they acted quickly (for them, within days) to get rid of it.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RingoJames

My son definitely remembers this. Signed it. Thanks for sharing!

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wefsdbkfjas

Damn, this post has gained so many upvotes IN ONE DAY! People seriously want this back that badly?!

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaywardPines

It hit 150... but that's still barely compared to ~10M estimated.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sisjaihapiss

You were saying...

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hajrgelavkjfd

Signed! I haven't been on duolingo when it existed, apparently, but it sounds fun and I really wonder why they removed it.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tombrady98

Signed it. Good luck!

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zachmettenberger

You wanna go?

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/enjoytheflames

People, make sure you actually sign the petition, it would be awesome to have this (back)!

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrammarPolice1

I approve this.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gman31

Oh my gosh, I remember that feature! I loved it, as it helped me challenge my skills like a game.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dannielaflorian

I agree!

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsylumMan

I never got the chance to use the feature but would love to see it brought back. I've signed the petition and would recommend everyone else does.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

Just like to point out that in under 2 months this has become the 12th most upvoted post ever on the English Duolingo forums!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/perfectpollycat

I don't know what this is, but it sounds fun!!! I say we bring it back, too! :)

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atikshsingh10

666 upvotes too bad I am upvoting to 667!

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atikshsingh10

Why did you close the petition?

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesHai

I never had this but i just looked it up and it looks like it must have been really cool, it's a shame it didn't make it very far.

May 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thraenthraen

Do you mean this?

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrammarPolice1

Replace Do with Did

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimCook12

You forgot a period!

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thraenthraen

Why so tense?

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CakeBoy120

Good cop bad cop.

June 26, 2015
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