https://www.duolingo.com/Hectoglot

Why does Duolingo still advertise the hearts system?

I never noticed this until now:

According to the Duolingo Wiki, Duolingo stopped using the hearts system in March. So why is it still there?

July 13, 2015

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I've been wondering this as well...

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IamBrazilian

Well, they are still in the test out...

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Probably because they didn't take the time to change this description (of how website version works) that is only displayed to people that don't have an account(*): they prioritized improvement of the system, of the incubator, of the apps over updating those descriptions.


(*) well, before logging in, but the proportion of users having an account that go and read those explanations is probably very very low.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

But the proportion of new users who have just read that and are then potentially confused by it not working that way is 100% of the users who sign up, or even just take a look, at the website... :-)

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

new users who have just read that [and are then potentially confused by it not working that way] is 100% of the users who sign up

It'd be an interesting stat:

  • percentage of users who sign up that read any of the explanation there before clicking on "login"/"sign up"
  • percentage [lower than the one just before) of users who sign up that both
    • \1. read any of the explanation there before clicking on "login"/"sign up"
    • \2. get confused

My personal guess is that even the first one is very low. ;)

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Fair enough. Although the hearts are pretty visible on that page. :-)

But don't cut off my sentence: "100% of the users who sign up, or even just take a look, at the website". I assume most people sign up on the apps anyway. I don't know whether the hearts are featured in the descriptions of the apps.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

But don't cut off my sentence: "100% of the users who sign up, or even just take a look, at the website".

Sorry, I didn't get that part: how can you take a look to the website (and to strength bar instead of the hearts) if you don't sign up?

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

You can take a look at the website without having an account: that's when you see the screen the OP posted. Then you might sign up later on an app, and be confused. :-)

(What I was trying to avoid was to only include the X% of users who actually sign up via the website among the potentially confused, as many other people might also take a look at it out of curiosity. But I think I only added more confusion...)

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

An error?

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bangtansweetpea

I think it is used on the app.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Not for Android. I use the app sometimes. I don't know if they're still there on iOS.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hectoglot

Not on iOS, maybe on Windows Phone.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

I still have the hearts system on my iPhone, although that is only because I have not updated the app since the update. Sometime soon I will have to bite the bullet and update but I currently have the choice of the best of both worlds and I am enjoying the experience.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42

Not on android, I don't know about IOS.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Hee! That came up so fast, I was like, "How did my user icon change, and what are all those flags doing th--ohhhh right." :)

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

Simple, as far as I know, it hasn't been updated for all platforms. Also, according to my ab options, the adaptive bar is still an A/B test on iOS, Android and even on the web. Although they seem set on pushing it to all platforms, that still hasn't happened.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hectoglot

That's interesting. The Duolingo update on March 25th on iOS said:

There, it sounds like the progress bar was being rolled out to everyone.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

That isn't wrong, but they still haven't settled on the overall design for it or potentionally some algorithms. I recall someone for example reporting that their Strength bar looked differently from someone else using the same platform and OS.

Edit: See https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8192041

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hectoglot

Oh, ok. Thank you. That's probably why.

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair

The hearts are still there if you take a shortcut or a test - out.

July 14, 2015
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