https://www.duolingo.com/krynt

sorry, duo.

so... i made my goal 50 xp. when i noticed i wouldn't be able to do that, i changed my goal down to 10 xp, did a lesson, and then changed it back. and my streak is still there. is this considered cheating...? i'm only doing it once. sorry, duo.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

I don't think you cheated anyone - not DuoLingo and the streak mechanism, not yourself, not anyone.

First of all, you did some exploration of what you would or wouldn't be able to do. Totally legit. Sometimes it takes a little poking around to figure out how things are going to work for you.

Second, people change their daily goals all the time. People know they're going to be on vacation and busy with family, or having a stressful two weeks at work, and set their goal to 1xp a day for that time, until they can do more again. That's legit, so is what you did.

But finally - and I actually think this is important - DuoLingo doesn't really incentivize gaining xp particularly. Yeah, you get a few lingots when you make a new level. But you can get 5 lingots every week that you maintain a streak if you buy the double-or-nothing option a the store. Just not a big deal. There are no cutesy little guilt trips like crying owls if you set your daily goal low. The one thing the DL puts a significant value on is doing SOMETHING every day. It sets the bar really low for everything else, and only sets it high for consistency.

You maintained your streak by doing something every day. You did exactly what DL is trying to get you to do. Go you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidWonds

I don't think you're cheating on Duo, you are basically cheating on yourself. You're the one that studies the language here, after all.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greg.mort
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I personally keep it at 10, and some days I'm way too busy so I'll just quickly jam one repeat of basics to get that 10 xp. Other days when I have free time and/or motivation I'm able to do much more, like today I was able to do close to 500 xp (my record I think :) ) So it's really up to you and your needs and availabilities but for myself it just doesn't make sense to go higher than 10xp if I want to keep my streak

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krynt

thank you for the reply. i will now do 10 xp per day, as i am also busy. thank you for the help! have a lingot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greg.mort
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Thank you for that! :)

I find that discovering things about your target language that you love and want to learn more about tend to be much better motivators than artificial prodding rods :)

Best of luck in your studies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/luckygutsy
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As far as I can tell there's no benefit to keeping your streak going. I don't -- probably a couple of times a month I just get too busy and miss a day -- and it doesn't hurt my learning because I pick it back up the next day. The streak is just bragging rights.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

But it's interesting that it is bragging rights. Also, there are lingot rewards, it's posted next to your name, some people have owls crying at them until they've met their daily goal, the mobile app buzzes you with reminders if it's afraid you're going to lose your streak...

You're right, of course, that going one day without every once in a while doesn't make a noticeable difference. But for a lot of people, once one is justified, it becomes very difficult to get back into the habit again. It's great that it's not like that for you. But I think DL is clever in keeping the pressure off pretty much everything except consistency, and giving bragging rights, not so much for how much you accomplish, but for whether you do even a tiny bit every day. I suspect it's a pretty successful model.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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I wouldn't mind if the streak was only shown to the user, not anyone else. For me, it's a powerful motivator above all.

Some days, I only do the minimum, other days, I learn a lot. But I wouldn't be coming back as regularly were it not for the streak (I'm just practicing on a reverse tree now, waiting for Russian, so I don't have any actual learning goals on here at the moment).

I have been using Memrise for a long time, but became much more consistent with it when they introduced streaks...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dancingtigga

I set my goal to the absolute minimum and mostly i exceed my target by quite a bit, i like having a streak but I prefer to study when i feel the desire - which is fairly frequent. I want learning spanish to be a pleasure not a drag.

3 years ago
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