I’ve been working through “Learn Python 3” course and was probably around 30% through. Today I decided to check out the other courses and paths just to see what else there is for when I finish this one.
At some point I went into “Analyze Data with Python” path for a quick look. It started the path, which is not what I wanted. I only wanted to see what it was without actually starting it. Because I didn’t want it showing as if I was working on it, I clicked the reset progress button and confirmed.
Later in the day I was at my home page and noticed that my progress of “Learn Python 3” was way lower than it should. At first I thought that maybe there was a bug or something wrong with the website. Only afterwards did I think that it might have had something to do with having clicked that reset button on that other course.
I went and checked back on “Analyze Data with Python” and saw that indeed there was some shared content. At the moment that I confirmed the reset, I wasn’t aware that there was shared content between these two courses. I didn’t even actually know that that was a thing. It doesn’t even make sense how these same contents are spread throughout different courses and paths.
Yes, I see that in the confirm window it says “This will also affect any courses where you have made progress on the same content!” But at the time I read it quickly and didn’t know what that actually meant, as I was not aware that different courses shared the same content. I hadn’t even read through the content of that “Analyze Data with Python” path since I was there just to take a quick look, which is when it did something (starting the path) which I didn’t want. And which as a result of it doing something that I didn’t want is that I ended up clicking that reset button, which resulted in it doing yet another thing that I didn’t want.
It’s a very bad way to connect different courses like that. The little sentence at the bottom of the reset window is clearly not enough. There should be a clear warning when something will actually be deleted, especially if it’s something not in the current page. It should say clearly exactly which courses will be affected, especially considering how big the consequences are.
Keep in mind that I hadn’t started the “Analyze Data with Python” path, so in my mind there wasn’t anything to delete. At that moment all I thought that would happen was that that particular path wouldn’t show as having been started, nothing more. The content should only be allowed to be deleted from the same course in which it was created.
So what can be done now? Is there a way to recover the progress?
This is very discouraging and actually makes me loose my motivation to continue here. I feel like I lost all my time, considering that I already knew the basic things in Python and only went trough all of those first lessons just for the sake of completeness. So it would really be a waste of time to go through them yet once more.