This is indirectly tied to the proposed point system changes, but I’ll leave my thoughts about that separately. Before that, there is an issue that I need clarification on.
When you elect to “Ignore” a sentence you get the following warning message:
Ignoring a sentence removes it from your queue.
OK, that’s clear.
You’ll no longer see it
and it won’t count towards your progress.
This is my question; does “won’t count toward your progress” just mean in relation to that specific answer (though I can’t see why you should be penalised in ANY way if you elect to ignore a question, since you had to answer it correctly to get to the Ignore option in the first place), or does it mean that “you lose any points that you ever acquired from the question”? (Not to mention “what is the impact on your sentences played and mastered counts?”)
Where am I going with this?
To date the only questions I’ve ignored are ones which elevate crudeness to a new level. This isn’t out of prudishness (in fact I like that CM doesn’t overly censor things), but I sometimes work through some CM questions with a retired teacher on Skype. She is a refined lady of a certain age, and I don’t want to expose her to questions regarding, for example - how shall I put this - physical interpersonal relations which are conducted via a rear entrance. Questions like those I dump as soon as I see them and I could not care less if I lose 8 points as a result.
However there are other questions that I WANT to ignore, specifically ones which I’ve really “done to death” and which there is no possibility of me ever forgetting. But not if it’s going to penalise me a couple of hundred points (depending on how many times I’ve seen them in the last couple of years) every time I do it.
For example, a simple one word sentence like Perché? in Italian or Warum? in German. (To be clear, I’m not just talking about “one-worders”; there are also (for example) common expressions that I use myself on a regular basis when using the language.) At some point those sentences don’t add any value and I would like to add them to my “Ignore” stack not because they are bad sentences, just because unless I develop complete amnesia about the language I’ll never forget them. I therefore don’t need to see them in 180 days, 365 days, or 1000 days. Nor do I need them cluttering up my review stack 3 years from now (or whenever). However I obviously want to do that without penalty for the work that I did in the past to learn them.
If I can safely ignore the sentences without penalty (and that includes to my “Sentences Played” and “Sentences Mastered” count), then eventually my review stack will be refined down to words that I either have a problem with, or rarely use and need reminding of.