Oh, well, I really thought I’d read that somewhere, after I’d already completed level 3 myself. (Somewhere in the realm of October 2015 to January 2016… although WK left Beta beginning of Sept 2015, if I recall correctly.) *shrugs*
I think the “magic” speed you’re referring to for levels 1 and 2 may actually be twice as fast (for radicals and kanji only, or radicals only?)… or it was something else, like 1 hour less for step 1 (3 hours instead of 4) and then I’m not sure from there. Hmm…
… In any case, it was a long time ago… And I didn’t get to experience that at all.
I apologize for attempting to refute what I thought was misinformation with (possibly) more misinformation of my own. [EDIT: Or confused half-truths… or something. Where’s @rfindley? He knows this stuff…]