https://www.duolingo.com/lemmingofdestiny

Deleting no longer relevant comments

Hi,

I'm user of French Duolingo for several months now, and in that time have seen a steady improvement in the quality of the answers provided in the exercises. So much so, that many questions now have attached discussion threads that are largely irrelevant, since erstwhile inaccuracies/confusions have been corrected. Is there any possibility of an option to flag such comments (either to a moderator or directly to the original commentator) suggesting they be deleted? I would happily tidy up any of my now obsolete moans about bizarre or incorrect translations from the earlier days of French Duolingo, but have no idea where they might lurk and are loath to waste time trawling through reams of potential material for them.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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This has been discussed before and nothing became of it. It's just an unfortunate annoyance for right now. Moderators do, however, delete things when they come across them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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Moderators have the power to delete comments, and if I recall rightly olimo has said that she removes exactly such irrelevant comments as you describe when she comes across them. However, there are few moderators and no explicit policy on the matter (that I know of). In practice, probably the best you can do is to downvote any irrelevant comments that you see -- beyond a certain negative score, they will be hidden, reducing the clutter and confusion. You could of course write on a moderator's stream to report the comments, but there are a lot of these comments and the mods are only human (or, at best, only a little bit superhuman).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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A noble endeavour, however, you only have two choices, either you send a message to the moderator/ staff suggesting that they delete it or you comb through your stream searching for your comments. As far as I know there is no other way for users search for their own comments. As far as I know the entries from here are not even indexed by any search engine.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Yes that the only way.

Pick up your "favourite" moderator and send her/him a message on her/his stream with a link to the discussion and as many details (about what to delete) as you can. It takes some (not so much at the end) time but it's the only way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Yes, to make matters worse, I just tried going back on my stream, at best I can go 3 weeks back. Anything before that is gone. Probably deleted/hidden/stored somewhere.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Well generally my favourite moderator take action after my reports in less than some hours (and notify me he/she did take action). So no really need of history here. however, I agree it's annoying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc
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If I remember correctly kristinemc wrote that users will be able to nominate moderators soon and that Duolingo team is working on redesigning the forum which could mean report a comment/discussion option as well. :)

4 years ago
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