https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

[Suggestion]: Check(validate) and reject answers with few letters (e.g. 'j'), and strange characters(e.g. '{')

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I suggest that when an answer is entered the system should check if there are a minimum of X characters entered, and reject one word or one letter answers. For example, if the sentence is "I went home", and the user's answer is "E", or "Eu", then it simply makes no sense to allow such an answer.

I also think some characters should simply not be allowed (e.g. '{' ) until Duolingo has sentences that actually require such symbols.

These should be some of the most basic validation checks, and I'm surprised that Duolingo doesn't do them.

The problem illustrated in the images below: alt

(http://i.imgur.com/hHyZEne.png)

Summary:

  • Check & reject answers with very few letters/words
  • Check and reject symbols or characters not in use in Duolingo's sentences.
4 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/banay

but when i'm on timed pratice i sometimes use a one letter answer in order to skip to the answer

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Well, by doing that you are messing up the word strength algorithm. What is needed for the Timed Practice is a keyboard shortcut to skip questions, not to enter invalid responses just to rush. If anything that goes against the concept of learning that Duolingo is founded upon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/banay

well i do that when i want to mess with the word strength coz some of those sentences are pretty hard for me. english isn't my m-language.

anyway, the forum is full with those great and easy tips like your but i never see em implented

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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I see your point. But that isn't entirely true, people have been making noise about colors to highlight genders for months(maybe years), and now it is being experimented. People asked to help with adding languages, now it is happening.

Although none of my ideas have been implemented, perhaps they will be at some point.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/banay

i also had some ideas which i think were great; http://www.duolingo.com/comment/849711
and they'r still back there at the forum

Edit: well mayb i'm wrong coz i know Tatou is working on changing the word strengh algorithm (my 3rd point in the post)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Well you also have to consider the fact that most ideas are not really mission-critical (Duolingo will continue to work even without implementing them). Those are just things that are nice to have but not really necessary, much like my current suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Snappy518

I tottaly agree. Even sometimes, when you press 'Enter' without the answer finished and that lead you to lose one life.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Indeed, my problem is that the apostrophe( ' ) is close to enter on my keyboard, so whenever I try to write j'aime", or "dog's", I need to be careful otherwise I click enter. I've lost a lot of time (and/or hearts) that way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I think I may have missed something else now. I thought we didn't lose hearts in timed practice? Does it siphon them out of our store cache? (I apologize. i know that this is related but still mostly tangential.)

4 years ago

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The picture is just an illustration of the problem, it doesn't really matter if it is timed practice or "normal practice".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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ah, ok. ^_^

4 years ago
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