Just wanted to post here (this has probably been posted before but...oh well) some suggestions/ask if these are in the making:
What originally attracted me was that I would unlock a talent tree and receive achievements for making landmarks. It was very game-like, which makes the experience incredibly fun. The competitive feature of having a leaderboard against your friends is brilliant too, because most people are one-uppers.
I think it might be cool to have permanent achievement badges you could display on your public profile for things like going 100 questions without losing a heart, completing a language, completing two languages, and other landmarks like getting 1000 lingots, 5000 lingots, and so on. Everyone likes a trophy case.
I actually see there is a prior discussion here http://www.duolingo.com/comment/293467 with 37 upvotes and a lot of discussion. In the last weekly update posted in discussion, this was mentioned, but it does not seem like any kind of priority.
There is another thread here http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1094892 with 44 upvotes.
Total upvotes: 80~
I know they're difficult to maintain, but I don't see how it would be much different from what we already have, plus it would be easier to organize and participate in discussions under a topic you're interested in, such as feature suggestions, and the languages could be broken up into boards. It's hard for people to get together and request a feature when there are 829374892734 threads about it, each with four upvotes, rather than one thread with 3317499570936 upvotes. It would be a good place to get updates from developers too.
This is where a forum would come in handy. I bet there are a ton of threads already about people who want Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, and a whole host of others.
For those who don't know, you can contribute to language courses in the making if you're bilingual by checking out the incubator.
It's pretty sexy.
I'll try to keep the original message edited to make this sort of a compendium of feature suggestions, if people are interested. (:</sub>
I too would like this discussion board to be a real forum instead of a social media feed.
Personally, I enjoy the Reddit-style discussion forum, though I suppose being a redditor for a year now may have biased me....
To quote OP:
"It's hard for people to get together and request a feature when there are 829374892734 threads about it, each with four upvotes, rather than one thread with 3317499570936 upvotes."
Reddit isn't providing us with a service that is built upon user-feedback.