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https://www.duolingo.com/eberic

Esperanto stuck in beta?

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I have noticed the beta bar hasn't progressed in a long time. Does anyone know why it seems to be stuck in beta?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SariniLynn
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I can vouch that the team is working hard at solving reports. I get email almost every day that a suggestion I made is now accepted. :-) It takes time to polish a course up to "beta graduation" standards.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eberic
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Oh cool. I didn't mean to insinuate that the team should be working harder. I just noticed that the beta progress was advancing steadily for a long time, but has stopped around that 90% mark and was curious if there was some exceptional reason.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorHoughton
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Yes; they send an amazing amount of "suggestion accepted" emails and the number must be going down, it is much rarer to feel the need to send a suggestion now so I am sure they are getting close.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Some courses get locked in beta for basically eternity. cough asian languages cough. I honestly really wouldn't worry about whether courses are in beta or not at all. Courses in beta are still good to learn with, and courses out of beta still need help with reports to improve, so it all helps.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2
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Courses go out of beta when the number of reports per a certain amount of users goes down below a certain amount. It's not that the team haven't been working, it's just that it hasn't quite reached stability yet. Either way, it doesn't matter if it's in beta or not, you can still get a lot out of it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eibhinn
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Honestly, I have found far fewer issues with the Esperanto course than when I used the French course last year. I was constantly finding actual errors in French questions. In Esperanto I've found alternate answers that should be accepted once or twice, and possibly ambiguous questions/answers, but so far nothing has stood out as being unambiguously incorrect.

If it's true that the beta status depends on a fewer per capita error reports, it might be that Esperanto will take longer to come out of beta than the average language. Because I think a lot of the error reports that are made are false, made by confused beginners (I know I've been guilty of this). And of all the languages being taught at Duolingo, Esperanto will inevitably be the language where a larger proportion of the learners are a) complete beginners and b) have no outside support in their learning of the language, since so few people have the opportunity to learn Esperanto in a formal/school environment. So I bet the poor team must sift through a lot of false error reports.

2 years ago