Immersion - Translating articles
I think there needs up be some kind of discussion available on the articles interface. All too often it seems people are changing words back to their literal translation, instead of respecting the meaning of the sentences within the context of the topic. Often, in order to put forward the correct meaning of something it is necessary to use words or expressions which have nothing to do with the original translation, but convey the meaning intended. I think a means of discussing sentences within the interface would make the process a lot nicer and less frustrating.
I agree with you, it's just necessary to discuss things, as in translating, not only language skills count but also background knowledge and in this way we could have the opportunity to discuss things, give our reasons, instead of editing over and over, and accumulating endlessly subsequent versions. That's what I think. Agree or not, but opine please:)
Indeed, personally I think Duolingo only puts a priority to what people deem a priority, if enough users start barking(asking) for this it will eventually be deployed.
This is such a relatively simple thing to implement, that it would take maybe 1 hour or a day at most to do it. It doesn't need to be a full discussion in the immersion tab, it could follow the same format of the sentence discussion, and a small link to create a discussion about the article,e.g.: tag [Title] [Name_Of_Article], [Immersion Article Discussion] - "La derriere", and maybe a link pointing back to it.
There are discussions. Unfortunately, they get burried. Here are a couple that have come up: This one concerns translating guidelines: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/984423
This one is about the new Tier system in testing "Duolingo translator Tiers for everyone!" :http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1081906
This is another one about the Immersion translation locks: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1106575$comment_id=1109947
Why we need A Comment section for Immersionhttp://www.duolingo.com/comment/1093032
There is the search bar to the right side of the discussion page where you can type something like "Immersion" or "Tier" etc and the threads relating to that will come up. It's often a big mess to navigate though because there is a lot of thread clutter.
Thanks for pointing these out, I hadn't seen them, very useful.
However I really meant that actually on the article interface (physically, not a debate 'on', but literally on :)) I think there needs to be the ability to discuss a sentence. If that is already present I certainly can't find it :)