https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

Shared my Duolingo success - promptly received 5 downvotes! Why?

I posted here on the day I reached my 300-day Streak, and wrote the entire post in German. Within hours I received 5 down-votes and the post was removed. No constructive criticism or corrections to my German, just down-votes. Isn't it motivational for others who are learning a language to read about the successes of others? Or should I have written the post in German and English?

November 23, 2015

59 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ilmarien

Congrats on the 300+ days! As for the down votes, perhaps the title of the post threw people off and they thought it was spam? (Wie isst man einen Elefant?) I'm not sure how people could mistake what follows for spam - my German's pretty terrible and even I can read the couple lines that still show up in your profile stream.

I really don't like that the post is no longer accessible, though. If that's an automatic result of getting too many negative votes, it's clearly being abused.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga

It should NOT be automatic - by everything I have read and experienced. This is a bit strange. It is true that -5 votes should hide the post. Though it is still there, and if others find it - which they can do by going to your activity stream, and clicking on it, or through another persons, if someone else has commented on the post. And if it gets sufficient votes, it will pop back up to being visible.
However at regular intervals the sweepers come through from central, and will delete and tidy some things up. Though there is so much to do. Whether in the rush of sweeping it accidentally got swept up - it is hard to say.
However if you took a copy, I would say it is worth re-posting - from all I can see of it. Just as Stacie (Ilmarie) has said. And I love the title of it !
Please - keep doing wonderful things. Please do not be discouraged by the negative acts of some randoms. It is each of us that also have an influence here. And maybe - also because of what has happened, and this conversation here as well, better things will continue to come about.

Duolingo is what we make of it - that is what makes it great.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ilmarien

That is somewhat encouraging, at least! I may have taken WanderingMonk's comments about downvoting pushing posts off the boards too literally - I'd been gone for a couple months and didn't know if there had been any changes in the way spam was handled.

It's entirely possible that someone who doesn't speak any German came by, saw all the downvotes, and just assumed. Unfortunate, but far from the strangest thing that has ever happened here, haha.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga

Of that I do agree, that it is not the strangest thing that has happened here :D

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eliyazdi

This forum is unfortunately full of spammers who just want to spam and downvote positive things. You just have to ignore them. Also, congratulations on your 300 day streak! Have a lingot!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reject86

That's terrible, it make me upset. Should i go around upvoting everything that's on-topic, then???

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eliyazdi

Generally, if you find something that you find helpful or interesting, you should upvote it. But of course what you do or don't upvote is up to you :D

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eliyazdi

Normally, if something is on-topic and it gets a lot of downvotes to the point that it is in the negatives, I upvote it whether or not I find it interesting.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

Exactly, and I seem to have run in to many of these spammers!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VanillaSeal

Hi myself! You are my other account!

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

Hey VanillaSeal a.k.a. me, how's it going? Here's a lingot, my other account only has like two.

January 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeisannT

I think it's great and good on you for achieving it!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

I think many may not have understood the post and thought it was spam or misplaced.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

It would have been good immersion practice, as they could have translated it and expanded their vocabulary.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForgedbyHistoria

Well your German is probably better than all of the "spammers of le downvotes" as edit- The-Mockingjay? calls them.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

:)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

I would first like to congratulate you on a 300+ day streak!! {@style=color:orange;}

It's a great achievement! And about the downvotes, it's usually a few things;

1) Just the spammers of le downvotes, as I call them, they just downvote cause.. you know.. why not? They're spammers.

2) It's really not something people would rather read, I would so I could be motivated and many others as well, but others are just interested in other things.

3) Some people don't like seeing others success while they are working with their own streaks and levels, I've asked around.

Of course, there are many other reasons, and perhaps the ones I listed are completely incorrect. Simply put, don't make a big deal out of it, just continue with your success!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

The purpose of my post was not to 'blow my own horn', but to reinforce the fact that it requires real dedication to learn a language, and you will not learn it in your sleep. I wanted those who are only a few months into their learning journey to know that results come in direct proportion to effort expended.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

And you sir are correct! It does take sole dedication and effort to learn and embrace the culture, tradition, and dialect of another unique foreign place! It's a beautiful thing, isn't it?

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

See. The topic went from 3 Upvotes to 0... And my post got downvoted 3 times.

edited: and -2 votes on this..

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reject86

Your smiley face in response to ForgedbyHistoria got downvoted as well. I'm upvoting you to make up for those

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

Spammers.. It's a bit too much, isn't it? Let's not get overboard on downvotes..

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

You do seem to have a posse of spammers, and that's just not fair.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

don't take it personal. It's a huge community on Duolingo. I suppose you just got unlucky with spammers. Also, weiter so, und bis auf Stufe 25. :-)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

Ever heard of... ENVY?!

Don't worry about it. Life's too short ;-)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ry_Dawg

Die Hasseren werden hassen! :) Just remember: #ManLebtNurEinmals #MLNE

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

I saw your post, and I was very impressed by your ability to write such excellent German. You have every reason to be proud of your accomplishment! As I write this, I see many others are flocking to congratulate and support you. Please consider us as the true voices of your fellow community members who delight in your success. Alles gute!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

Ich danke dir!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

you did great job, and remember: real world will be even worse

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

Meine Tochte ist in Grumpycat verliebt!

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

Okay.. So this post officially has the spammers going all crazy over it. I don't see what I've done wrong..

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

Spam is posting irrelevant sales messages and other nuisance messages. It has nothing to do with the use of the up and down votes.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnjaMostertman

I was just going to suggest that you change your user name, but I see that you just did. I hope it helps, spammers are not known for their intellect;-)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

I have a bug with my username. It's really Hyllning, but it keeps changing to The-Mockingjay

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnjaMostertman

So, weird when I upvote your post it changes to Hyllning...

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

Yep. It's a glitch, Duolingo needs to fix it. I made a post about it.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

Great job in German! Even though I wouldn't be able to read most of that article (not so fluent in German just yet) I don't know why people would do that to you: however, I get down-votes too: I commented with a tip and a joke on a discussion (EVERYONE was joking on the discussion) and I got four down-votes, and that joke was appropriate and funny, so I understand how you'd feel. It isn't a nice feeling! I think I'll compensate by giving you a lingot. Keep up your amazing streak!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

I got a downvote on an anecdote I posted that was appropriate and funny. But I went back later and had a bunch of upvotes. I never downvote anything unless it is really, really bad. And maybe people who beg for lingots.

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

That's good for you! Unfortunately, I deleted my comment because it had -4 votes.

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

I have slightly edited and reposted the original "Wie isst man einen Elefant?" (das zweite Kapitel) so that all of you who have been so supportive can read it for yourselves. Please make corrections if you find grammatical errors (and I make plenty of them). Let's see how long it stays on the Discussion Board.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicPowerHero

Hey what's the name of your post? You can search it, or go onto your stream and find it. Then upvote it. I'll upvote it too! Then it can come back.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

Thanks. I have posted it again: "Wie isst man einen Elefant?" (das zweite Kapitel)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicPowerHero

No problem. Hope it gets upvoted.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tanyafava

Sorry for you! I've had some uncalled for downvotes too in my short time, and the fact is, you meet jerks everywhere. Well done on your hard work!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimGo1986

Don't think about the 'what if's'? What if I wrote it this way, in that language, ....

The main thing here is, you got a 300-day streak. You have two very high levels in two languages also. You should be happy and celebrate that. You should have never gotten those down-votes. Don't let those get you down!

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anne_omoly

FWIW a clearer title would have made me read it, so perhaps that's why it's downvoted? The text itself is a pretty bogstandard nonoffensive Duo post but the title is slightly more out of the ordinary.

(Which isn't to say don't, but different = noticeable)

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/History_GeekGirl

Congratulations on your streak and accomplishments in German! Don't let downvotes get you down. Probably the people were frustrated they couldn't read the German half of your post, or else just being obnoxious.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

I just want to tell you again, good going! I also realized something. Don't let the down-votes bother you too much, because there's always somebody who'll down-vote a lot, in your case, maybe they didn't understand the German and was frustrated, or maybe they were jealous of your success. This isn't fair, because I'm sure the majority of the Duolingo community would be happy for you! Then again, maybe people think you were showing off. Some people are like that, in real life too. There are people, according to my piano teacher, who get angry if someone plays something really hard, they think that person was showing off. This is like that, so don't let these narrow-minded people bother you. Congratulations on your German fluency! P.S. I gave you two lingots.

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratmotor13

Vielen Dank!

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevinwf

Congratulations, regardless. :)

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tshenyca

I'm very sorry that happened maybe we can follow each other and I can always vote up for you so that never happens again.

but GOOD JOB ON YOU SUCCESS (i wrote those in caps because I'm happy for you)

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chenrui.Z

awwww...have a lingot.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WanderingMonk

Congratulations on your streak and your knowledge of German!!

There's no telling why you got down-voted. Sometimes it seems like any post, no matter how interesting and relevant will get down-voted a few times as soon as it is put up by the down-vote trolls and if it doesn't get the up-votes to counter them quickly it will get down-voted off the board. It could be that at whatever time of day it was there were enough here to remove it.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning

Correct. Also, 1 one day until your 100 day streak!! Congrats to you as well!! :)

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WanderingMonk

Thank you! If I can stay up for two more hours I will get it tonight.

It seems like you have your own personal down-voters following you around, this comment was 3 down.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tshenyca

please give me a lingot I have non and I need some thank you

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillowTan

Feel free to show your skills! Mostly everybody will congratulate you... I see plenty of people here! The spammers shouldn't bother you, and you are very correct, it is motivational. Or, it should be, but those spammers aren't motivated, they're jealous. Don't let them stop you! :)

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0o0Emy0o0

Hi! congratulations on you steak !!! (: keep on the good work (:

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