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https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

A better way to know which languages should Duolingo add ?

CosmoKaiza
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I see a lot of demands to add different languages (Finnish, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese etc.) I thought that Duolingo could add a kind of survey, which would be included in the website. All users could vote, and like that, DUolingo knows which languages are the most requested. So for example if Finnish is the most requested by users, they could manage to find the volunteers and start the development. What do you think ?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
psionpete
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You seem to think that Duolingo is a democratic organisation and their users can determine which languages are implemented. Unfortunately it is not and Duo is the only one who will decide and normally that decision is based on available resources.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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Oh Gods - not again. Every few weeks some bright spark organises yet another "what language do you want next?" poll.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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Well the idea is to prevent those post. If we have a page where we know which languages the users know, we don't need to do a poll, do we ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
psionpete
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And in two weeks time or less no one will be able to find the poll and will raise another post asking for his favourite language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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Unless if it is a sticky post

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amaratea
amaratea
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or make it not a post but a profile feature

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
AureliaUK
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NOTHING will prevent those posts, because NOTHING can prevent the flood of self-congratulatory newbies turning up, convinced that they've had an original idea.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Yes, they should have a fixed survey that every account could only vote once (but many would of course open several accounts just to vote more...) until the language choosen gets picked up of the incubator, then the account could initiate a new vote.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Or, there could be a list of languages that seem possible, and we could order them in the order which we desire them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Why only one vote per account?

Preferential voting (where you can vote for as many languages as you want, or up to five languages, or whatever) can also be useful in finding out what is popular. For example, there might be people who would be equally happy with either Icelandic or Finnish coming out.

It doesn't have to be full-out ranked voting where you have to assign scores if you want to express things such as "I wish for either Icelandic or Finnish, would be happy with Icelandic but would prefer Finnish more".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krazy.Kat
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I'm betting SteveLando meant only one vote per Language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

It would be nice if there was just a page somewhere for that so you could go back and change your vote(s) if you changed you opinion (circumstances might change and you suddenly want to learn Mandarin). But a survey would work as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amaratea
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I am pretty sure that it is all not only about volunteers, but also about programming. European languages are fairly simple because it's +/- the same alphabet, and they use alphabets, not syllabaries or abugidas, etc. Japanese would be immensely popular on the poll but it would take much more time and effort compared to Czech, for example.

Of course, this doesn't explain why Icelandic is still not there :P (as for Finnish, its very complex grammar might be the reason)

But what I meant to say is that it's not always only about wishes or lack thereof.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheHockeyist

Not a bad idea. A survey wouldn't be a bad idea.

2 years ago