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If Duolingo encourages you not to share your whole name then why is there a space for it?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

My guess is that it's for grownups who don't have to worry about having their full name on Duolingo. Duolingo discourages children to share personal information as it could be damaging to them or others.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Grownups should consider their own privacy and safety, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

True, true... :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

It's the difference between theory and practice. When the system is being designed, it's designed based on a theoretical ideal. Practicalities become apparent only after implementation. In theory, it makes sense to share your real name in a learning environment. In practice that is only really a good idea in small, relatively private communities.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades
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If Duolingo does not want you to share your name, why can you link your Facebook profile, where you have to use your real name according to Facebook's EULA?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Just because facebook, encourages and/or demands unwise practices is no reason for duolingo to do the same, but there's also no reason not to give the end user the choice of taking their chances.

Recommending a best practice is not mutually exclusive with allowing end user the freedom not to follow it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades
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I fully agree with you, in the end adult users should be able to decide for themselves what they are going to share. But a lot of users use a nick name here, but have their real name on facebook just one click away.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hivemindx
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Plenty of parents would allow their children to use Duolingo because they assume it is a learning tool and not a social network but because they don't want them chatting to strangers and giving away personal information they won't let them have a Facebook account.

If someone is putting their info out on Facebook then either they or their guardians are obviously ok with that so allowing Duolingo to link to it is not a problem.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinguy19
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Very strong point! I recently noticed this as well. You could, of course, put a fake name on Facebook, as well...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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I have a feeling that it's an artifact from DuoLingo prior them having features for teachers (and thus explicitly encouraging minors to join).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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Yeah... I had my first name up, but changed it to something funny... Take a look!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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YES!! Why indeed?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Don't forget to check out this discussion by Usagi
:D

2 years ago