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Is there a reason why Duolingo has yet to introduce a chat system?

Doing so, in my opinion, would streamline the language learning process even further, seeing as learners could speak not only to others learning the same language, but ALSO to native speakers! Just a suggestion.

Upvote this if you think Duolingo should DEFINITELY implement this idea!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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There are quite a few complicated problems associated with this proposal. Which I have not looked into in detail, but on initial oversight, that is quite problematic to implement.
Issues of privacy , safety and moderation are the first that come to mind.
edited: Bearing in mind we are a diverse and open community, with people of all ages and backgrounds and abilities in this open communication environment.
Also there are other services out that that enable you to do this, and they have been around for quite some time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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I would like to think that, largely, it's the last that's the truest - there's nothing to be gained, really, from trying to introduce something that's widely available through other services. Why reinvent the wheel?

Now, if there are things that other services don't offer, that Duo could bring to the space, that might be a good reason for this to be re-evaluated.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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I am sad you are getting down votes. This is a good discussion to have and address. Please do not take this personally, and I hope you continue to be engaged and contribute to language learning.
As I have just read today, a famous quote "disagreement among the scholars is a mercy". @Allah .
To discuss things related to language and duolingo - in a polite and respectful way, is one of the things I admire and am proud of in duolingo. Even if those discussions could be interpreted as being not advantageous to this site.
From these discussions new insights and opportunities and resources are often located, and discovered.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend
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I am sad you are getting down votes.

When you ask for upvotes as agreement one changes the voting system to a poll about the proposal. Then one has to accept downvotes rejection of the proposal, and shouldn't take them as personal rejection.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akvamariin
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In a way, yes. But too many downvotes early, however, will hide this discussion, preventing more people from seeing it and giving their opinions. When voting a new discussion, you should vote based on whether you find it to be a relevant/ good discussion or not rather than voting based on whether you agree or not.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sgt.Hammer
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That is the problem with the votes. Nobody can agree on how to use them. But most people agree that they are misused frequently. As Vedt-Vand has noted, the "proposal" will be hidden if too many people, who know that the correct answer is that Duolingo will probably not be doing this, get to the post first and hide it. The downvoting system causes many sad things to happen.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

This. I continue to be befuddled by people that want Duo to do things that are already being done, and done very well, elsewhere, whether providing a chat room, grammar instruction, listening exercises, videos, etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xGequili
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I think it stems from the fact that Duolingo is a very high quality website and people would love for it to have everything to learn a language to fluency, whether or not other websites already have what you need. But then, perhaps it's best not to add things like this and leave it to websites that specialize in these things and let Duolingo specialize in what it already does.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sgt.Hammer
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rspreng, you have been befuddled for a long time now. You may have more success escaping from your befuddlement by not developing a negative opinion about an issue as soon as you hear about it. You seem to focus only on how and why something cannot or should not, or need not be done. But you are befuddled because so many people are doing so much good by doing what they cannot or should not or need not, according to your narrow view.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

I think the issue with there being other means to communicate is that no one really wants to put their Skype or Phone Number or anything on a publicly viewable page. The closest thing I can see to getting a hold of someone privately is if they tied their Duolingo to their Facebook (Which is surprisingly unsafe privacy wise)) Having a private messaging thing would be difficult as you said in the case of privacy. But if you are already letting people link Facebook to their account, their should be an optional ability (That is default turned off) to let people privately message you. If you don't like someone you can block them or turn off private messaging. It is difficult when you have kids using this program. But most people use this on their phones anyway, and by adding a few disclaimers and letting people turn it on for themselves, I believe it could be beneficial for letting you make penpals on here and being able to get language partners.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyEvilSlosh
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The closest thing I can see to getting a hold of someone privately is if they tied their Duolingo to their Facebook (Which is surprisingly unsafe privacy wise))

I find that decision weird too. I'd far rather someone I thought was a bit dodgy knew my e-mail address than my facebook account.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HowieJosh8

Yes, it is surprising how people have trouble grasping the weakness of the current arrangement, which seems to be that duoLingo provides no private communication, and theoretically discourages publishing private info, and yet practically forces it because of the gap. As far as I can see, the current system is quite a failure in regards to its implicit goals--that of limiting public exposure of private information.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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Outside of the fact that a lot of browser based chat systems are really poorly implemented, there are issues of privacy, the amount of minors who use this site, oversight by the moderators and administrators, etc. I honestly can think very few positive things that would come out of it and a boat load of negative ones. Also the drama that would be in a chat on DuoLingo would be...such a mess, such a mess.

I should note - I am not against things like IRC or the much better implemented Slack. I chat with people online on a daily basis - it is perhaps because of that that I would be incredibly wary of a DuoLingo chat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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It does seem like it would help people get connected for language connections, IMMENSELY! Especially since people are always posting instructions saying to not post any contact info here, which makes it impossible to connect, currently.

2 years ago