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How to correctly handle a Lingot Begging post and prevent more from being posted.

CodyORB
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Once in a while in someone annoyingly posts a discussion in the Discussion stream asking for lingots. Here's a few tips to correctly handle a lingot begging post and prevent more.

  1. Ignore. Don't even comment on it, just dislike and carry on. If someone comments on a post, it will make the beggar think that people are giving attention to them, and they should post more. However, if the post is related to a glitch, encourage them to repost in the Troubleshooting forum (if it's not in there).
  2. NEVER give lingots. This will just motivate the beggar, causing them to repost knowing they will get more. It might also motivate other users, which could create a second wave of posts.
  3. If the person is constantly spamming, notify a moderator.
  4. If there was an issue that caused you to lose lingots, then I recommend notifying a moderator for help, or posting in the Troubleshooting forum.

Hope this helps!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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Eh, I would have agreed with you until this past week when someone posted "I NEED INGOTS" and I finally came up with a reply that I really like, which I plan to use from here on out:

“You do not need lingots. Lingots are dangerous, and can kill you. They carry a bacteria that can rot out your mind and incapacitate your body. I happen to have an immunity, but you should be grateful that you don't have any lingots. The only thing worse (for those without immunity) than having them is asking for them - seriously, don't do that. I don't even want to tell you about the diseases you can get, it happened to a friend of mine and it was horrific, I don't want to talk about it, I can't bear to think about it. It is possible, however, to build up an immunity by doing exercises in your target language. Good luck.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Really? I like to eat my lingots with fava beans and a nice Chianti. I had no idea they were so dangerous.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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You probably have immunity too. And great taste in actors.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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That is so funny! Great job scaring that beggar away :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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I like to think that they went off and did lots of exercises in their target language, you know, to build up an immunity.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Yeah

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

If the beggar is spamming you, you should also block them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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That's what I do too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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I will send that to every person who write posts like ''I NEED LINGOTS''

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blUE_BaSkEt_GirL

Me too :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

My friends want to kill me by passing this disastrous disease onto me! XD (Well, also annoying me)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

You gave me and Ryan each a bag of 100,00 bacterial diseases!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

I added immunity :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadya222
Nadya222
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That baby looks like he is "downloading" something, right into his pants!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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Someone wants to kill me too. I think we'll be ok. Annoyance on the other hand, that might be what gets us.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadya222
Nadya222
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Are you sure the "beggar" wasn't really asking for gold, when they wrote "I NEED INGOTS"? (Because gold comes in ingots... or in bitcoin, maybe.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
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Or, possibly he wanted us to find some women for him, he's partial to the name Inga, and is a terrible speller. Hard to say.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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The degeneration of this thread into a sarcasm free-for-all is becoming more and more humorous with every post.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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P.S. - Where can you find some women for me

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
CharmingTiger
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...(to teach me such superior forms of sarcasm which a humble man like myself can only hope to one day be able to dish out)?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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Hey, I wouldn't even give the poor kid a lingot. Or bitcoin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
tara668
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When someone announces the "correct" way to do something, I take it as an invitation for sarcasm.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadya222
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I just take it as someone who is rather "anal", like the professional golfer, Tiger Woods. (P.S: Tiger also describes himself as anal, by the way.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadya222
Nadya222
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Hmmm! Inga sounds like a nice German lady with a sizeable bustenhalter.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

We should relax a bit and realize that the vast majority of the lingot beggars are very young users. Their language skills may not be developed enough for them to write a good post, but they want to interact with the community because they see everyone else having fun. Personally I would FORGIVE one or maybe two lingot begging posts, maybe even give the person lingots if I feel like it, along with some encouraging words. After that I would begin to ignore the posts and if they got very repetitive(5 in one day) I might even contact a moderator about it.

Only a few lingot beggars are trolls who should be ignored to deny them the inappropriate attention that they are seeking.

I prefer to see lingot begging as a way of saying "hi, i am new" or "I need friends, follow me" which are technically spam, but that we are very tolerant and understanding towards, because we were all new and friendless once.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Rewarding children screaming "GIMME GIMME" is just bad. I don't care how old they are they need to learn how to behave and they don't do that by rewarding bad behaviour.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

I recommend that you ignore it, or you could think about how mad you are about it until you pop. I would ignore it if I were you. As for me, I give many of them lingots and encourage them. Only very very disruptive behavior would change that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I do ignore it. And your assumption I'm mad is silly.

I just find it dumb to encourage this behaviour. If you really think they are young why would you not want them to learn more appropriate behaviour? You are doing them a disservice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

I disagree completely.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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I don't agree with you on that. Well, I could see someone new here posting one not knowing, but we need to make it clear that it is not accepted.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

By stuffing rules in their faces? I prefer a warm welcome and I think most people do too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Did you even read CodyORBs post before commenting. They clearly stated to ignore them. How is that "stuffing rules in their faces"?

You really like to read a lot into people's posts.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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YESS!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

What does "we need to make it clear that it is not accepted" mean to you? But, we have different approaches to this issue, that is okay.

I like to read people's posts, and I like to read into them a little bit too. Can I continue to learn on Duolingo? or, Should I stop commenting, like I did here?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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That would be confusing.

Newbie4: "How come you gave Newbie1 and Newbie2 lingots on their post but contacted the moderators about my post? Why was my post different?"

Why would you give lingots to Newbies 1 and 2, ignore Newbie 3, and report Newbie 4 just because of the order of their posts - because Newbie 4 happened to be the fourth lingot posts of the day and Newbie 1 posted the first one of the day?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.I._Joe

I meant by the same user. I would try to give them all the same treatment even thought I don't have to.

I will choose to welcome them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
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I like your attitude. I rather like giving lingots, but not all the time. Sometimes I give lingots and then suggest ways to earn them. I once gave someone 5 lingots to get a double or nothing. Do you know they even paid me back. Now the posted did not ask for lingots either.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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I see.

I don't think I've seen more than one lingot-begging post by the same user per day - it's the volume of posts by separate users that gets wearying.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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I agree with G.I._Joe!! He's a real American hero!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomegirl4321

Here is a lingot begar! OOPS i motivated him. Sorry i already messed up!

That was a joke

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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This post is perfect, spamm is really common on nowdays while using internet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Yes, unfortunately. But we're doing better, and now posts like this are popping up all over the Internet :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

Thank you so much for this!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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You're welcome!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KingDerp952

can you give out lingots 4 free?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Sure, everyone here is welcome to give lingots! Just avoid the beggars they're coming for you

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

He'll have to charge after the first 4 though.

2 years ago