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https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWest.com

Duolingo is asking for our name and location

When you create your account, or update your profile settings, it asks for you full name. That may be a small bit dangerous. The fact that Duolingo is asking for your full name seems a little scary to me, and very many people are giving out their name at that. It is especially scary when Duolingo asks for your location.

Just saying, we shouldn't be asked to give out our name and location.

My 1st suggestion, is that instead of asking for "full name" it could say "name (optional)" and instead of location: "country"

My 2nd suggestion, is that when you first start Duolingo, a bubble will pop up with all the written guidelines, so that everyone will know NOT to even share personal info.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
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For my location, just put "West Virginia" because it might be relevant to language discussions, because I might think "weird" words or phrases are common. You can leave it all empty or put whatever you want. Click on a few users (especially folks that have been here a long time) to get some ideas of what you think would be helpful to put on your own profile, if anything.

You're right to bring this up, though. Full name and exact location are nobody's business. In fact, Duolingo's own Guidelines warn us against over-sharing of personally identifying information.

It's a bit of a mixed message, isn't it?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWest.com

Very good point. I wasn't thinking about how the guidelines are specifying that. But if you notice, most people here (especially newbies) have never seen the guidelines. I'm thinking now, that the answer to this problem, is this: when you first start Duolingo, the guidelines can show up, and you have to read them all, that way, when people go to create their account, there is no issue.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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And yet, the one aspect I find Duo does less well than other traditional courses is that they tend to start heavily with "Hello, my name is, I am from etc". I think it would be good to have a place to input this info so that it could be pulled through in optional modules.

Perhaps with a warning for those who are worried what Duo will do with the data to use memorable but false information (eg the details of a favourite celebrity?)

It's what I found when I went to a local Italian class after getting about 50% through the tree on here, I was at a good level (even a bit more advanced) compared to my classmates who had been learning traditionally for a similar length of time, but much less sure about the basics about myself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eliani4Him

I didn't even know that those guidelines were on Duolingo so thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland
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You don't have to insert your real name, or real location (if any at all. You can choose not to add any at all). Take my profile for example. As my full name I have "Galactic Emperor" (which surprisingly isn't my real name) and as Location I just have "Ireland" which isn't very specific. So don't worry, you don't have to give out such personal information if you don't feel like it. You can leave those spaces blank or have some fun with it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWest.com

Very true, though, I have seen some younger children take it literally, and are giving out those personal pieces of information. I was suggesting for that to be changed. Instead of asking for "full name" it could say "Name (optional)" and "country" instead of location.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

In signing up to anything children should should be monitored, that is a parents job don't u think?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZiggyStardust77

If Duolingo claims to be safe for all ages, they share some responsibility in making issues like this more clear.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Duo do not claim it is safe for all ages AFAIK. I believe that they follow the US guidelines and deter people under the age suggested by the US government which is something like 13 or 14 years. However, the internet is very difficult to police and it is almost impossible to check ages ETC.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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In those slots (name and location) I often put the name of a character from something that I like and write about something related in the location spot, sometimes even the bio part. ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZiggyStardust77

My name is Ziggy Stardust. My location is "Chilling out with the Spiders from Mars".

It was not easy for me to release such personal information, but I hope it helps humanity.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HakeemEvrenoglu
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Nice one! hahahaha

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezra_48

Lol..amen :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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RIP

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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In the past I've brought this to staff's attention. They are pretty swamped but it also could have slipped from mind. Thanks for bringing it back up! It's an important issue.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3rdtime

https://imgur.com/7D82g8A

Just a label change like that takes approximately 10 seconds total. It wouldn't disrupt any back end stuff, however the approvals and signatures to authorize....those aren't fun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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It does seem a little silly that the site worries so much about folks sharing their email addresses and phone numbers while at the same time leaving a spot for this kind of info in the profile. You can understand why kids end up sharing too much when the first thing they're asked to do when they fill out their profile is put in their name and city. If you're going to be concerned about security, you have to do it fully.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWest.com

That's just what I thought, though hopefully, more kids will hear about the guidelines, and this won't be a problem.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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It isn't mandatory for you to provide your name or location. It's just an option.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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The profile page is a great place to personalize your Duo account. In fact, it is the only place in which you can do so! By 'personalize' I mean put whatever kind of information you want in the Name, Location and Biography fields! There are even some fun tricks to be discovered on your profile page, such as the fact that you can fit more characters into each field if you copy/paste the sentences instead of typing them directly into each section.

Some of the things I like to put on my profile page are:

Current Goals

Duolingo-Related Accomplishments

Inspiring and/or Interesting Quotes

My First Name, the Country I Live In and Hobbies I Enjoy

I also like to include both English as well as some Spanish in my profile, as that is currently my target language I wish to study.

I hope that these examples can serve as some good guidelines as to what you can do with your profile page without giving out too much personal information.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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My location is the coordinates of the north pole XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceJoyPancakes
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That explains this Duo paparazzo photo of you:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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Gasp! I didn't mean for anyone to see that! Scrambles around, flustered.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bersalon
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I just put my alias 'Melzyr Bersalon' down for my Fullname. As for my location, I wrote 'Aincher, Beezniss'. You are not required to put any of them down at all, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Aincher, Beezniss!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bersalon
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Thanks! Great photo!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezra_48

That's hilarious! =-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyattw54321

I diden't know that there were guide lines untill now. Thank, really!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

actually, both things are optional.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlotte-Brony

You don't really need to put actual information in there, though; Charlotte is my extremely-generic French name given to me by my teacher, and for my location, I just put Earth. What you place in this area doesn't need to be accurate, and it's defiantly not double-checked by Duolingo.

With that said, I don't like the entire idea of Duo asking for my personal information, such as name, location, and even email addresses. They promise these things to be kept confidential. but are they really in the end? If you're not going to share our personal information, then why ask for it in the first place? Like you said, everything should be optional.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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You don't have to. It's simply and option and it DOES say optional next to it. Also, you don't have to put in your location. If you do change your mind and decide you want a location in your profile, go to the choice menu next to your profile picture (and flag) and Select "settings" . Then it will take you to your Account settings, and there is a list on the right-hand side and one of the words is "Profile" . Click that, and you've got choices for your

  • location

  • bio

and

  • full name.

When you sign up, there is a white button saying "Create a profile" on the blue line. If you click that is says email, full name (optional), username and password. The Full name is optional, the username is crucial, the email doesn't show on your profile (it's there so Duolingo can send you emails) and the password is pretty obvious.

So the answer to your question is: THE FULL NAME OPTION IS OPTIONAL.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azzipog
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I've always been curious why people care about having to divulge their name or even their address? I can understand credit card info, but I don't understand why a name would matter or even a location.

Not meant to be condescending, but just generally interested in hearing the rationale behind wanting to keep one's name private.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Because you don't want an unbalanced person taking notice of you and becoming fixated on you, stalking you, and making your life a misery. That's one reason.

Or because you have a high profile life and don't want to be recognized and harassed by Duoparazzi.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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If someone is, say 7 and they give out their full name and address a person can look up information about their parents. I'm not going to outline the ways in which this decreases the safety of the child and I prefer that others not get into it as this is not a training house for people who want to hurt children. But there is information that strangers shouldn't have about children.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyattw54321

I agree

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susanna35
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I know there are some very young people on this site; I have encountered several of them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mkslo

I think I put in my real name and location, but I don't remember it. I was under the impression that you have to fill in something and I wasn't in the mood to invent something at the time. And I didn't plan to talk in forums or anything so I didn't care.

I think I'll take a break from duolingo for now anyway. It's distracting me from other things in life (looking for work and figuring out what to do with the rest of my life) that should be my priority right now.

It's really fun and addictive, I can't help it. It doesn't even feel like I'm learning, more like I'm playing. But I reached the stage where I would need to put in more time and effort to take my knowledge to the next level, so I decided it's probably better to focus on other things for now.

And since I started checking the discussions more often I spend even more time here. I know where this is going. Soon I'm going to be making at least one comment a day too. I probably better leave and sort out other things first.

2 years ago