Year (2013) in review thread/discussion/blog by Duolingo staff ( or users)
I was just thinking that some of us joined recently, and others joined so long ago that they can't even remember.
I therefore think it would be nice if the staff members could do a blog post or thread reviewing the year in terms of Duolingo. Success (and/or failures) stories, features, funny coincidences and events, and future plans as well as anything else that happened and was memorable this year.
Also users may use this thread to highlight nostalgic and interesting experiences you've had since joining and/or as a result of joining Duolingo this past year.
I think since I've joined, September I believe, there have been many discussion on disagreements because of immersion. The most memorable were the constant threads that popped up highlighting:
- Down-voting Wars in immersion - Users were complaining how they suddenly got downvoted for no reason;
- Edit-Wars - People kept changing simple words, most notably the Winnetou war and the Batter vs dough War in the gateau article;
- Sentence-Blocking wars - Some were concerned about never correcting sentences in immersion;
- Revert-Wars - Some people kept reverting other users translation in immersion;
- Incubator - This was always asked and finally the team added it, someone once stated that it would never work, and produce a course of awful quality. The team is working to prove the naysayers wrong;
- Hackathon - This was particularly memorable since it caused a particular argument about whether some colors are appropriate for nouns;
- Lingot Store - was deemed interesting by some, and particularly useless by others;
- Vocabulary strength - Bunch of threads cropped up with people complaining that the vocabulary decay rate was too fast, and some said the exact opposite; and
- The practice button disappearing from the Mobile apps - two or more threads got so many upvotes and replies that the Ceo of Duolingo (Luis von Ahn) had a dream (revelation or nightmare perhaps), and woke up at 5am to tell people they would get their little button back!!! :D;
Edit: Added incubator;
Ha, I was highlighting the particularly funny ones. Although I recall someone said it would be a horrible idea, and have awful quality. I think since I arrived, the lingot store, the hackaton, and the incubator must have been the top things.
In April, skill trees were changed to display word strength. The design was changed more recently to have stages rather than multiple pathways down.
Immersion (the latest version of the translations section) was introduced in April.
The moderator status and the community guidelines were also introduced in April.
Flairs were introduced in May. They included flags for language, a flame for the newly introduced spree and a green M rather than a green circle for moderators.
The launch of the android app in May was a pretty big event because requests for an app had been flooding the forums for months.
The English course for speakers of French was finished this year but people had to discover that on their own because there was no announcement about it :(
Those are the main things that I can remember at the moment. The months before April seemed to be more quiet, probably because the android app introduced so many new people to the website. I have been around less since the summer period but I am sure there are people who can fill in the gaps. A lot has happened during the past year, perhaps I'll come up with more things to add later.