Punishment vs Encouragement
I am beginning to dread coming to the Duo Lingo site. For the third time in a week I have been hit with the Looks Wrong button instead of just being edited which is the loss of 15 hard earned points. I have been with this site for almost ten months and this is the first time this has happened. I thought this was a kind community and helping others was just part of it. I am sure that 99+% of them are. It is bad enough to open your email each day to see a page of edits of your work with often extremely minor changes that are just grammatical fussiness. I can accept the latter to a point. However the use of the Looks Wrong button is overkill and totally unnecessary. This kind of treatment is very discouraging. Rewarding learners who are trying their best will produce better results and a more enjoyable experience than the punishment of the Looks Wrong button. If this keeps up I will never be able to advance. A true disincentive to continue. I request the removal of the Looks Wrong button and a return of the joy of learning at Duo Lingo.
spanjo504- Pains me to hear you are beginning to dread something that should be fun. I appreciate this feedback on the 'Looks wrong' button. The immersion experience is always evolving. I'll definitely bring your feedback directly to the team. Hang in there with us :)
Thank you for your understanding of my point of view. As a teacher with 43 years experience I always found reward more effective than punishment and my students enjoyed the lessons more knowing that mistakes were part of the learning process and they would not be punished for them.
Reading numerous posts like this is, among other things, why I avoid immersion altogether. It is easy to find Spanish texts to translate and compare my efforts to existing English translations.
I haven't had the problem in the German Immersion, thankfully. I've had to use it, though, on a few occasions (These users were either spamming in the translations or they posted in the clunky Duobot translation). I wish Usagi's guides could be stickied or there would be some kind of intro to immersion so people could see the gravity of the "Looks Wrong" button.
Thank you for your comments and understanding. Its good to know I am not alone. I would appreciate knowing where these Spanish translation sites are that you spoke of.
Some studies have noted that punishment is more effective than reward:
(I have seen others, just can't find the site right now...)