Vocabulary Tab removed...why?
I can no longer access my word list. I relied on these to strengthen my skills off line. I am hearing the same from everyone I know on duolingo.
Good Lord, don't start removing features. Please make the vocabulary lists accessible again. Going backwards is not part of a good software development life cycle, especially when you don't bother to communicate with users. What is the plan here? What is the thinking on removal of this feature?
You could, you know, share info with your users.
They did share the info with users: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1538409
"One thing I’m sure some of you will miss is the vocabulary page. After a lot of testing, we found that in its current form it wasn’t helping you learn a language faster or stick with the language you are learning longer. Instead, it complicated our system by adding another layer of information that wasn’t well integrated. We went one layer up and instead of "word strength" you’ll now see "skill strength" in a lot of places.
That being said, I can guarantee you that in our efforts to bring all of you the best learning experience, we haven’t seen the last of the vocabulary page. We still believe that learning a language largely depends on having a huge vocabulary, and once we come up with a good way to integrate it across all platforms it will come back. "
OK, this is like someone walking up to you, poking you in the eye, then saying "I just poked you in the eye." It would seem you missed my point about participatory design. Sharing info after the fact is not much use. Why? Because we can already see what has been changed.
A staff member stated before the change, "The vocab page in the current state will not necessarily be in the new design." ( http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1497957 ), which I immediately added to the beginning of the Vocabulary Tab guide ( http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1453744 ) at the recommendation of a moderator.
I don't believe this sentence states that the vocabulary tab "will be removed". I could be mistaken as I don't run searches across comments. Just like my wife does not post a comment somewhere saying "meet me for lunch". I thing a blog would be a better communication tool. They do have a blog, but did not use it to communicate this change.