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Groups for Schools to Prevent Spam

Here is an idea I have thought of: since we have received a lot of spam and guideline-breaking from students who signed up for Duolingo, I suggest that users be able to be signed up in a group. For example, Smalltown School could be smalltown0. Each group has its own moderators and users, and all the discussions would be segregated from the rest of the site.

January 31, 2014




Edit: Relevant part from Pont: If does seem that Duolingo is working on special provision for teachers and students: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/603171 Interestingly, there are also teachers who seem to be as concerned about protecting their students from the public as we are about protecting the public from their students :-) -- e.g. http://www.duolingo.com/comment/845170 . With luck, DL's efforts in this direction will serve both goals.


Unfortunately, I'm not even sure this will work because it's so easy to make an account. Those types of people will probably post spam regardless just for the heck of it. It's annoying and the only way to prevent this would be making it harder to sign up somehow, which I can't see happening any time soon.


What I'm saying is this will reduce spam, not eliminate it. Many of these students are lazy bums who don't want to go through the 5 minutes of making a real account. They only sign up for school.


I think I read somewhere that they are working on this feature.


I actually haven't seen any spam (probably thanks to the amazing mods) but this is an ace idea. I hope the rest of the community doesn't judge us teens too hard on the poor behaviour of those forced to be here :)


I have nothing against anybody based on age, it's just that lots of those forced to be here decide to spam a lot. Of course, the motivated ones could sign up for a personal account.

If you refresh the board every 10 seconds, you get some spam after a while.


Okay, time to test this theory


(it works mainly on school days, though, there is significantly less school-related spam on the weekends)


I've been curious about how people know that spammers are school children. Would anyone mind explaining to me how/what they know?


It's kind of obvious if they join together, friend each other, study the same language without seeming to be very interested in it, and engage in teen chit chat instead of studying.


I always thought they were just friends hanging out together as I didn't expect Duolingo to be that popular with teachers yet. But it's possible that there are more teachers than I am aware of even if there seems to be little monitoring.


I have seen some teachers' accounts on here, including teachers asking about how they could control their students. Some people here are incidentally teachers in the real world, but there is a surprisingly large number of teachers who try using Duo in the classroom. Most of the chit-chat is through stream comments rather than discussions, but lots of spam has been posted by these people.

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