To Newbies re: "Followers" In my opinion also know as Duolingo Language Angels.
Hello Fellow New Folks, I've been at this a little over a month. There are a lot of people out there that are doing the same thing we are doing. But they have a lot more experience not only with the languages (most are doing a bunch at the same time) but also how Duolingo works, other resources to help etc. They will actually take the time from their studies to watch your progress and help by "Following" you.
Below is a post I did for one of my "Followers"; xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Thank you. BTW I added you as per your request. I truly appreciate the help that my "followers" are doing. I know you folks certainly aren't "following" me for my knowledge of Spanish. You folks are "following" me to keep an eye on me and guide me. Thanx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
If someone sends you a request, they are willing and certainly have the ability to help. Some are at the same level as you and it makes it interesting to "follow" each others progress. Take it for what it is. A gift from someone taking time out to help,
In addition, there are Language Discussion forums that Duolingo created specifically for people to ask questions and help each other find answers to them, and also to discuss a specific language in general. You can find those here:
Good luck with your studies! And thank you to everyone who is being wonderfully helpful! ^_^