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How will Duolingo improve the forums?

Question #2 from the series Ask us about Duolingo, Round 2!

Thanks MacIomhair, your question received 101 votes!


QUESTION

Are there any plans to improve the forums? There are too few forums (I'd unsubscribe from the main one if there was an official announcements one that only staff could post in) meaning that too many people are trying to use them for too different things making each-other uncomfortable in the process. I know this is not meant to be a social network, but it's time to face facts that the current forums are not really enough for the site. I have plenty of suggestions but this is not really a suggestion thread. The other issue is the down-voting. I am guilty of down-voting "I wanna get sum linguts plzzzzzz" posts and other suchlike, but then there are those who create 20 accounts and down-vote everything into oblivion.


ANSWER

Glad you asked! Yes, we do have plans to improve the forums. We agree with many of the suggested* improvements, and we are prioritizing the immediate needs to 1. address spam and gratuitous up/downvoting and 2. help learners quickly find resources they are looking for.

We are putting spam-fighting tools in place (reverse engineering is a constant challenge, so forgive us for not outlining specifics) that will identify and target exactly the kinds of nefarious activities you mentioned, and we hope you’ll notice improvements very soon.

To address your pain point directly, we do not plan to add any more forum channels at this time. Why? Because we don’t think that more channels will improve the quality of the content, improve the learner experience, or reduce spam. (Adding more channels may simply exacerbate current issues.) But we are committed to tackling the bigger ask of helping learners quickly find resources they are looking for, whether official announcements, irregular verb conjugations, or anything in between. We’re currently testing a “related discussions” feature, and we will keep the goal of your “staff announcements” suggestion in mind as we continue to work on making the forums a more useful (and less spammy) resource. Goodbye lingot begging and clutter, hello product announcements, language insights, inspiring stories, and more places for learners to meaningfully connect.

Outside of the forum, we are also working on new features that allow learners to connect with one another and practice language in more conversational and practical contexts… so stay tuned!

  • We appreciate the need for forum fixes that many of you have suggested both here and elsewhere. Our immediate priorities are reducing spam and surfacing useful content. After that, we will reprioritize and tackle accordingly… because how nice would it be for related discussions to be collapsible? So. Nice.)
November 23, 2016

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

goodbye lingot begging and clutter ? Is that possible? Sounds awesome and I really hope you can accomplish these improvements.

November 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

I don't even know why people want lingots. I mean, there is not so many stuff to do with it and for the things you can purchase you just need to study for some days in order to get them.

November 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

I guess that is why we hate it so much. . . it's just dumb to beg for lingots.

November 24, 2016

[deactivated user]

    Some teachers use (or at least used) lingots to track their students' progress.

    December 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

    May I have a lingot please?
    :D
    (I only have 6415)

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

    Ah sure I'm in a giving lingots away mood today ;) So folks step right up and tell me how many you want. I forgot how annoying the giving lingots away posts are. . .

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

    Thanks. Lol. I don't understand why people beg for lingots. They are so easy to earn

    November 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProDuoExtra

    Duolingo should have a verification code sent by email, preventing spammers create new accounts on fake emails (e.g. fsddskjvv@gmail/yahoo.com), and to prevent them to abuse the discussion forums by downvoting...

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
    • 1718
    November 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

    I believe the definition is anything fun or remotely resembling humour.

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
    • 1718
    November 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

    Newcomer forum for those who want to let us know how much they like DL. It's nice to see they are happy and it won't clutter the rest of the forums

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deguo

    So what exactly will you do to reduce spam, lingot betting, and other clutter?

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

    Thanks for answering and great to hear you are working on it.

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deb1134

    Point 2, improve learners ability to find content, is exciting. When I was brand new to duo, I read up on some things in the forums. I was a bit discouraged by some of what I read. There is a wonderful story from someone who, using immersion, and steadily working, got to level 25. I also read about how duo is moving away from immersion, and about some learner's frustrations with it. All this info on something that I could only wonder about- because I don't have immersion, yet through links in the forums I found I was able to visit.

    Of course I was curious about immersion, because it's mentioned as a way to earn lingots. It sounds like that's how dedicated learners used to move beyond the tree.
    It seems like popular means "Old enough to have a lot of comments and likes." It's also old enough to be irrelevant. Or at least less relevant. Not sure, but seems like adding words to a search gives this or that, instead of this and that. Quoting a forum title word by word doesn't bring it up. People repeat questions because it's hard to find the answers, and it's hard to know if an answer is up to date. Getting the right information easily would be a huge improvement.

    November 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Redwolf1928

    "Outside of the forum, we are also working on new features that allow learners to connect with one another and practice language in more conversational and practical contexts… so stay tuned!"

    YES! :D

    November 29, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mallowigi

    Can we do something about links not being links (e.g. not being able to middle click to open in a new tab).

    December 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icicle94

    wow so many ppl think earning lingots are easy they are not not when u are 11 plus who wants to beg for stuff thats jst like bribing right?

    January 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melody746408

    Will you bring back our clubs? Our language specific club? With the same delightful people that we can actually communicate with? Please??

    July 6, 2019
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