https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

A new and improved discussion view!

You'll notice that you now have a Discussion Stream, which shows threads from all the sub-forums that you have subscribed to. This makes it easier for you to quickly see all the threads that you're interested in.

You can subscribe to sub-forums by going here:

By the way, if you want to subscribe to sub-forums with native speakers of other languages, you can do so by first switching your course to their language in your settings and subscribing there.

Enjoy :)

February 21, 2014

58 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

I like this change, but what would actually be more useful is if there was also a tab for all Sentence Discussions. To me subscribing to only the general discussions, is less important than subscribing to the sentence discussions, since that's where students can aid each other in their language learning efforts.

Going to each sub-forum to look at them is time-consuming. There is also no possibility to sort them by date, or by number of posts, and this increases the difficulty in finding such threads. Personally, I prefer to answer questions in sentence discussions with only one post since those users have probably put a question, and received .no answer. However, the way the forums are designed seems to dissuade users from getting/giving help.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Trello

Thirded. This new change is very convenient, but having the lesson/sentence discussion sections taken out with the new interface change a few weeks ago makes it difficult to find those specific topics.

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Hear Hear!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus

This is excellent!

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tony

this is awesome!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Many thanks!! I love how we have to select the forum before we are able to post! Also, I noticed the wording update from "Type your title" to "Type your post title". :D

EDIT Thanks everyone! Here is a visual of how to get the tabs back. (Everyone will get their usual tabs with these instructions. Active (Mod) is a mod only tab.).

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http://i.imgur.com/0vDCMYr.png

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bren
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The active mod tab is still there, but only on the individual topic pages.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

We got feedback on that copy from the community and made an update :) Thanks, Usagiboy7!

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

I love this new system, and I have just subscribed to almost everything. It is great being able to see the discussion feed from each language and mingle without any barriers!

It has given me an idea though - I've been posting some responses, but I feel like apologising for the awful grammar of every sentence I write. I don't want to do that either though, because I'll just get really good at apologising.

Do you think there would be any benefit to be had, if we could add some sort of a flag to the messages we post, asking for appraisal of our abilities when posting in our second language? Some sort of button or checkbox we can press when we are not sure what we are saying makes any sense? Some sort of shorthand way of saying "Help pls 'o.o' !" to other posters?

Because I have all this envisioned in my head already, maybe people could even correct individual parts of other peoples posts, like a teacher would, in a way that can only be seen by the poster and the person that helps them? Lingots could be involved as mini rewards, eg if you help someone out, they have to tip you a lingot, and if you ask for help on your post, you have to drop a lingot on it. Your post could also appear to you (and you only) in yellow if no one has read it, then fade to either green or red depending on how correct you are as rated by anyone that feels like it (which I don't think would cause friction, because it would be something you asked for). It's a way to trade lingots for actual help and advice!

Well, that's all the conceptualisation for that out of the way, my work here is done! [sound of beer can opening] :o)

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

Get back to work, we need a new entry in the new user FAQ. :)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Done!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus

You need to subscribe to them now.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Thank you bren, Andrealphus, and kristinmc! :)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Really really great!
Waited for so long to have all the forums (from different languages) in one view: Merci!!

Two Suggestions:
\1. Would it be possible to let us order the list of forums we follow as we want? :)
\2. A "followed discussions" tab in the "general" view (other URL) --- and maybe also for each forum --- would be doable?

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Suggestion: Please consider auto-subscribing users to the Troubleshooting forum for each base-language course they are taking. As a moderator, the new update now requires a longer, more complicated explanation to direct users to Troubleshooting. Thank you!

Updated Troubleshooting Suggestion: When I go to post a New Discussion, Troubleshooting isn't an option. Can it be an option?

(@ Puddleglum, Re: automagically! :D Because everything on Duolingo has a little magic to it! ^_~)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

They can post if they go into troubleshooting first (it's always under the discussions you're subscribed to), but you're right. They need to be automagically (apparently that's a real word!) subscribed so they can see the topic easily when posting.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
Mod
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I second the automagic subscribing to trouble shooting!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
Mod
  • 2176

the little "double flags" look like something that could be very useful for users doing their reverse trees, and for showing all the courses a user is taking (Spanish From English and English from Spanish) . …

I kinda feel this design might come in handy in the future

:-)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Grinchforest

I think it is funny that disccussion view was improved, but stilll it doesn't include the feature which users talked most about. Stressing news from duolingo. If every user pressed v, nobody would read this.

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
Mod
  • 2176

wow! nice :)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/joakandr

While already inside a discussion, it would be nice if there was a quicker way to jump to other similar discussions without having to press the back button to view the list of discussions.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

@joakandr, yes! I was just thinking about how whenever I click "Discussions" in the blue bar, I have to pick my forum all over again. As a mod, I spend a lot of time jumping in and out of discussions. Having to start over and pick my forum each time adds up at the end of the day. I hope we can get a patch of some sort for that eventually. :)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

@joakandr, I have an idea for a solution, if Staff agrees:

When we click on a discussion, it could automatically open in a new tab.

I like to open multiple discussions for browsing anyway. This way, we:

  • wouldn't have to right click to get that option
  • wouldn't have to hit the back button
  • and it would reduce the change that we would forget and have to re-select the forum we want. :)
February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris

That would be great! I usually remember to open each discussion in a new tab, but sometimes I forget. It's especially bad when I'm looking at the hits for a search since using the back button makes it forget the search terms.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OlderThanRome

If you have a mouse wheel, clicking the link with that should do the trick :) (probably depending on your browser and setup)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Update: I have discovered myself adjusting and I don't mind that the discussion goes to my discussion stream since I'm starting to prefer using it more often than not. :D

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fer84

Great update! Just If you mix too many languages the order gets strange :)

I'd like to have my (love)DL topics all together in the beginning, then all the trouble shootings and the languages, preferably the two French courses next to each other.

Imgur http://i.imgur.com/74rfTYU.jpg

On the other hand, the list is not yet too long - it's great to have it! Customisable ordering would just be the extra sugar. ;)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Yes, no control on order (for the moment? ;)).

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

That's a great change! Only an RSS feed of all discussions I subscribed to could top it. But I guess that'd be a bit too much to ask for :) So thanks a lot!

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Wow, this is really great. Now I won't have to type "https://www.duolingo.com/topic/217" (and some other links) a million times! One of the best changes so far, great job.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

Very nice! And now I can trawl the German forums easily! Thank you so much! :-D

(But why remove the most popular? Just no point in having them or something?)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bchan

Top All Time is a bit of an unfair sort for the merged view because they will forever be been flooded by relatively old posts from the main Duolingo forum.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

I agree. I never use it, but I was just wondering what happened to it. I'm already loving the new discussion view! :-)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/karint
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"Top All Time" is still there on each subforum:)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

I just found it. Thanks! :-)

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

This is great! Now I see things that I only want to see.

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s

Cool :D thanks guys you're the best!

February 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/itastudent

That's really great... :)

Just a suggestion. I don't find very intuitive the hearth as a symbol of the general discussion forum. I would use something different for that forum, maybe a picture of Duo, our funny owl. :)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Georgiana_

I cant believe how addictive Duolingo can be and sometimes even enjoyable!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/flandybandy

This is really great! This should make the language forums a lot more visible.

I have always felt that people were giving false advises, when they asked people to move a question from the main forum to a language forum to get better answers, since I would guess that most people that reads the language forums also reads the main forum, and therefore -- from the posters point of view -- the main forum was indeed the best place to post.

But now the disadvantages of posting a language specific question in the language forums are gone, so hopefully I will stop seeing posts written entirely in Spanish in my stream :)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Wonderful idea!

Edit: Still sure it's wonderful, but not quite sure I want to learn/figure out how to use all its features. The old system seemed more intuitive. Could someone make a screencast video showing off all the ways to use this new stream? And post a link to it? Would help!

Edit 2: Also I would prefer the stream as an addition to the old view. And more than that, as another user mentioned, a stream for individual discussions I am following, as well as all sentence discussions I am following in any course. Thanks!

Edit 3: Finally figured out how just to see "Duolingo discussions." So that takes of the first request under Edit 2.

Leaving these requests: 1) demonstration video, 2) stream of individual discussions i follow, including or separately the sentence discussions from language courses.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Goim

No more unnerving switching =D

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ApoloRosales

Thank you very much this was long needed, not it's easier to get back to the latest updates on Duo, and all those new ideas coming out of users like us :) cheers!!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian

I'm also found out there is no more POPULAR ALL TIME tab

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi seelian,

That tab still exists, but it is called Top All Time. See my instructions near the top of this post for how to get the tab to appear. :)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian

Ya, found out that, but now curious about what's the different of Discussion Stream & Duolingo Stream.

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

There is...
For each forum.
Not for the "DISCUSSION STREAM" view.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

I noticed....awesome

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PuntoH

Thank you guys !!! This is very useful.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Georgiana_

I can't believe how addictive and fun Duolingo can be!

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mantriel

Is there a way to subscribe to the general duolingo forum? https://www.duolingo.com/topic/1 ?

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fer84

You have to switch to any course English->xxx ( I know English I want to learn) then you can select the English general discussion. When you switch back to your original course it is persistent.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mantriel

Oh, thank you. I didn't notice that the English forum is the same. :o)

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dwduo

If it ain't broke...

Well, I can't say I'm a fan of having to see all subs content dumped on me at the same time, as it just gives me more to comb through, however I can just click the group on the side to filter on that. And then again after going back to discussion. Maybe I'm missing something. Will mess around with it more but it appears to me now we have to view everything by default rather than starting in Duo and branching out from there. I prefer the original method; in one view at least, this isn't intuitive or click friendly.

Edit: I haven't found any other method to view other forums than to sub and then unsub to leave. So we've gone from:

"click Italian and read"

to

"click edit subs, add sub to Italian, read, then to leave Italian and not have it in my forum feeds anymore, un-sub from Italian".

Very clumsy.

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Limitd

Agreed, I get the concept of being able to tailor it but I liked being able to just stick with the general discussion and then check out my specific language's forums when I felt like it.

Oh well, maybe it will help them get moving a bit quicker and make them more interesting, in the meanwhile I'll continue subscribing/un-subscribing as I go.

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

This update has made quite a noticeable difference in visibility for posts made within the language specific areas. Last week, before the change, I posted the first version my Duolingo German Vocabluary list in the German forum. Last night, I posted an update to the list. In about 18 hours, the update has gotten 8 times the number of downloads as the original did in the first 2 days combined. The post itself has also gotten a much more responses and upvotes than the original did in a much shorter period of time.

That's a good thing for community participation in the language-specific subforums. Nice job, DuoPeople!

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/D_O_M_O

i love this new update! :D

February 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabelolivetti

cool!

February 28, 2014
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