https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

No Activity button

EDIT [20-04-2017]: All Activity Streams are turned off for everyone and will not work again.

Read the official announcement here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22226909

A short quote:

... today we needed to remove Activity Streams from the Duolingo experience.

Below is my original post written three months prior to this event:

All of a sudden the Activity button has disappeared for me. What could have happened? I appreciate any answers

January 17, 2017

189 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Hi all,

I had feedback from Staff about Activity tab in the top blue menubar missing and "Sentences" tab in courses' forums missing.

They said that due to stability issue with the website(*), they decided to temporarily disable those tabs to ensure stability of the whole website. and that they are doing their best to bring them back without compromising site performance.

So we'll (again) just have to be patient. ;)

  • UPDATE[17/01/2017 21h30UTC]:
    • See Duo's official communication about this issue here.
  • UPDATE[19/01/2017 20h50UTC]:
    • Immersion's disappearance is not due to the same reason(*): Duolingo stopped definitely Immersion, see here the official announcement.
    • (*) up to now, the disappearance of Immersion — for very few users that had it — hasn't been announced to not be a "temporary disappearance made to alleviate servers"
  • UPDATE[20/01/2017 23h30UTC]:
    • Activity tab is back
    • Streams are back. However,
      • events of the last ≈18hours are missing
      • new events on the stream will disappear after a refresh
  • UPDATE[20/01/2017 00h30UTC]:
    • Streams fully back. Waiting now for datas of forums' "Sentences" tab to be put back too.
  • UPDATE[23/01/2017 14h30UTC]:
    • Seems that the "leave a message" button/field on streams isn't working for anyone since 22/01/2017 12h00UTC (noon)
    • "Sentences" tab on courses' forum still not back.
  • UPDATE[23/01/2017 22h20UTC]:
    • "leave a message" button/field on streams is working again
  • UPDATE[23/01/2017 23h23UTC]:
    • "Sentences" tab on courses' forum are back.
  • UPDATE[24/01/2017 01h30UTC]:
    • "Sentences" tab on courses' forum disappeared again.
  • UPDATE[06/03/2017 23h50UTC]:
    • "Sentences" tab on courses' forum are back.

(*) Stability issues started on Jan. 10th as you can see here.
Note: this link is just here as a reference about when this sequence of "stability issues" started. It is not here as a reference about what has been solved when neither about what was solved but is down again etc. ;)
See also this comment where Luis explained 6 days ago that they disabled (for ≈24h) some features in order to alleviate load on their servers: they did the same today.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorSommers14

I am glad that it is just temporary! Thank you for informing me.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

.

Cheers

More time for my Doughnuts

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/michouxe

Jack, I want Activity, not Doughnuts, Greetings Mich.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Briton296

Hahaha funny (:

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

hear hear!

March 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

I can't even open a lesson at this point. It sends me back to the Home page. Disabling lessons would seem like the last resort.

UPDATE: Can't do lessons on the website and can do them on the phone app. It seems they are prioritizing the app over the site :(

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

UPDATE: [...]

Maybe they have separate/distinct severs for the website and for the apps (maybe different for each app).

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JesusLivesInMe

Thank you jrikhal! I hope Duo fixes this soon. BTW, I'll delete my post on this subject

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

The UPDATE[17/01/2017 21h30]: says everything is now under control but it isn't, I have just lost immersion as well as my already missing and not yet returned activity. From my perspective it has got worse not better, is there a further problem other than server overload? Do you have any other information, or are you getting your updates in the same way as we are?

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

The UPDATE[17/01/2017 21h30]: says everything is now under control but it isn't

I read

Everything has been better for a few hours now

Which is not at all saying that they (consider that the risk of the servers going down is passed and thus that they) lifted the disabling of some features.
Just that it's going better, that there are improvements (on the "heavy traffic" handling, as I understand it), not that it is ended/over and even less that they put back all features.

The end of the update says

back to learning and reaching today's goals. ;)

which is, per se, doable without Activity tab.


Note: the bold word in the quote is my adding, not in the original message.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

Thanks Jrkhal, I interpreted the comment about "back to learning" etc as meaning they had solved the problem but you're right, activity is not essential for the lessons component, my mistake. :-)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gez70

Immersion is still missing. Big shame as it was well worth doing and is a big help with the learning

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Immersion is not "still missing" in the sense that it might come back.

Immersion is gone and will stay gone.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

See the top comment in this discussion or the answer to Juelke's comment: Immersion isn't "missing", it has been (definitively) retired by Duolingo.

February 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

Hi jrikhal, is it necessary to have moderator's privilege to get the comment_id as you do ?

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

jrikhal wrote:

For example in the links in mail notifications

OK, but it's not in that case I would need it. In my point of view it would be useful to point/bookmark especially informative comment in a long thread (as we can do on most forums written with phpBB ).

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

No, anyone can see them. For example in the links in mail notifications about a new comment: the link will have that information for the comment the mail notification is about.

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

@ PapyXM, I agree with you on the usefulness of it. I also wondered how some users did it. Now I have learnt how to do it with the messages in emails. Thank you for raising this question.

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

immersion is gone forever.

March 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Juelke

Hello everybody! I Switzerland we are saying: "He has a knot in the conductor". I hope, that it is not a "Gordian knot" and that ACTIVITY and IMMERSION will be back soon.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anitafunny3

Elias komm ins Memrise Forum!

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

Immersion is gone forever now.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

How are we supposed to contact a moderator, if there is no Activity stream?

Isn't this leaving some under-age users vulnerable, or are you on high alert?

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

How are we supposed to contact a moderator, if there is no Activity stream?

If it's about abuse in forums, you can use the equivalent other option of filling an "abuse report" to make aware of the abuse (part of) the moderators (that will be sent to part of the moderators -> to staff).
If it's not an abuse, mods aren't really critically needed.
If it's not on forums, then the report form (to staff) is always the first place to consider (forum moderators "duty" in on forums ;) ).

Isn't this leaving some under-age users vulnerable

There is no stream, so vulnerable to discussions in forums that any responsible user can spot (and then either intervene or fill an abuse report)?

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NaftaliFri1

Don't see sentences tab yet. Direct link to sentences page (/sent) not working either.

January 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I lost them (again) too...

January 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

When does it end? Did it start at 12:00 this morning, making it end at 12:00 tomorrow, or will it go later than that?

Thanks!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

When does it end?

You mean the issue(*)? Nobody knows.


(*) hence the disabling of some features

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast

Ah, ok. Thanks!

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42

Any idea if and when activity stream is expected back?

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Please read previous comments (before posting).
For instance the one just above yours:

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42

I did, but that was 2 days ago, bra. Il y a 2 jours already.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Yep, but since then the situation hasn't changed: the only info available is still the same, cf. the Support Pages article.
Situation/information available not changed (as you saw in the article linked), so no need to ask again...

If things change, the Support Pages will be the first place where staff will put their official announcement about it.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Then why didn't Luis make mention of it when he announced the "retirement" of Immersion. That post put Mr Popularity in the red. He could have said we are still working on activity yada yada..... but no. Not a mention. There hasn't been an update to the support page which last said:

Site Issues [Updated Jan 17] Jan 17, 2017 @17:11 EST:

Everything has been better for a few hours now, back to learning and reaching today's goals.

So, yeah, there is every reason to ask again and again .... ad nauseum until someone gives us regualr current updates.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

@ripcurlgirl

Then why didn't Luis make mention of it when he announced the "retirement" of Immersion.

Simply because his post was about Immersion, not Activity stream.

So, yeah, there is every reason to ask again and again .... ad nauseum until someone gives us regualr current updates.

Sorry, but I don't think that it's a way to obtain something. No offense but it sounds like a child reaction.

But, more importantly, by posting in discussions like that (=where there is no staff member who has participated), it's not asking to anyone who actually could have an answer (and/or speed up things): there is no staff member in this discussion.
So it's more than likely that staff will no see the repeated again and again ranting/question hence such repeated question will not induce that someone who can give a regular current updates will even be aware of the ad nauseum.
If you want to do something ad nauseum that is likely to end up in front of staff's eyes: make them on a discussion created by a staff member or one where a staff member commented at least once. You could also fill a report form: they arrive directly in staff's hands.


There hasn't been an update to the support page which last said:

Yes, saying that things were going "better". So trying to reassure everyone and inviting them to go back to want Duo is for: learning (Activity stream is a side part of Duo, not its core, so yes its better with Acftivity stream but the (most of) main purpose of Duolingo stay available while Activity is down for a few days/weeks). And it's not saying that all was back to normal nor that they stopped on working on fixing things. So I don't see where is the reason to ask since, in my reading at least, the last update about when things will be back to normal is

We are doing our best to bring them back as quickly as possible without compromising site performance.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Also, time spent reacting to "asking again and again" takes away from time that could have been spent on improving/restoring the feature.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

... or on getting rid of it :-)

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

i still don't have it.

March 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Please see answer/explanation already given here to the same question/remark by you.

March 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DerLutz48

thank you, How were you able to find this out?

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LingotKing

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:( No more activity!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DenisBouch7

Thank you!

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/a507
  • 1751

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

You don't think what? That Activity tab and Sentences tab are deactivated temporarily while Immersion has been put down (forever)?


https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20364950

Yes, that's a link I shared in the comment you answered to: what about it?

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/a507
  • 1751

I think that the message is clear, immersion is closed (forever if do not change idea), and therefore whole Duo has lost every interest. Sorry for my scholastic english. Bye

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DerLutz48

Yeah! THANK YOU for keeping everyone posted. I really appreciate it! :)

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

jrikhal wrote: (*) Stability issues started on Jan. 10th as you can see here.


Hi jrikhal. The thread you reference to was removed. Does it mean it's supposed to be solved now? Since mid december 2016 when I registered, I have never seen this Activity tab on my Web profile, nor on the Android app neither.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

The thread you reference to was removed. Does it mean it's supposed to be solved now?

Unfortunately, not necessarily. It just means that staff decided to remove their article... nothing more.


Since [...] I registered, I have never seen this Activity tab

This very likely indicates that it's not a bug but likely "just" that:

  1. staff runs an A/B test on Activity stream
  2. you've been (randomly) selected, like half the users, to be in the group of users that don't have Activity for the period of time said A/B test will be run.
March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

Yes, bad luck;-)

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

There are interesting talks about it: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21181577

Reading it I just hope that Activity will always remain a part of this website, but with Immersion being retired and Sentences still absent I am not sure what exactly is in store for both new and old accounts.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

"Sentence" forum's view is back (at least for me).

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Could you please show a partial screenshot, I'm not sure of what you are talking about.

@PapyXM, probably because you didn't notice it was missing (maybe you started on Duo after it went missing?), so probably nothing to worry about. ;)
But here a screenshot:

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

I am sure that it did not work just yesterday, but it does indeed work now. Good news :-)

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

jrikhal wrote: "Sentence" forum's view is back (at least for me).

Could you please show a partial screenshot, I'm not sure of what you are talking about.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

jrikhal wrote: here a screenshot:!

Thanks a lot. Here is mine of the Web GUI (in Spanish too for a better, but I'm not a Mod ;-) )

Discussion

March 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Here is mine of the Web GUI (in Spanish too for a better, but I'm not a Mod ;-) )

@PapyXM, yes and this is the normal list of tabs for the forum's view you were looking at(*) when you took the screenshot. It is also the list of tabs you'll have when you're looking at a "General" forum of any language(**) or at the "Troubleshooting" forum of any language.
Please enter a COURSE' forum and you'll see the tabs you're suppose to see under a "course' forum view" which is where having a "sentences" tab makes sense: sentences belong to a course. ;)

(*) namely the "general" view, the default view when clicking on the "Forum/Foro" link in the top blue bar: https://www.duolingo.com/topic/subscriptions/new or https://www.duolingo.com/discussion
(**) Note: "language", not "course", here.

March 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Wyendot

I think that it will probably be "retired" just like immersion. For ages the staff were saying that immersion was only down temporarily but then retired it without notice after the longest A/B test in history culminating in stopping it for new accounts. We now see that being repeated, because it seems to be the newest accounts that have no activity button.

I would bet that activity goes the same way as immersion, whilst Duo waste money sending out spam emails like the one I got today trying to get me to join one of the pointless clubs.

This site is rapidly becoming boring and unworkable, so free or not I think I may very soon be retiring from Duo before it gets any worse.

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Olja.
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sending out spam emails like the one I got today trying to get me to join one of the pointless clubs.

Same here :(

clubs

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Wyendot

@Olja yes, that's exactly the same email. I don't know about you but immersion, activity and sentence discussions are all more worthwhile in my opinion than clubs that are nothing of the sort.

I don't think they want either serious learners or social interaction of any sort, yet talking to each other is part of the learning process.

Still, we can always use pre-prepared sentences to talk to a computer bot instead of real people in our own words, at least, we can if we have iOs. Won't that be jolly (not) :-(

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM

Wyendot wrote:Duo waste money sending out spam emails----You know, you can opt out those emails in your settings.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Wyendot

@PapyXM you can only opt out of the spam emails if you opt out of other emails at the same time and I don't want to do that and nor should I have to. Spam is spam wherever it comes from.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

It's like that for everyone.

Would you please edit your post and change the topic from "Duolingo" to "Troubleshooting"? I want to point folks to this one (so we're not overrun with a zillion of the same one) but it needs to be in the correct forum.

Thanks!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

Done. Let it be in Troubleshooting

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

Except it is not down for everyone. Which is kind of confusing.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

That is confusing. Mine flickered in and out but now it's down hard. Guess I'll strengthen some skills :)

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

My activity button on the menu bar is missing but immersion is still there (and works). Also, as you would expect, my stream shows no activity either.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Kids in bed. :) The activity button is back for me, but it was gone earlier.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Can you see my stream?

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Yes, I can still see your stream.

Edit: Oddly enough I don't have an activity button for French learning Spanish, but I do for English learning French. Weird.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

This sucks as I can't see mine or anyone's !! No wonder I have been spending less time here and this is worse than losing immersion as my friends are even more important and now I can't talk to them. Some anniversary gift - thanks Luis!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

I'm as blind as you are now. Guess I'll read or dabble on Babbel for a bit...Bedtime soon for me anyway.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Moi aussi !

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm-

Babbel does not even have a forum anymore

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

Well two hours later and my Activity finally disappeared. I still have Immersion.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

Thank you for your input!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveBoss

No worries. Immersion is down too. In recent weeks there have been several outages like this. DuoLingo is growing faster than its servers can keep up with.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

Thank you! I hope so!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

Ditto, no activity tab and no activity streams not even on my profile page, this started today (17th January) at about 1500 GMT. Currently, I can still open lessons and discussions but nothing else.

I fully understand Duo needs to prioritise in order to keep the servers running but I do hope they are able to sort out the problems fairly soon as it must be very stressful for the staff as well as the users.

Fingers crossed for a successful outcome.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/elle_pech

Thanks.... wondering the same. : Activity is just gone for me. Great to know that's it's at least a glitch and will come back pretty soon.

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

You're welcome!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

"Duolingo is experiencing some behavior issues due to heavy traffic." Meh!

Let's assume we can take this at face value, i.e:

1) There isn't some DoS (Denial of Service) attack underway. Unlikely, as removing features isn't going to make responses better, unless the DoS is invasive and targeting specific functions. That is also unlikely, since people who launch these attacks are basically lazy, and probably can't be bothered to learn a language to prepare an attack :-). Even it that is the case, read on .... .

2) There isn't some hardware or software issue that is compromising performance. And why wouldn't they say so?

So, heavy traffic, eh?

Well, no surprises there! It really is time that the Owl took on board the fact that you cannot manage a worldwide "open house" computer system with millions of users for long ... .

a) You need users to register.

b) You need users to authenticate themselves to sign on.

c) You need to time out users after a period of inactivity - say 2 hours.

By putting in these controls, you can prevent additional users from signing on when the system is under stress. That way at least, the users who are already logged on are not suffering degraded performance at the expense of additional users piling in.

You cannot provide any level of assured service and response with Duolingo's "free-for-all" user model (and I'm not using free in the sense of money here).

Starting to rip out functionality is a last resort, not the first. Wake up to the real world of computer systems, Owl! You cannot change the laws of physics.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Starting to rip out functionality is a last resort, not the first.

As a (very) temporary first resort, it can be, IMO: just to reduce the #requests made to servers for few hours. But it makes sense (to me, at least) only if:

  1. you use those few hours to finally put into place some real "long-term fixing" solutions (like the ones you mentioned, at least a) & b)).
  2. the overload of the servers is not "too high above" the limit the servers can absorb. Otherwise, ripping few features will probably not be enough to alleviate enough the servers for those few hours (cf. the website finally going down totally for few minutes yesterday, despite all those features already disabled).

As a first resort for more than few hours (let say few dozens to be large), it indeed looks to me like a strange (to not say more) idea...

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

Bonjour, jrijhal. I'm guessing you are not a native English speaker?

To me, "last resort" means something you are forced to do because you have no better options. And I agree with you, as a temporary measure, it may not be the last resort even.

However, I don't see Duo implementing a) overnight.

b) already exists. Everyone has a username and password. There is just nothing to stop users creating more and more spam accounts. I have 3 (not for spamming, but so I can redo activities at different levels).

c) could be implemented quite quickly. At the moment, I can remain signed on for months at a time. When I open my browser, I am just returned to where I left off. Seems wrong, from a technical, system design point of view, if you want to manage your systems and services properly.

Still, who are we to complain? I don't pay for the service. I do feel sorry for the mods like you, however, who give your time for nothing, but don't have the easiest job.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PauletteVdb

Thank you for the information, I hope the server can be reworked so that the texts and activities can be used again.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/michouxe

Paulette, I hope so too! Greetings Mich.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LuukvanMarwijk

Op deze plek zijn een aantal bekende mensen van onze groep terug te vinden Paulette: (Here you can find a few well known Dutch people) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20339005

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

I hope they can bring the activity stream back soon

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer
April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/die_pieperin

unfortunately, the Link does not work ... :-(

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

Strange. It does when I open it. You can find this thread in Discussions among the popular ones too: "Activity Stream Announcement" by Luis

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Could you try opening it again after having switch interface (=change the language you're leaning from)?

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/die_pieperin

Thank you - that worked :-) (though I am not happy about the content ... I miss the activity stream and hope for an equivalent solution)

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

that worked :-)

Great! ;)


In order to be able to fill with examples a bug report I'm planning to write to staff about those "some discussions don't open when under a specific interface", may I ask if you could share with me here:

  1. with which interface you can open it?
  2. with which interface you cannot open it?
  3. when under the interface with which it doesn't open, could you
    1. open the console of your browser
    2. click on the link
    3. copy the error messages appearing in the console
    4. paste them here
April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/die_pieperin

Now it works from both interfaces, german and english, and I do not remember, which one caused the error. But the link was directed to this side: https://www.duolingo.com/errors/404.html

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

But the link was directed to this side: https://www.duolingo.com/errors/404.html

Yes, it's the standard "404 error" redirection hence doesn't give information on the specific bug.
Well, don't worry, I'll find other persons facing similar bug in order to fill my bug report.

April 19, 2017

[deactivated user]

    Muchas gracias por la informacion!

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/francesrainbow

    19/01/17 8am (GMT) I'm still having this issue - no comment / question option - on the android phone app. Thanks to Duolingo for looking into the issue and just in general for providing such a great service!

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/NaftaliFri1

    I miss the sentences tab in discussion more than anything else

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42

    Still no activity. What's up with that?

    January 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
    January 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    i need advice. my activity button is still missing! who should i ask about this? i keep seeing other people saying that their activity is back, why is mine still missing????

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Did you have it 3 weeks ago?

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    i only started on Duolingo last week, but i know it was there when i started

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    i only started on Duolingo last week, but i know it was there when i started

    Strange, nobody had it last week: Duolingo had disabled it for everyone.

    In any case,

    i need advice.

    as Zeitschleifer said, the advice is still the same: fill a bug report form. Only staff can solve your issue and filling a bug report form is the only way to let them know about your issue.

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    I did submit a bug report. And how do you add a screenshot to something?

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    And how do you add a screenshot to something?

    See the form, it's explained there.

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    I forgot to take a look at your streak! LOL 11 days with or without streak freezes definitely mean that you have joined this website before my activity disappeared! :-)

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    He could have started it one day before it all happened. This thread is six days old at the moment while his stream begins one week ago (his stream also contains events that happened six days ago, five days ago and so on)

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    I have gotten 2 streak freezes since i started

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    In his previous reply jrikhal gave you a useful link to a page where you can Submit a Bug Report. But don't forget to add a screenshot of what you think is wrong.

    Is it the button in the blue bar that is missing?

    By the way, what do you use? I use the website and it is really back for me.

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    Yes, it is the button in the blue bar that is missing. I use the website. I know that many people have it back because my friend iToochplayer posted on my stream, but i only saw it because i get notifications via email when someone posts on a discussion i am following or someone posts on my stream

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Can you see your own stream?

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    No, i can't

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alexei_Mishkin

    Same here! (Italian from English)

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    Hope they fix it soon!!

    January 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/belsazar0

    Duolingo will finish because don't bear the lobby of the languages courses. This club don't help in nothing, but the immersion that help a lot they finished.

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/LoveRealMusic25

    I got my activity button back! well for now anyway

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    At this point I hope we all did. Now waiting for Sentences

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/NaftaliFri1

    Indeed. BTW, what is the activity button?

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    The blue bar at the top of the page the way I can see it now consists of clickable words "duolingo", "Home", "Activity" and "Discussion" (from left to right)

    January 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/nilanjana_25

    Yeah i can see the activity tab now. And yes now waiting for the comment section .

    January 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/NaftaliFri1

    What is it used for? Apparently many people find it important. I've never visited there...

    January 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    When you open your profile you see your own activity stream. When you click on Activity you get to see yours and those of the friends you follow combined.

    The combination of not working stream in my profile and the absence of the very word Activity in the bar told me that neither of the streams was supposed to work.

    January 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    i STILL don't have my activity button back!!!!! I know that some people do, why is mine still missing? Can someone from duolingo get back with me?

    January 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    It is very surprising! Everyone I know can use activity the way it was before. But if it still doesn't work for you, it's time to contact a moderator indeed

    January 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    How do i contact a moderator?

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Forum moderators can't do anything about bugs, you'll have to fill a Bug report form which goes directly to staff who are the only one who can look into bugs.

    Note that for now around 24hours it seems that the "leave a message" on streams doesn't work (but the streams are displayed).

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/rmorchoe

    Is the translation feature ever coming back?

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

    No they removed it from the site permanently.

    You can read more about it here

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/rmorchoe

    That is sad. Is anything going to take its place?

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

    Hopefully! I'm not sure, though.

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/rmorchoe

    Thanks Michael.

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/GriffinJ13

    I STILL DON'T HAVE MINE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/ECS9JD

    You need to report the issue and calm down.

    February 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Make a screenshot and report the fact again. It is the best anyone can do. And since we cannot see what you see, we cannot report it for you. Even though numbers do matter sometimes.

    Success!

    February 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

    this is happening to me too. i'm pissed.

    March 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    How old is your account? Since that major event it looks like such complaints come more often from the users with relatively new accounts

    March 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    To complete Zeitschleifer's comment:

    "Since that major event it looks like such complaints come more often from the users with relatively new accounts" in which case this is likely not due to a bug at all but just that the account is (among the two groups of the Activity feature's A/B test) in the group without Activity.

    March 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/yummiko

    i have the same issue

    March 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    If your account is relatively new, it is most likely not a bug, but a test or even the website's new policy which seems to begin with new accounts, but might eventually spread to them all. Despite of that I think that I would still report it as a bug in order to show my disagreement with having no Activity stream in an attempt to make them reconsider something.

    March 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Despite of that I think that I would still report it as a bug in order to show my disagreement with having no Activity stream in an attempt to make them reconsider something.

    I wouldn't do that:

    1. It'd fill their "bug report receiving" mailbox making even longer for them to read (other) reports about real bugs.
      So it'll participate to make it even longer for them to solve any bug.
    2. Duolingo bases its decision on statistics made on users' experience through A/B tests, not on users' expressed opinions — on how, in the facts, the users react in front of this or that change and not on what the user think about it nor about what is the best for them (which sometimes contradicts the facts ;).
      And they've shown in the past that they don't deviate from this approach: I can't remember one single decision that have been reversed because (some/various/many) users expressed their disagreement.
    March 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    It looks now like people with very fresh accounts can simply try to make a new one and continue making them until they get one with Activity and everything, because not all of the new accounts seem to end up in this test. At least so I read.

    March 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM_2

    Zeitschleifer wrote:

    It looks now like people with very fresh accounts can simply try to make a new one and continue making them until they get one with Activity

    You're right! Thanks for mentioning it.

    I created this secondary profile and got the Activity tab I never had on my main profile PapyXM. It took me only 2 attempts to get a featured one, the first one didn't so I removed it.

    March 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    You're welcome! :-) I'm glad I could help.

    March 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Juelke

    2017-04-19: No Activity!

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Der-Michael

    It's been removed, The CEO made a post about it. Click here

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    For everyone. Ever.

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/PapyXM_2

    Currently, it seems that the Activity tab remains but shows no history ("You are alone"). We are still able to privately address each other, and this feature would not be available without the activity tab.

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    So far it is still possible to post on each others streams for those who were able to do so before. I tried to cover it in the announcement by Luis. Take a look at this conversation for example: https://www.duolingo.com/event/9780292000

    P. S. I believe that they will remove it all eventually.

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    for those who were able to do so before

    Except, among those, for those that have been already switched to the new version of the website, cf. this karint's comment.

    P. S. I believe that they will remove it all eventually.

    Apparently, yes, with the new webversion that they're deploying little by little to all users. Cf. same karint's comment.

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    I thought that my statement covered it. I meant those who were able to post in activity streams right before they switched the streams off yesterday. Old accounts.

    April 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/mikki866847

    Thank you for sharing the latest information. My search brought up your info first. Darn, though, this is my 100th Duolingo day (both as a Streak and all time) and I achieved a new level and tested out of a couple skills and I was looking forward to admiring my Activity list!

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    You are welcome. I am glad to know it was useful. Yes, I feel the same about such achievements not being visible in the stream. I completed a new skill today...

    Congratulations with your 100 days! :-)

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Olja.
    • 1377

    Congratulations on your 222 ;) May your streak continue :)

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Thank you very much! ;-D

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    I'm very glad that you have noticed it so quickly ;-)

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/tydalamb

    My Activity bar is flickering on and off...I've been reloading every 5 mins or so, and it's been here and not.

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Thank you!

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/simonipatel14

    This happened to me too.

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Thank you for letting me know! I felt helpless at first

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Karatefan

    My activity button is gone, too. :(

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SeragHasouna

    When I entered the URL https://www.duolingo.com/activity_stream it automatically redirected me to this URL https://www.duolingo.com/errors/404.html .

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz

    It happened to me as well :(

    Duolingo is being extremely slow as well, now.

    Wish I could've donated some money to help Duolingo...

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorSommers14

    I do too, Duolingo for me is kinda acting a little wacky. I hope it will be fixed soon!!

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161

    And to me. No activity streams at all. Just hope it will let me do lessons tomorrow.

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/LoveRealMusic25

    it happened for me too! I cant see anything anyone says anymore or respond to ppl!

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Neither can I. Thank you for your reaction!

    January 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/ECS9JD

    I can respond, but none of my followers or my own pages are loading. I am also unable to view the activity button, as mentioned earlier in the post.

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/espofleet

    I think there is a problem with the program. Sometimes I try to write the answer And the words do not appear.

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DerLutz48

    Well, at this point, I think it would be helpful for everyone to remember that duolingo is providing a FREE service after all, and whatever there is now is more than what there was before they came into being. I have come to the point where I'm ready to start paying for this service because I value learning foreign languages more than I ever have before and I can thank duolingo for that!

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

    It would also be helpful to remember Duolingo's original business model, before you get all teary-eyed and altruistic with us. If you weren't around at the time:

    1) Duolingo would provide courses to learn a foreign language (for free). As it happens, these were mostly written and developed by unpaid volunteers, who put in enormous amounts of effort to develop the courses, as did the beta testers to iron out the glitches.

    2) In return, Duolingo would offer a (paid for) translation service to businesses.

    3) Translations would be carried out by the eponymous learners mentioned in 1) above, using a crowd-sourcing model similar to Immersion.

    4) In what was left of our spare time, we would help to translate the web for the benefit of all mankind.

    At no point was there any question of money changing hands between learners and Duolingo.

    Clearly, either the business model (2) was simply unviable, or the technology (3), plus the lack of any controls over who was allowed to mess with the translations, did not deliver the required quality to make it work.

    Whilst the Owl is of course free to re-purpose Duolingo to make it financially viable again, paid-for access by the early adopters, or inflicting advertising on them, is not compatible with those initial lofty aims.

    And most thanks should go to those unpaid course developers and moderators for providing what is, at least until now, a free service.

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    One small detail about how it was at that time on the volunteers/incubator side:

    As it happens, these were mostly written [...] by unpaid volunteers

    Duolingo put down its Immersion-related business model around Feb. 2014 (all courses with Immersion entered their beta phase before (or during) that month and the first course not having Immersion entered beta on that month too).

    At that time, volunteers were unfortunately unable to "write"(*) the course in the sense they inherited from staff-created course(**) and couldn't edit the content: the order of skills, the list of lexemes taught, the sentences available in the database, etc.
    They could "only" choose which 3+ sentences (in the target language) among the ones already available in the database they wanted to include in the course: if the staff's original 6 courses had only three sentences for a given lexeme, then unpaid volunteers had to include that 3 sentences, even if some were unadapted or even wrong.

    (*) About writing "Tips and Notes", I think volunteers have started to be able to write/edit them during 2014 too. But I don't remember well. They staff's courses had them already in 2013 but I think they couldn't be edited from within the Incubator and that non-staff's course couldn't have Tips and Notes.
    (**) for example, if you worked on FR for ES speakers, you'd have the tree from FR for EN speakers, for example

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SussexSoleil

    Yes, I seem to remember that too, although it was at least 4 years ago that I started using Duolingo in French.

    And the courses may have been initially set up by staff, but a lot of the original sentences were lifted straight off the Internet. In beta testing, I would come across some howler of a stock phrase or translation, Google it, and as often as not, would find the original context of the phrase in all its glory.

    «Nous sommes venus dans les cris» is still my favourite, showing just how random the process was, unless Duo's paid for services were to have a darker side to it. Happy days!

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    but a lot of the original sentences were lifted straight off the Internet

    Yep, either by staff until mid-late 2014 or by volunteers after that.

    January 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/melodysuni11

    i have a friend that lives 3hrs away and it wont even let me chat with her and she cant chat with me either. it is crazy i hope that they fix this soon duolingo before they took it away though was a disaster it told me Melody Suni you are all alone add some friends to chat. has any one else had that problem?

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    I felt helpless in the beginning when the button disappeared right before my eyes. Simply not working stream would more obviously mean temporary technical problems, but its absence in the bar meant that it was not supposed to work. This is why some people even get a feeling that they are being punished for doing something wrong.

    Neither can I contact anyone for whom I have no alternative ways of communication.

    Maybe try to find your friend somewhere in these forums. Or if you two follow each other, she still can read short text in your profile.

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/melodysuni11

    thanks for the suggestion!!! (-:

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/nilanjana_25

    The activity tab is down! And so is the comment section under every question. I'm unable to comment or see others comments.

    I know DL people are working hard to fix it. Well hope everything will be back to normal soon!!

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeitschleifer

    Thank you for your comment

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/ECS9JD

    Yeah, and I can't even do lessons/reviews.

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/IkiRicc.

    Hi!...all the work of English, Spanish, Italian,French,German and Portuguese of my son ...8years....is gone....! Please he is desperate...! Help!!

    January 15, 2018
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