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New option in "Report Article" needed: Article is in the wrong language

Puddleglum
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I found an article today while browsing in the German Immersion section. It was about a German band, but it was entirely in English except for their song names. The Duobot had obviously seen that the song names were in German and uploaded it. Though the article is in English, users can still get points from "translating" it (some high level users have even participated in this. In gaming terms, this would be called "exploiting" or even "cheating").

This is why I suggest a new option in the report function. Currently, you are only able to report it based on a copyright violation or for inappropriate content. We now need an option to report it for the Wrong Language. We might start seeing even more articles containing multiple languages (think about Spanish speakers learning German section translating a German article and leaving the song names in German, then the article is uploaded to the German Immersion section because it contains German).

This is the first time that I've noticed this problem, but I'm sure it could have happened before. Comment your thoughts. :-)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

hey there! Can you share the link to the article so that we can remove it from the incorrect section? :) Thanks! We're going to work on this!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
Puddleglum
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Sorry! Forgot to include it! Editing it now.

EDIT: I remember the article was called: BOAT.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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It has happened to me before. I currently have two articles on my blog that are written in English language but have a few words in Spanish. It throws the language filters out of kilter and I still haven't been able to upload them to the Spanish section. One of them even freezes the website when I try to upload it. They originally told me that they'd have the problem fixed in time for me to translate them by the end of February, but it looks like it's taking longer than they expected.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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They could add another option, but from my perspective it still falls under "inappropriate content". Though it is not offensive in nature, it is still abusing the system.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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For goodness' sake people, how is it abusing the system? It's a technical fault that needs to be fixed, that's all. You don't get offered the choice to set an article up to translate into its own language. It is identified automatically and you then get the option/s.

Puddleglum, half the articles that get uploaded have something of either the target language for translation or another language in them. That's real life. You just have to negotiate it so that the translation makes sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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It may not be abuse to upload the article. But it is abuse "translating" English into English merely for points. If the users noticed it they should have reported it and left it alone. If the uploader noticed it, then the uploader should have deleted it or reported it as a bug.

We're presumably here to learn not translate an l1 into an L1.

4 years ago