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"This discussion is locked": new feature?

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Hello,

I just came across something I've never seen before:

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Is it new or does it just not happen often? btw, does a mod know why a discussion is locked and how?

Cheers

4 years ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hi there! Discussions are only locked when they are complete. For example, we've designed this specifically for sentence discussions, so that clutter doesn't take over and the community can see and understand why a sentence is translated the way it is. Can you share the link to this thread? It seems to me that it might have been locked in error. The idea is not to deny everyone from posting at all. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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How do you know if there isn't some other obscure question that hasn't been asked yet?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
0liwia
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Well, that one has been unlocked (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2047905), but here are other ones: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2045519 ; https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2057699 I guess one of the Spanish mods got a bit excited by the new feature :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui
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Actually, the Spanish forums get always floded by spamy post like "Hi, I like Duolingo" or just "add me". In the English forums, they usually get downvoted or removed, but that's not the case in the Spanish forums, they fill it with "hi" comments and so on. Nice to see that Spanish mods are finally locking them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
0liwia
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Yeah but why not just remove them if they are useless?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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In the German for English speakers course, this happened mostly in the very first couple of lessons, some of which are locked now. Literally everything of interest had been discussed ad nauseam and new comments were exclusively spam. I think this is a useful feature, but it should be used with caution.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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I thought of those. Sentences like "Der Hund" can only cause so many problems. Every once in a while though, someone thinks up something new (and legitimate) to ask. Maybe when a mod locks a discussion they could leave a note, like what I suggested below to wataya?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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@christian I'll dabble with it for early lesson then. I'll remain wary about it though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
christian
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Yep, that's good idea. On the other hand, all these sentences have been around for a very long time and everything needed to complete the lesson should have been discussed by now. Any obscure questions can be asked at a later time when a similar sentence pops up. In the early lessons, the priority should be to keep it simple and relevant.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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Shouldn't be more pedagogic to imaginate a system to "warn" users? Because, first, it's always the same who spam, second, some lessons are flooded but there are still some interesting questions to ask. I suggest a "downvoters" brigade to help keeping the forums clean.

There's a warning "no clutter please" (that is not very meaningfull, since there's more spam than people who complain about a technical problem, and it's even useful to have at least a message on the forum about a possible technical problem, not a full spamming wagon, of course)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Unlocked.
As a mod, I'm unsure as to the usefulness of the feature. I'm sure there is one, but I haven't come across it yet. As our Swiss friend pointed out, there are always unexpected questions in sentence discussions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Yep, I agree. I'm also wondering what to do with it for quite some time now :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I think mods do that, denying everyone from posting.

4 years ago