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

Is there a place to make suggestions to the DuoLingo engine?

I am just about finished French through DuoLingo -- I've been working on this for over a year. It has been an exceptional experience!

Notwithstanding, I have some suggestions. Is there a forum to submit suggestions to DuoLingo? or is this it?

For example...when I get a translation wrong, I would like an option to repeat a question (until I get it right). I'm not fussed if DuoLingo doesn't give me credit for it -- but it would be great to go back and go back until I get an answer right.

Related, it would be good to mark a question, and then to be able to go back and repeat my marked questions until I understand them.

Thanks.

April 5, 2017

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

Yes, it's the very needed feature! Duolingo is too messy ! I hate the way the site is organized. Impossible to find messages, and threads. Lost a lot of informations and interesting stuff, and got silly stuff in the activity flow instead. Upvoted your question.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brodie.Riley

oh thank god

April 5, 2017

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

I think I have something like your first suggestion allready. On my iOS app, if I get a question wrong, the question is repeated (in the same form or a different form) until I get it correct. I don't know if this is also on the web site though.

April 5, 2017

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

It usually is when you are learning a lesson, but not strengthening skills.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Interesting. That happens for me in lessons on the website, although not in Strengthen Skills. It's not apparent to me that it happens routinely on iOS, though.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

The honest answer to this seems to be 'no'. While lots of suggestions are MADE, it it far from clear that any of them are every IMPLEMENTED.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Several suggestions have been implemented, but, often not for a year or so after being made. The current cash for returned streak for ioS was a hugely popular suggestion, so Duolingo is testing it out, along with payment opt outs for advertisements. The grey background for the website is another suggestion that made it to implementation. (The previous color was hard on light sensitive eyes.) I believe Tiny Cars was as well. Whenever a person reaches their goal and a green check mark appears next to the flame, also a suggestion that came from the forums. I am trying to think of some others, but, these are the ones that quickly came to mind. We also have some moderator tools that started out as suggestions.

There are also suggestions that didn't survive test groups. I imagine many more of those than the ones that survive it.

Oh, also several things in Immersion came from suggestions before Immersion became too costly to sustain.

So, it is not without hope.

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

But in need of better customer relations. Where's the 'suggestion box'? Where are the "We're taking your suggestion under advisement" responses? Where's the press release accompanying software releases promoting how user suggestions were included?

Instead what do we get, an article on Duolingo's founder which many Duolingo users interpret (correctly or not) as saying that Duolingo's policy is that users are to be ignored. (And don't get me started on the A/B testing stuff!)

Duolingo sometimes looks like a textbook case in marketing mistakes.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I agree, it would be nice to have clearer/more communication with staff.

Duolingo is a constantly innovating company. That is both a strength and in some ways a drawback. It has accomplished more than it ever expected to. It expected to top out at 100,000 users. Instead, it has gained over 150,000,000 users with no paid advertisement. It is doing things that other companies had not done before. And it is looking for more ways to constantly improve and move online language education forward. That means trying a lot of different things and seeing what works and what doesn't, and seeing what works and what works better.

April 6, 2017

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

Oh yes. It's really messy. I've made a threat 3 or 4 days ago. It's impossible to find it, even in my "followed" tab, even if I type words that are inside my discussion. The discussion is completely hidden. Until someone replies to it. I don't know how to do, I needed the answers...

The problems are:

  • Nowhere to make suggestions. No uservoice or dedicated forum. It really gives the impression Duolingo doesn't listen users. Interesting thread with suggestions or questions are always downvoted, so they become hidden.

I made several threads with grammar questions, hey it's what this site is for, and the thread were hidden because of downvotes. I guess it was downvotes from people who don't know how to answer my questions. And silly thread, are regularly upvoted. Questions thread are hidden and receive no answers. The forum becomes useless, except for childish chats if you can't ask question or ask for help concerning how the site work. It's impossible to ask such questions right now! It's really really a problem !!

  • If you get a lot of messages, as it is my case, you only see the last 5. So if you are not on Duolingo, you have no chance to see the messages from people who want to talk to you! The message system is useless as it is. I've never seen a site not having a proper message system. It's not so hard to do.

  • Problem with activity flow. You flood other people who just want to be friend with you if you have an intensive activity, and other people flood you. No way to choose what you are interested to see in the activity tab. So messy, and so harassing.

I love Duo, but I don't see any improvement in the site interface, it's rather worse and worse. Once, we were able to have more than 5 messages.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brodie.Riley

you agree thank GOD

April 5, 2017

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

This might help you:
When you finish a lesson, in the bottom left corner there should be a gray button that says Review Lesson and you can see all the questions you did there with the correct answers.

April 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

Not every user has that feature.

April 6, 2017

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

Really? I don't think so. I saw a post about that a few weeks ago and everyone who commented said they found it useful (or had at least found it). No one said that it wasn't there for them

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brodie.Riley

it repeats me to but I think they follow discussion so they might just see your post!

April 26, 2017
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