Getting answers to your Esperanto questions
I just saw the announcement that Activity Stream has been removed. "Something better" is coming ... "later."
When I came to this board in 2015 (September, or so) there were countless questions waiting for answers. Some had waited for months. I've spent a lot of time looking for new questions and answering them as best as I can -- and I've refined my techniques for finding new posts on this clunky interface. I am hopeful that whatever the boards are replaced with, they will be better.
But in the meanwhile, one thing I often did is when I saw a new question, I looked at the activity of the person who was asking it. Quite often it turned out that he person had asked several questions over the previous weeks, and nobody had answered them.
With the activity stream gone, I'm not sure how I'm going to find new questions. This is especially frustrating because my e-mail notifications have also stopped working.
I guess the point of all this is - if you have questions and nobody has answered them, ask again -- or post the link in this thread ... or maybe post your question on HiNative....
Take a look at who is the top user there. <wink>
Esperanto Stack Exchange doesn't take the place of of a basic course in Esperanto, and it's unfortunate that Duolingo makes it so difficult for people to get human-generated answers to the troubles they're having.
Indeed, I see you there when I am lurking. :D No, I know what you mean--it's not a perfect solution, but it is a source of information. And there are the Duolingo Esperanto Facebook groups--people are happy to answer questions there as well.
It is too bad that it's not easier to find/ask questions within Duolingo itself. I live in hope that one day they'll improve the forum search and the communication between users. (Not very strong hope, but hope.)
Kate - this reply is directed less at you and more at anybody just browsing through the threads... I feel the need to clarify why I said that Esperanto Stack Exchange (EoSE) is not a substitute for a basic course.
We see lots of questions on the board here (and I'm asked them directly in the courses I teach) and these questions are often of the nature "Why is there a -j- on bonaj in the sentence I just read." The student is in a learning situation, has had some material presented to him/her, and is looking for an answer specific to that situation, and specific to the student's level of understanding. This is what learning is all about - and it's also why learning with a teacher is so important (and why I spend so much time on this board looking for unanswered questions.)
Esperanto Stack Exchange, on the other hand, is intended as a reference. It is supposed to be a repository of answers to some more difficult questions, as well as of the best answers to some of the more frequent questions of general interest. I can imagine someone asking a question such as "why is there a -j at the end of this word" and being directed to an EoSE article... to which the response will be yet another question... which is totally fine in a context of a discussion board like this one, but less so in a context where questions are supposed to be of general interest.
Consider asking to be made a forum moderator for Esperanto.
I was recently granted the forum moderator role for another language and found that the discussion tab for that language has not only "New" and "Sentences" but also "Active (Mod)", which seems to list all posts (both sentence discussions and "regular" posts) sorted by the date of the last comment -- something I had often wished for.
This would seem to be a good way to find further unanswered questions, even if they are posted on sentence discussions that are a year old for example.
Interesting suggestion. Yes, that would be a useful tab. I'm looking into your suggestion. Thanks.
Amuzulo and I are "like this". (Holds up two fingers very close to each other.)