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[Guide] Weekly Incubator Summary + Duo news

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Incubator Summary in French || Learning loom

For other Duolingo news, read further down this header post.

Latest :



The above summary of news items is just an idea I am playing with. to update on a weekly basis.

1 year ago

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This will be very helpful. I always located the latest WIU by looking on jitengore's stream, but now this is no longer possible, and the forum search feature is useless for differentiating scores of posts with very similar titles.
I was considering leaving him a message somewhere suggesting that he post a link (maybe in the form of a tinyurl) to the most recent update somewhere in his profile information so people can find it.

1 year ago

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the forum search feature is useless for differentiating scores of posts with very similar titles.

here an example of search entry that does let you find the WIU you want.
If you search for

own && progress && 2017 && "to April 16th"

(respecting the logical connectors and the quote marks) in the forum search engine, you'll find the last WIU (it's currently the only return to that exact query).
For the next ones (or a specific past one) just replace the characters April 16th (and, in 8 months, also 2017) by the ones corresponding to the last WIU.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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That's fine if you know the exact date. However, he doesn't always post them on the same day; there's no way to find the latest one (or even find out if there's a new one) without trying every possible date (the 'new' tab is also useless).

One elegant solution would simply be to sticky the latest WIU (unstickying the old ones whenever a new one is released). I know that Duolingo staff really hate to sticky anything, however...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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That's fine if you know the exact date.

Well, I didn't before looking for it and it wasn't long to find it. ;)

he doesn't always post them on the same day

it's most of the times a Sunday, otherwise generally either a Saturday or a Monday. So testing 9 searches and you'll almost always have the last one (as there are very rarely period longer than 3 weeks without a new WIU).
I honestly (and personally) don't find it that long to make 9 searches (with only one date to change between each).


If it goes for a sticky, then IMO it would be more elegant to

  1. Jitengore creates (and close) one general WIU discussion in which it'd list the last one (no need of more than the last one has links to previous ones), that staff stickies
  2. Each time Jitengore release a new WIU, they
    1. unlock the general one
    2. change the link to last one
    3. lock back the general one

I find it more elegant because:

  1. less sticky/unsticky actions (staff, but also part of users, don't like it)
  2. unstickying the previous one and stickying the new one each time, needs staff as only staff can sticky on the General forums (at least those for the 6 first languages), hence risks to often not be done (or weeks later).
  3. changing the sticky one will disperse the upvotes while only one will concentrate them (hence the post will one day also be on top of "All time Popular"
1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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You make a convincing argument. I wasn't sure whether or not moderators could sticky, but if they can't, a single post is obviously better.

But something really should be stickied, or lots of people won't be able to find the latest WIUs. Even this post is practically buried by now. And the progress of courses in the incubator showcases the best of Duolingo's vision—it deserves a sticky.

1 year ago

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the newest WIU thread...

@Melarish, I recommend to use the userscript shared here. It reorganizes the menu to switch between courses and includes at the bottom of it a link to the last WIU. You'll never have to look for it.

N.B.: Since Duolingo's website isn't "uniform" (the forums are under an older version than the rest), the userscript works on pages that are under the "new" version of the website (mostly everything except forums).

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melarish
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I agree. I had to make a thread asking for people to point me to the newest WIU thread...

11 months ago

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2018, by calendar week number - history

Latest :

37 : 2018/09/16 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28889448
36 : 2018/09/09 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28795769
35 : 2018/09/02 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28709089
34 : 2018/08/26 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28605524
33 : 2018/08/19 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28527402
32 : 2018/08/12 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28414909
31 : 2018/08/05 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28388166
30 : 2018/07/29 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28212635
29 : 2018/07/22 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28154350
28 : 2018/07/15 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28031522
27 : 2018/07/08 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27935714
26 : 2018/07/01 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27836300
25 : 2018/06/24 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27753905
24 : 2018/06/10 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27602620
23 : 2018/06/10 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27602620
22 : 2018/06/03 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27522654
21 : 2018/05/27 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27428208
20 : 2018/05/20 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27351567
19 : 2018/05/13 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27273049
18 : 2018/05/06 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27190620
17 : 2018/04/29 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27107595
16 : 2018/04/22 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27027886
15 : 2018/04/15 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26948318
14 : 2018/04/08 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26869745
13 : 2018/04/02 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26787796
12 : 2018/03/25 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26697433
11 : 2018/03/18 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26621651
10 : 2018/03/11 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26548452
9 : 2018/03/04 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26486404
8 : 2018/02/26 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26425037
7 : 2018/02/18 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26341624
6 : 2018/02/11 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26265683
5 : 2018/02/04 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26175680
4 : 2018/01/29 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26110903
3 : 2018/01/21 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25973809
2 : 2018/01/14 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25880294
1 : 2018/01/07 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25794306

2017 : https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22360462$comment_id=22602480
2016 and earlier : https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22360462$comment_id=24073591

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Thank you for posting these, Linda!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Return to top || go to WIU 2016 and earlier.

2017, by calendar week number - history

51 : 2017/12/24 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25649442
50 : 2017/12/17 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25575217
49 : 2017/12/10 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25497526
48 : 2017/12/03 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25427003
47 : 2017/11/26 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25337533
46 : 2017/11/19 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25262145
45 : 2017/11/13 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25172974
44 : 2017/11/05 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25090890
43 : 2017/10/29 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25005878
42 : 2017/10/22 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24920462
41 : 2017/10/15 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24840923
40 : 2017/10/08 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24754161
39 : 2017/10/01 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24668296
38 : 2017/09/25 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24593512
37 : 2017/09/17 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24484534
36 : 2017/09/10 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24395081
35 : 2017/09/03 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24299102
34 : 2017/08/27 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24195697
33 : 2017/08/20 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24082674
32 : 2017/08/13 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23977046
31 : 2017/07/30 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23865614
30 : 2017/07/23 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23767212
29 : 2017/07/23 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23658531
28 : 2017/07/16 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23559227
27 : 2017/07/09 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23436669
26 : 2017/07/02 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23339688
25 : 2017/06/25 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23242958
24 : 2017/06/18 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23139289
23 : 2017/06/11 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/23030834
22 : 2017/06/04 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22929432
21 : 2017/05/28 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22821944
20 : 2017/05/21 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22716024

1 year ago

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This is marvellous.

Thank you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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This will be very useful -- thanks Linda! :-)

1 year ago

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Duolingo Wiki Quick links

wiki course list || Wiki about Clubs ||

10 months ago

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I thought the point was to inform people so they would not have to ask questions themselves, so why lock the discussions? Locking just means people will have to fill forum up asking why courses haven't been released. Banning us from commenting seems pointless to me.

9 months ago

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It's been a while since the last weekly incubator update. I'm kind of curious if the changes that made this post necessary are also causing problems with Jitengore's ability to track the messages he was using to create the updates.

1 year ago

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If you refer to the messages left by contributors and that jitengore is copy-pasting then I don't think it has something to do as those messages are still there, at the same place and under the same format. They are on the incubator's page of each course and those pages didn't changed at all, the incubator isn't impacted by the revamp of the (main) website.
So jitengore can still access to them as before.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby
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When it comes to replicating the WIU, the tricky part is to collect the correct percent completion numbers. It seems that there are three main groups of courses: (1) those that openly say how done they are in their frequent public status posts, (2) those for which the course summary page % done is used (which matches the "inspect element" of the main "Course Progress" bar displayed on the course status page, good to know for courses without monuments), and (3) those for which the completed words:total words ratio (matching the "inspect element" of the main "Complete all words" bar displayed on the course status page) is used. I would certainly say use method (1) if available. Beyond that, there will not be a universally acceptable choice between (2) and (3), and if the course has only a stump of a tree with a misleadingly low total word count, no reasonably accurate method exists without self reporting or additional assumptions and arithmetic.

1 year ago

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Personally, I wouldn't give any credit to those %age except if they are some RECENT manually computed by the volunteers. ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby
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It would be very kind of each team to publicly state and update their total word count target. Then any user able to do division can figure out a value as accurate as anything the course moderator can produce.

ETA: When the user knows more than the team early on, use the average number of words in a course. Using a 2000 word total with the then-current words completed for the courses starting from scratch will beat the pants off almost any number produced by Duolingo for those courses automatically.

1 year ago

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Not sure all teams know that at the beginning (when discovering how the incubator works) nor, probably, before being around the half of (what will be, but they don't yet know) their final tree.
But, as soon as they know, yes it could be good to do so if they could.

1 year ago

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This is a good question. Thank you for it.

The time was right recently to create it as a post of its own, I felt. And that at the same time it would be of use for people to locate the informative updates that Jitengore has been producing.

I have been way laid with commitments for the team I am working with, and have not given this the focus that I know it deserves.

Jitengore, I can reassure you, is continuing to be active. And that at 11:38 pm Sunday, 7 May 2017 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) there has been no Incubator update post since April 8th to April 16th.

Thank you also for your patience as we go through this time.

1 year ago

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I've also noticed that Jitengore has been active on Duolingo, but I wouldn't be surprised if the recent changes caused them to become disheartened and lose their interest in tracking the courses. Or maybe they are just too busy to continue with this right now.

1 year ago

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Hi all,

if you want a "one-click" access to the last WIU, without having to looking for it, you may be interested by the (last version) of this userscript which includes a link to the last WIU (automatically retrieved by the script).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Tinycards resources:

For Tinycards through an internet browser, click here

There is also a Tinycards facebook page here where they release news concerning Tinycards.

For Google+, here is worth checking out.

For the android app, for android applications, of course check out google play

For Apple iOS app, click here

The discussion introducing Tinycards, which has lots of information in it, check here

Insights from Tinycards to Help you Achieve Flashcard Fame

help information on Tinycards

You can also follow on Twitter to get the latest news and awesome decks -- just follow @tinycardsapp


Off topic, did you know that there is also an open source duolingo app from Amazon, click here

7 months ago

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Now that the update graphs and discussions aren't in the same thread, why not link to both? For example, both https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27935714 and https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27937120 . :)

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They are separate as they are done by different people.

2 months ago

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Yeah, I wasn't talking about whether or not they're both done by the same people, just whether or not it would be handy to link to both of them . :)

2 months ago

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Latest :

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Does anyone know anything about the state of Arabic from English that I may have missed? I just started following these updates when Arabic entered the Incubator, so I don't know if it's normal or not for a language to sit at 0% completion for so long. Are they waiting to hire someone? Technical difficulties?

I'm not trying to criticize the Duo staff or course contributors, I'm simply curious!

7 months ago

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Are they waiting to hire someone?

Don't know if they are waiting for that but they are looking for such person.

7 months ago

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About this:

"19 July at 17:51 Everyone knows the Taj Mahal. But what about the Hawa Mahal and the Lotus Temple?"

If this is a new deck, what's the name so I can look it up on Tinycards? :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Thanks! :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starboystellan

That's awesome!

1 year ago

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ummm, thank you.
This is a list I had created, yet it was posted under the Moderator Locator and sundry references.
However it is "now of age" and I have decided it needed its own post.
Especially to make it easier to locate the most recent updates for the weekly reports.

I also intend to go through and make notes of significant announcements that occurred - so that particular topics of interest can also be referenced.

You can also link through to this, by going to my Bio page, and following the link to the Moderator Locator.
Which in the "header" has a link to this reference.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starboystellan

Oh wow cool! thanks for the lingot :) Yea, i've seen the other one and it's old ;) thanks for replying!

1 year ago