I was just on the verge of recommending Duolingo to friends when I got an email this afternoon from Duolingo saying that I have a new follower --- the image of a young woman wearing glasses with the words "HotTeacher" as part of the login name. I'm told that she's following me, given a button to click to follow her back, along with the words "Are you just gonna sit there?"
So I'll just unsubscribe from notifications. Too bad, as that was part of the usefulness of Duolingo I thought, a gentle reminder to study a little each day. But not at the expense of getting distasteful spam (or fishing or whatever it is) such as this.
Shame. Fix this, Duolingo.
Note that I would have reported this directly, but the "contact" page for Duolingo only provides contact info for advertisers, and another for press. None for users. I guess that's the cost of a free service.
I'm sorry you had this poor experience. I would like to let you know, before you consider leaving Duolingo, that if inappropriate people or spammers are following you, you can easily block them. If you haven't deleted the email, hopefully you can find the person's username.
Go to their profile (that is,
duolingo.com/username) and click the gear icon on the upper right of the main white box. Click
For more clear instructions and screenshots, please see this article in the Help Center.
Hope this helps - have fun learning! =)
Edit: this feature has been removed in the new version of the website. If these instructions don't work for you, I would suggest the same as KenBookmye - report it to email@example.com.
Excellent --- thanks so much to all. I've reported the spam to abuse.duolingo.com, along with the suggestion that this report-abuse email be easier to find on the site --- I had looked under "contacts" and didn't see it. I've also changed my notifications.
However, FYI I went to the profile of the person spamming me and found no gear icon on the upper right of a main white box, didn't find any way to block them directly.
I AM really enjoying the service; the "few minutes a day" approach works well in combination to a couple of other occasional-effort approaches to gain some language skills before a trip.
That email is sent for every new follower you get on duo. I get them all the time from people following me. It is unfortunate that your first follower had that inappropriate username and also that duo chose that phrase in their notification. Please don't give up duolingo, but stay and recommend it to your friends. :)