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

Lamentations

How the mighty community of the green owl has fallen!

Where once was learning with fellow humans is now interaction with cold, heartless chatbots.

Where once was translation of the great works of literature is now the decoding of paltry, meaningless sentences.

Where lonely children could find refuge among a loving, accepting community is a place of malicious trolls with evil intent.

The green owl has forsaken us, leaving us with an iridescent feather, a memory of what wonderful things have been, and a tenuous claim of the better things to come.

May 15, 2017

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

Eloquently stated.
Let's hope the Owl is part phoenix.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3rdCircle

Indeed.

May 15, 2017

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

Great writing, and so true. I remember when the activity removal was still a mysterious rumour, I saw someone say "if activity gets taken away, it won't take away the meaning of Duolingo." Well, sadly it has for me. I miss the nice comments from friends when I learned a skill. On some days when I didn't feel like learning, talking to people and seeing their progress encouraged me to go on. Even Discussion has lost its fun, with the increased spamming and downvoting. It's heartbreaking to see the website like this.

As Lrtward said, I sure hope Duo the Owl is "part phoenix" and can rise from the ashes soon enough.

May 16, 2017

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

Good job on your Sunday lessons! You can always come hang out in the Norwegian corner.

May 16, 2017

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

Thank you, Linn. :-) What corner is this?

May 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3rdCircle

My dear Sir Percy Blakeney,

I empathize with your lamentation immensely. As I have traversed these forsaken discussion threads, and those within strengthening practices, I have become increasingly disturbed with the horrors unveiled within the comments.

Duolingo, a child's learning site, has become a gathering place for perverts and trolls. A once-friendly community now has hazards which are worth censoring.

Although many (including myself) have tried to restore Duolingo to its former joy and peace, our attempts have failed.

I go now to resign myself to the cruel fate of the green fowl, in the hopes that a hero or moderator will rise against the new horrors which face each of us.

-3rd Circle

May 15, 2017

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

I was inspired by Lamentations 1:1 (NIV)

How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3rdCircle

Yeah, I though as much. ;P

May 16, 2017

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

I'm taking it as a good omen that since the activity button hasn't been removed that something to replace it is on the horizon.

Jeg savner vennene mine.

May 15, 2017

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

Vi er her fortsatt, bare litt bortgjemt! :)

May 16, 2017

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

Jeg ønsker deg en veldig glad 17. mai!

May 16, 2017

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

Takk, jeg gleder meg!

Du får feire litt på din kant òg; sjampanje til frokost er lov.

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I don't like to be the bearer of bad news, but the Activity button is removed in the new account code, and the code is being handed out right now. After we get it, we can only wait for Mr. von Ahn's "soon" to arrive.

May 17, 2017

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

Ho hum.

May 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

But it seems there are still knowledgeable people around to teach me new stuff :D Thank you!

May 17, 2017

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

Thank YOU!

PS: I love your profile signature.

May 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

No no no, I insist, thank YOU! :D

I'm glad you love something I love! It's Serah's Theme ~Overseas version~ (clearly!) by Frances Maya and Masashi Hamauzu, from Final Fantasy XIII, my top played song of all time.

May 17, 2017

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    Nice poem. It's very true.

    May 15, 2017

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

    Thanks :~)

    May 15, 2017

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

    Well put. I hope someone from Duolingo will read this and feel a pang of guilt, because many of us feel this way about the current state of the site. I just can't recognise it anymore. The tendency to shun social aspects of language learning is dubious, to say the least.

    May 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

    There is a large community of duolingoers using various Discord Chatrooms to communicate. Discord is a free instant messaging service that is very easy to use and can be accessed from any device. The Official Unofficial Duolingo Discord alone has about 850 users right now. Also if anyone is interested in language specific servers you can pm me on discord. You can find me on OUDD.

    May 15, 2017

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

    Well said, or rather, well written.

    May 16, 2017
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