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.
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.
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.
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.
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.