Clubs - Not that Great...
Maybe it's just me but I'm beginning to think Clubs is a bit of a pointless novelty feature. I created one a few weeks ago and it was filled to capacity in a matter of a few hours
Well at least I thought so...
My issue is that can't actually chat with each other. Just a very small selection (six to be precise) of premade sentences to choose from.
Fancy throwing an emoji or two? Well you have a massive five to choose from!
And then there's the....
Well nothing really.
There's nothing else you can do except watch each others XP climb. Assuming that your fellow club members actually do anything. Which in the case of my little group, is just four or five of them. And not one of those have yet to select an emoji or a premade sentence of encouragement.
Am I alone in this view? Does anyone out there love it?
Hi Luis, I'd like to know if you guys will bring the clubs back. The leaderboards and leagues are kind of useless if you don't want to compete and just learn at your own pace. With the clubs we could chat and make friends (which was a great thing to encourage learning), but now you can only compete with random people learning random languages without being able to chat with them.
I would really love to see the clubs back...
I've been randomly kicked out while I was having fun in an active French club--very annoying. And I've been participating in a Russian club with a funny name. I know I would make friends with these guys if we could chat, but it's not available. I find clubs exciting but frustrating so far.
I rarely do Duo on my phone, but when I do I find that I enjoy looking at my status in the list of club members and I'll often do an extra 2 - 3 lessons just to pass someone up :)
I leave tons of emojis and sentence feedbacks to others, too.
One thing I discovered recently - if you go to leave a sentence feedback and don't like the sentences presented, cancel and opt to leave sentence feedback again. You'll be presented with a second set of sentences you can choose from.
I have left a couple of clubs because the members (admin included) became inactive. I haven't started my own club yet but if I did I'd make it public and put something in the description about booting inactive users. Then at the end of each week I'd kick out the folks with 0 points for the week.
You're absolutely right there! Did we miss an announcement somewhere along the line? I certainly don't recall anything from the Duolingo team.
But I'd say that's the improvement that clubs was missing, but I'd still reserve judgement by seeing if anyone actually bothers to "speak" in my club...
Absolutely the same in mine, which was one of the reasons that I posted originally.
Since my original post I booted off all the inactive members keeping only three who actually did anything. However none of these three actually comment or put a smiley up.
I allowed more members to fill up the empty spaces. And yet again, I'm back to a full club with minimal activity and certainly no "banter". I really don't understand why people join a club and then proceed to do nothing.
Luis promised improvements to the club: "You'll soon be able to chat in Clubs! Working on it." But no changes are evident yet.
Looks like I'm going to have to boot off another batch of time wasters...
I'm with you....the clubs have the potential to be a great learning too. However, people aren't active and without the back and forth in the language you are learning, you really can't learn anything from the inactive club members.
Another thing that would be nice (for Duo to do) is to put in a 2-3 options with each club activity. Instead of use "this" word, use one of these words. Put three words with various levels of knowledge levels. That way people who are new to the language could use a word they are more likely to know and the ones that have been learning longer (intermediate/advanced) who may have a broader vocabulary can participate as well. Maybe the advanced people can create a sentence with all of the words. Meanwhile, everyone is learning from each other.
The clubs are a great feature if they were used to their full potential. A suggestion would be to automatically boot people from the clubs (not after a week) but say 30 days of inactivity. Sometimes we have to travel/etc...where maybe we don't have access to the Internet for a week. I know in this day and age that's unthinkable, but for some of us that is reality. We did survive without the Internet not that long ago. This may encourage some to participate and get rid of the ones that gave up the club/duo.
Just my 2c シャラー
Hi. I run a French club and remove any members who have a 2 week spell of inactivity. In this way I have gone from having 3 or 4 active members to now around 25 out of the 50. It is time consuming keeping a record of the xps etc, but well worth it in the end! I guess it is all dependant on the Admin of the group being active themselves.
The first club I randomly joined had 50 members and after 3 weeks I was the only one participating. After I finally figured out I could leave the club, I did so and joined another. In this one, only 3 out of 50 seem to be participating. I like the idea of the clubs but improvements are certainly needed.
Clubs are just filled randomly. You end up in a club with people of wildly different capabilities. It is like being in a class with six geniuses, ten average kids and 34 underachievers. No matter how hard you work you just cannot move up on your class.
Club members should be moved to clubs with people of the same skill / performance level so they can motivate and compete with each other. The club I am in has a huge group of non active members. It is pointless to be part of such a club
Since my original post, clubs has greatly improved. I did even write a follow up on the subject too:
For my club, I have locked it so that it isn't randomly filled with people for the sake of filling the available "seats". To join my club, you need go through my other posts to gain access.
But it does lead to the other problem as mentioned in my follow-up post above; most people simply don't bother doing anything once they have joined the club. In the time I've had my club, I've only had a few members that regularly made an effort to join in with the little games/quizes that Duolingo chucks in.