Alert: People trying to sell accounts that are about to be deleted
If anyone sees someone offering to sell their Duolingo account, please alert a couple of moderators right away. Make sure to give the moderators a link to the discussion and the full URL to that person's profile. If you can give the moderator a screenshot of the discussion too, that would be really great! If you cannot contact a moderator, please fill out this form here.
Why this message:
Recently, someone used scripting to boost their account levels and then tried to sell it. Don't buy someone's else's account.
Accounts that are caught scripting* are removed by staff. Not banned, but entirely deleted. So, you would be wasting your money. Additionally, it is not safe to give out your financial information to strangers on the internet.
They might try to steal your money!
If you choose to warn the people commenting in such a discussion that they should not buy such an account for the reasons above, you may do so. But, you must be be very polite about it. If you are perceived as harassing, that could also get you in trouble too.
Remember, as a basic rule, you may not use the forums to ask for money, whether you are asking for donations or trying to sell something.
To summarize: Persons advertising the sell of their account might break into your bank account/paypal. AND might not give you anything in return or might give you an account that is slated for removal.
Thanks everyone for helping us keep the Duolingo Community a safe place to learn!
*See Guidelines to read more about the scripting issue.
Thank you for the warning. I would never buy an account because it just ruins the learning but we do need to be alert to this. the Duolingo community is a great place, but its just those minor majority that ruins it by doing things like that. Learning a language should be fun, so there is no point in doing things like that because there is no use of it. it devalues the true experience of duolingo. to those who don't do this, keep going because you are sure better than those who are scripting. :)
And oh another thing:
Now, the script I've worked on (and might perhaps further work on in the future) "halfway" integrates some tinycards features and would also strengthen words reviewed through it. Would it be allowed to strengthen words through a custom reviewing script? It doesn't really start a session, but what's exactly ment by "session" is up for interpretation.
Edit: for clarification, it would only strengthen words (no xp involved)
Accounts that are caught scripting* are removed by staff.
I have noticed a few accounts recently that are obviously using scripts to cheat (e.g. very high level but have only completed the first skill in a tree). What is the best way to bring this to the attention of staff? Even without trying to sell their accounts, people who do this devalue Duolingo's attainment system and the considerable efforts of the honest majority of users.
I presume that completing a lesson using a script happens far faster than is humanly possible (a few seconds per lesson, I'd guess), and that these times are recorded in logs that are accessible to staff. There might be other ways too, but that seems the most obvious and fail-safe one.
(Of course, someone could write a script that cheats slowly to obfuscate this, but I rather doubt this would have occurred to someone just looking for an XP-shortcut in the code.)
Thank you; I was aware of this form, but it didn't occur to me to take screenshots. Anyway, it appears that action has been taken in one particularly visible case (unless the user in question has simply deactivated—hopefully not); in which case I'm edified that my reports have not just been flowing into the abyss.