https://www.duolingo.com/Soolrak

Annoying and unproductive people

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Hi community! I have seen many "discussions" here these days, especially on Duolingo from Spanish (and some from English as well) and there are people who don't deserve to be here. Let me explain this: Many users write things that have nothing to do with Duo or learning languages at all. Some of them are insulting, others flirting, others just saying "hello" and looking for "friends". I wonder if there is a way that those people can be banned. I know it sounds strict, but those people are not useful at all here. I looked at some profiles and they just comment useless subjects and they join Duolingo to waste their time.

Would be nice if the admins could ban them, so this would be a bit cleaner.

P.S. I know these annoying people are no more than 5% of the total, but they are still annoying.

P.S. Share your opinion about this. I know you might not agree with me.

4 years ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hi Carl0s_- We keep our eyes on what is happening across the forums and have some incredible community moderators who do so as well! You can see our Community guidelines here: https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines What you're describing isn't helping build a language learning community and breaks the framework we've set up for how to participate in the forums. If you see abuse- you should email us at abuse@duolingo.com. We always take a look at those. That would be very helpful! Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Soolrak
Soolrak
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Thank you very much for this, I really appreciate it! And I am completely sure that moderators here are incredible, otherwise, I wouldn't love Duolingo as I do :)

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Awesome! We should make it more clear where to report abuse. Thanks for bringing this up! Appreciate the productive honesty :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkl
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I think that the duolingo forum system is geared towards an elementary age audience. This is my opinion and I will most likely get downvoted because of it. It would be good if duolingo can change the forums and make a separate section where people can freely express their feelings and thoughts separate from languages. That way people can post what they like and is out of the way for people asking for help/sharing language-based ideas.

Demanding lingots is really pointless since its very easy to obtain lingots, and lingots are also quite useless up to a certain point.

Whats wrong with finding friends? This website is user-based so its natural to try and find others to work with and form a friendship. Besides, the few people who I accept as friends (I feel that the more friends one has on this website is just adding random people) are based on a help system, where we ask questions for help.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
Luscinda
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Insulting is an absolute no no, and begging lingots is ridiculous. But I have noticed that new people just jumping in and introducing themselves gets upvotes and welcomes in the French language board and hostile sanctimonious comments in English, regardless of whether anyone has merited such rudeness. I don't like to think that those of us who speak English here are uniquely rude and antisocial.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
SteveLando
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there are cultural differences:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

I think banning people who are here looking for friends is harsh and not necessary. Some may wish to make a few friends here that could help them learn and keep them motivated. I do agree that insulting, flirting people and trolls are inappropriate, but for self-introduction and frienship seeking it's not a big deal. I think you should not get worked up over such a small issue. Atmost you can just ignore them and make the effort to scroll down the monitor 5 more centimeters

I don't think I'd like a community that bans new people for saying ''hello''. It is against the purpose of this site, which is to teach and welcome people to new languages whatever their age and language level.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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And given that most people want to learn languages in order to be able to converse, banning general conversation is just perverse. But it should be conversation and open to all, not the nonsense tag games of school classes that we seem to see from time to time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ooOBilalOoo
ooOBilalOoo
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I completely agree with you ! There are also many people just begging for Lingots in the discussion post without deserving them which is also annoying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Why bother getting annoyed about something that you see as minor worth?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/headphones23

I think it's okay for people to introduce themselves, but other than that I totally agree. But I do think that making friends that speak and/or learning your language is an important part in learning a new language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayaealexander

i agree, but these people most likely join duolingo to learn languages and post the "annoying" comments to get lingots (to learn more)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ComputerRoger

Hello Carlos,

Thanks for your comments. I am a gringo from USA, but I live in Costa Rica and speak Spanish exclusively here. Also I spent some days in your beautiful city, Santiago.

The most difficult thing to learn or appreciate about a culture is humor. We learn this as children and it is very hard for me to appreciate local humor, here in Costa Rica.

We gringos tend to use an excessive amount of sarcasm in our humor. To others, I am told, it seems arrogant and offensive, so I try to control myself when I am outside the USA. We use sarcasm to downplay ourselves, that we are NOT perfect. That is the part that is frequently misinterpreted.

You are correct that some use the site as a chat room, but still they are making progress. So I just ignore it and skim the text to find a nice explanation of a problem. I do not expect this site to be perfect in translation, since perfection is impossible. What I do like is that the site gives a broader perspective and I also like to see the interest that people have in learning additional languages.

My suggestion is to not be too serious about learning. Learning should be fun. I am halfway through the French tree. For me this a game that builds language knowledge, not a sole resource. About.com and other resources should be used when the comments are not helpful enough.

It was truly fun to translate: Je vis dans une pomme. (I live in an apple). Still I smile about this. Probably I will not use it again, I just did, jaja. The gringo humor is to respond sarcastically, "Where else would you want to live?" It is meant to be self-deprecating, and also to reinforce that this is fun. Please know that I am not defending culturally indifferent gringo behavior. I have been embarrassed far to often by it when I am out with my Latin friends. I only ask that you understand that usually no offense is intended, cultural differences should be tolerated because we can choose to be away from or close to them.

Sincerely yours, Roger

BTW, congrats on your achievement. I hope to accomplish the same in my French tree.

4 years ago
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