https://www.duolingo.com/savandwich

Hindi for English speakers...

someone made a post about this about a fortnight ago... something's up with the Hindi course- it doesn't seem to have made any progress for months and all the contributors seem to have gone AWOL. I've tried getting in touch with the contributors by messaging the one that was previously the most active but I've heard absolutely nothing. Is there anything at all we can do to get duo to step in?

June 7, 2017

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

I am really annoyed at the Hindi course's lack of progress. There is only one contributor who does absolutely nothing and doesn't even let others contribute to the course. Duolingo should replace this contributor with one of the thousands of willing and able applicants. To answer your question, there is nothing we can do right now.

June 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/savandwich

argh that's rubbish and so frustrating :o and yes I completely agree! Hopefully Duolingo will catch wind of this sometime soon (if they haven't already....)

June 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/H-Ravenclaw

I believe they know of the issue with this person. I hope something is done as well. India ties with China for most populated country in the world, this course is especially important for that reason and the contributor in question won't bring us this course.

June 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

The CEO of Duolingo has said he's going to take action regarding the lack of progress on the Hindi course. I am elated to hear this!

June 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/savandwich

Oh wow! That's great I'm so glad :D hooray!

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/206916

That was a reddit post that I made, thank you for linking it :)

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anirudhh.kaushal

Ironically, a minimum of two moderating contributors are required; there is currently only one contributor, and he is the only moderator too! https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1627314$comment_id=1658898

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

I am other moderator but I am not a contributor, so, I can't edit or see anything in course. Also, I am not present on incubator screen.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

Do you have any idea when course development is going to resume?

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KananG1

The course development has already resumed, even if you're not seeing many updates on the incubator right away. There was not much there in the tree when I joined, and I don't know how the previous contributors might have planned things. So I have to figure out things and plan ahead, which I am continuously doing. We are also trying to see if some of the new features which the Japanese course has can become available for this course as well.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anirudhh.kaushal

Are there features such as teaching characters from the Japanese course? Also, you might want to read all the updates on the Hindi incubator to get an insight into the plans they had.

Thanks!

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Nope, I don't know anything at all. Form UI it is not much different. I can mod the comments on Hindi discussion forum. I have asked jitengore many times what is happening in incubator, but there was no answer. I had known one contributor personally but he also didn't provided any information. Later I asked how he was removed from incubator he replied that due to not logging for 1 month, system automatically removed his contributor access. I guess this happened to every other one.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

Yeah, that makes sense. If the contributor isn't going to do anything then he/she should be removed. I'm disappointed to see the lack of progress. I know the contributor was just replaced recently, but I expected there to be a lot more action right away. Right now it seems like nothing's happened.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KananG1

I'm happy to see how eagerly everyone is waiting for the course. I assure you that we are going to make regular progress in the course now, and will ensure that it doesn't get halted again. I'm as excited for making this course available as you guys are. Thanks for your patience. :)

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

I'm glad to hear this! Are you planning on inviting more contributors to develop the Hindi course?

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KananG1

Yes, certainly. I will be looking through the application and sending out some invites for contributors eventually.

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Hi Kanan,

Can my application be looked. I had previously applied to contribute in the course. I was accepted as moderator for Hindi Forum two years ago ( I still have Moderator's role and privileges) just before the Hindi Course entered in Incubator. Then the Hindi team which included Jitengore, Poonam, Varun etc hinted that I will be included in course contributor list once some substantial progress done. That time I was very active on forum and had big streak. During the last 2 years the things have changed and I got busy, (I become a working person from student), but I can spent some time regularly for contributing Hindi Courses. In the Hindi forum there isn't lot to moderate, mostly missing translations in which I don't have access (So, my presence is not felt). I have been active on Jitengore's Activity feed. But since as activity feed is not available now, I can't directly message anyone.

So, I am writing this to you in this Comment which should be written on personal feed. (I was waiting for you to comment somewhere to communicate with you since your profile appeared incubator.) Do I need write a new application for contributor so that you can see anew?

Thanks and Regards.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

That's good to hear. Do you have any idea what happened to the old contributor, jitengore?

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SaifullahS6

Hi Kanan, is there any way new learners could be involved in the alpha testing? I would like to volunteer.

I have been waiting for the Hindi course for about one and a half years now, I gave up hope when the progress was stagnating and was really glad to see you take it on. I have been looking forward to April, and was crushed when the expected date was moved to June. That is why I would like to be an alpha tester.

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kateykr

I agree with everything Saifullah said- including being absolutely crushed, as well as being a tester (please). I'm so excited about this course!!!

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/locapica

I applied as well. Received a generic, "We're not accepting contributors at this time...."

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/savandwich

maybe try applying again in a month or so? the CEO said they're going to 'take action' so maybe give them a while to sort it out then try again? I really hope they're quick with it though, we've been waiting so long for the course!

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/websmasha

I am C1 in Hindi I could have done a bit... @jitengore is the only contributor by the way.

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PalladiumPaladin

I haven't seen or heard about anything being done about the Hindi course by the CEO yet, and it's been some time since he's said they were going to take action. Has there been any behind-the-scenes action going on or has nothing occurred yet?

June 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/savandwich

hmm he posted it about 2 weeks ago, so there's probably some behind the scenes stuff happening... maybe they're trying to contact the contributors, or assess where the course is at, or maybe look at people who have applied but been denied? I'd give it another month or so... if nothing's happened by then then maybe we'll have to make more posts about it or something....

June 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield

He has taken action. The old contributor was replaced by another one.

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anirudhh.kaushal

Nice! Let's hope that KananG1 works on the course well and we get it very quickly!

June 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

did JitenGore quit?

July 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/anirudhh.kaushal

I don't think he chose to quit, but was made to instead.

July 2, 2017
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