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https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_

To all of you fellow Duolingo users:

Maughanster_
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This was two years ago:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10171371

And this was an hour ago:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24412084

(Although the comments are good on the second, the downvote button has clearly been overused) How can there be such a difference? What happened to the kind, loving Duolingo community that was on Duolingo a couple of years ago? Everything is much colder, the downvote button is abused, and it just seems less friendly. Where are the kind, warm, welcoming people?

The Downvote Button:

I believe we all have different views on the downvote button. Some people use it if they disagree with something, but that is not the original purpose. The downvote button should be used when a post or comment violates Duolingo's Guidelines. It is being abused as of late, unlike a couple of years ago.

What we can do to be kind:

We can be warm kind and friendly to others, and welcome users nicely. We can try to make a great Duolingo community that represents the spirit of Duolingo in a good way!

Thanks for reading my post, everybody! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

(I apologize for my poorly structured thoughts. Here is another good post by AlexisLinguist: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6270192)
1 year ago

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

Great post! :) I was trying to be positive while giving advice in that last post an hour ago.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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I noticed that! I wasn't talking about the comments in that post, I was just trying use it to show that the downvote button is being abused.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

Ok, got it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I'd hazard the main reason the first post was down-voted is that it was just called 'Yulissa', which gave no indication of what it was about. I've noticed a lot of people will vote down any posts that do not have readily-intelligible titles as probable spam without opening them. Much as I don't endorse this practice, it can easily be remedied by giving posts meaningful and descriptive titles.

I cannot help but lament that all those positive comments and lingots given in your example post from two years ago did not appear to make any practical difference, as the user never made it past level 3...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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I've noticed a lot of people will vote down any posts that do not have readily-intelligible titles as probable spam without opening them.

Duolingo should make it so you can't upvote or downvote a post without opening the post first. That would prevent this from happening.

I cannot help but lament that all those positive comments and lingots given in your example post from two years ago did not appear to make any practical difference, as the user never made it past level 3...

Maybe they forgot about Duolingo, or something like that. It doesn't explain how the user has 52 followers, though...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Duolingo should make it so you can't upvote or downvote a post without opening the post first. That would prevent this from happening.

That is a genuinely good idea.

It doesn't explain how the user has 52 followers, though...

Probably because the post got so many up-votes! Some people (particularly new/young users) add followers quite indiscriminately, although this might be less the case now after the demise of streams.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarlett_Lucian
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I like the idea of how you can't upvote or downvote without opening the post. I feel like that could help cut down some of the unnecessary downvoting. The downvote should be only used for posts violating the guidelines. If you disagree, don't downvote, but instead, in a polite and respectful way, comment why you disagree. I also think that the idea of an introductory forum is a good idea. That way, you can subscribe if you want to help newbys/are one and unsubscribe if you don't want to see posts like Hi or Username. Also, maybe there should be a thing that pops up when you first join DL/open the Discussions page and says Hi, welcome to DL! etc. and has links to the guidelines and helpful Stickied posts.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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Also, maybe there should be a thing that pops up when you first join DL/open the Discussions page and says Hi, welcome to DL! etc. and has links to the guidelines and helpful Stickied posts.

That's a great idea! I totally agree.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarlett_Lucian
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Thanks. I know that personally it would have helped me a lot when I was a new user. Instead it took a lot of watching and learning in the forums for me to get down the etiquette. It also helped that I didn't post or comment at all until I'd be using the website for more than a year. :) I learned from others' mistakes, but I just think that it would be so helpful to have something that would enable you to avoid all that in the first place.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/satishvc
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I would add that the 'Yulissa' post did receive decent, helpful responses on how to get started with the forums.

The downvotes may have made the post not show up on the forums (there are probably a hundred of these a day, conservatively), but the post itself was not removed. So the user received helpful info and the forums seem to have retained relevant posts.

Perhaps Duolingo can add an "Introductions" forum if people badly want it. That way the rest of us uninterested in "Hi!" posts can skip subscribing to them and whoever does can still access them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcaeca
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Perhaps Duolingo can add an "Introductions" forum if people badly want it. That way the rest of us uninterested in "Hi!" posts can skip subscribing to them and whoever does can still access them.

Man, I wish Duolingo had a feedback/suggestion box option, because I would love to see this happen. There's a bug report form, although that is, unsurprisingly, only for reporting bugs. Apparently the only other way to give feedback is via the forums. Please make this happen!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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Ah, yes. A suggestion forum would be a great addition to Duolingo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I think this is unlikely to happen. Staff would be overwhelmed by the number of suggestions, many of them inevitably low-quality. At least in the forums, good suggestions can be up-voted, which staff supposedly notice (although evidence of this is scarce).

Why don't you try making a post suggesting introductions? Many other websites have just such a section. I'd certainly up-vote it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcaeca
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Why don't I make such a post? Because it wasn't my idea.

But I see your point about abuse of the suggestion box; unfortunately I have no solution for it. :/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Because it wasn't my idea.

There is, to my knowledge, no intellectual copyright law covering suggestions to improve Duolingo...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iamawarriorcat

Oh my gosh! This is awful! QUIT ABUSING THE DOWNVOTE BUTTON, PEOPLE!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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They should just get rid of the downvote button it only causes drama it has no place on discussion forums.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

I did my part to make duolingo a better place: I upvoted your discussion and the discussion you showed in your post that was an hour ago.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

i guess people who down voted felt guilty and either up voted or un-down voted because i only saw on down vote.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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Yes. It was at -11 when I first posted this post.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

wow. Im really disappointed in people now. :( How could people be so mean? That person didn't say anything objectionable he just said, "hey im new". I guess people were feeling really mean yesterday.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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People seem to be downvoting a lot of posts lately, regardless of their content. XP contests and introduction posts seem to be the worst victims of this.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

yeah. Its seems that on the internet people always want to show the worst sides of themselves...

1 year ago