https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Inappropriate Profiles?

I appreciate that Duolingo moderators take care that no one posts inappropriate content on the forums, but people can write what they like on their profiles, and they can also choose any profile picture that they like. I'm concerned because apparently these particular things are not vetted. If there are no guidelines about what you write on your profile, and what picture you choose, people could write very inappropriate content on their profiles and also choose inappropriate profile pictures. Thankfully this is not a common problem, but I've come across one or two cases where profiles and profile pictures have been inappropriate.

Your thoughts?

September 12, 2017

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

Duolingo's guidelines apply to profiles as well as discussion forums: no profanity, no personal information, no obscenities, etc.

If you see a profile that is in violation of the guidelines (https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines) you can file an abuse report (https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/205101500-How-do-I-report-abuse-)

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

thank you for helping me understand this.

September 12, 2017

[deactivated user]

    I can give you an example. Last week someone commented on one of the posts I commented on. I checked his/her profile and he had something similar to "Kill all gays". For a few hours both the comment and the profile existed but I checked it a few hours later and it was gone. Be sure the moderators will get rid of unpleasant users. It might take a few minutes, or hours but they will be dealt with. ;)

    September 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    Hopefully, Duolingo will eventually restore people's access to messaging moderators directly, so we can take a quick look into these things. Reports take longer because there can be a backlog. There is a much wider pool of moderators who can assist in that area.

    September 15, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      I hope so too. That was pretty much the situation in which I hoped I could have contacted you or other moderator directly.

      September 15, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

      Unfortunately what is inappropriate to one, is totally appropriate to another. Sometimes best to ignore and move on, as not everybody can toe your line, just saying ...

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

      The thing about the internet is that you never know for sure if something truly inappropriate, like inappropriate by all means, is serious or not.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

      On a website that specifically caters to children (to adults too, of course, but Duolingo is explicitly trying to be a child-friendly place), most things that could be deemed inappropriate are likely so regardless of whether the intent behind them is serious.

      September 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

      Mm... True. ^ ^

      September 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      True. but I think all Duo users should avoid anything which might offend another user...it's a language learning site after all...

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      If you agree with the thoughts above, please upvote the discussion, even if you don't wish to comment.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ReturnOfTheDuo

      What kind of inappropriate content? I don't know much about inappropriate content on profiles and pictures, as I rarely look at them. But if there was inappropriate content then, yes, it should be moderated. We should all have the freedom of expression to put profiles and pictures that we want, but we should also be mindful of offending anyone. Similarly, I have concerns about the inappropriate language and translations that are on some of the trees. I have come across sentences that are suggestive and perhaps inappropriate for younger learners in a couple of trees. For example the sentences "Do you have a lover?'', "A dish of men", "The baby wants to drink beer'', "I have a very long banana", ''I like taking off my pants'', ''I have two balls", ''The man likes very big balls'', "The man without balls is sad" are all in the one tree. They are perhaps attempts at humour, as a joke, so we should not take them too seriously, but others may see it as counterproductive and crude.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      You're right. However, it might be useful to remember, that, in most languages 'pants' means trousers!!!

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

      Freedom of expression means the government can't stop you saying something (although even free speech has limits). Duolingo is a private company and isn't affiliated with the government, they can put whatever restrictions they like on what people can put on their profiles, etc.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MorrisPors1

      lol true that is crazy

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

      yes thank u someone agrees with me they shouldn't have an age limit but if you are less than a certain age discussion and making friends should be blocked, this will prevent kids from being exposed to um.... stuff

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42

      There are those of us who though we do not like offensive material would rather not live in the world described in the novel 1984.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      true, but a language site doesn't need to contain anything offensive. Just my opinion.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

      Duolingo can put whatever restrictions it likes on what people post, especially if things are harmful or highly offensive.

      Free speech means the government can't constrain what you say; Duolingo can take whatever measures they want to keep this site friendly and safe for all its users. That's not the same as government censorship - in fact, it's a completely different animal.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LingualLightning

      Agreed. I am a kid and Duolingo has been extremely helpful in my studies of Spanish. However, if I start seeing inappropriate content, I am afraid I will have to leave Duolingo for my own safety. I hope this is a job that the moderators take full responsibility for.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/elizadeux

      Hi Caleb- I don't think there is an age minimum for using Duolingo. However, the guidelines do prohibit mentioning your age either on your profile or in any comments or posts, so you should avoid mentioning it and remove it from your posts.

      There is sometimes inappropriate content, photos, or profiles. If I see it, I report it right away and the Duolingo staff tends to respond fairly quickly. If it becomes a problem for you (and I hope it doesn't), you could try just avoiding the forums rather than quitting Duolingo altogether if you are enjoying it.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LingualLightning

      Okay, I will remove my age from all posts that I can find which have it. Thanks a lot for mentioning this.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Far-quaad

      Wow! I did not know that I shouldn't disclose my age. I will remove it from my bio now that I do know. gracias para ti ayuda

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      Well, thankfully guys like Lrtward are doing their job!

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/-Avian

      Well said, Caleb.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MaddieOlivia04

      I think that people should NOT be able to post inappropriate pictures, comments, etc because there are children taking some courses on Duolingo, and they should not be exposed to such things. Duolingo will delete anything that they think is inappropriate, though. I know of some people who have had it done to them, even though what they posted was not inappropriate. But Duo takes pretty good care of that kind of thing, thankfully.

      September 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/BRIANPROBS1

      It should be blocked.

      September 14, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

      What should?

      September 14, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/BRIANPROBS1

      Horny profile pics and inaproprite pics.

      September 21, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/BRIANPROBS1

      I think so cause I'm a kid.

      March 15, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

      I saw someone giving a link to a dating website once

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

      Reminds me of a Duolingo user called hot teacher.

      September 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LuisRamos709109

      i remember her! i came across her profile one day and her profile was a whole lot of NOPE in only a few sentences. I remember staying away from duolingo for like a week after that XD. But really, her profile was very inappropriate and i feel like this discussion was very needed. This is a really serious problem, even though it is rare (thank god!), and this should really be addressed more. Im glad you brought this problem up to all the moderators and such elizabeth!

      September 13, 2017
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