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.
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-)
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. ;)
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.
I hope so too. That was pretty much the situation in which I hoped I could have contacted you or other moderator directly.
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 ...
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.
True. but I think all Duo users should avoid anything which might offend another user...it's a language learning site after all...
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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.
You're right. However, it might be useful to remember, that, in most languages 'pants' means trousers!!!
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.
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
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.
true, but a language site doesn't need to contain anything offensive. Just my opinion.
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.
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.
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.
Okay, I will remove my age from all posts that I can find which have it. Thanks a lot for mentioning this.
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
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.
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!