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How can I tell when someone is editing a document at the same time I am?

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I've had it happen that I do what seems to be an initial translation on a sentence (it's in blue font), but later I look at the revision history and see there was a prior translation. How does that happen? -- I assume because someone else was translating at the same time as I was, and they finished earlier.

Does this matter? It makes it look in the revision history that I just rewrote their translation as an edit, which is not what happened.

How can I avoid this?

4 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/christian
christian
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A warning saying something along the lines of "Someone else is already typing here" would help.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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I suppose the trouble with that is that someone might walk off and leave a sentence half-edited, blocking the sentence for everyone else. That still might be better than having them come back and then clobber everyone else who'd worked on it though.

Perhaps the time to signal something would be when you try to submit your translation. If someone else has beaten you to it, perhaps it should show it as if it were an edit and let you decide whether or not to do it anyway.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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I haven't figured out a way to avoid it yet, other than refresh your browser after every sentence to reduce the possibility of it happening.

When it happens, I just revert to the other person's version (if it's correct), and post an explanation on their stream so they know it wasn't intentional.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tattafrat
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Oh thanks. I don't want to seem like I'm steamrolling or ignoring them but didn't know what to do! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hburdon

Happened to me. Very embarrassing. Had to go on their Stream and apologise. On the upside -- turned out it was a really nice person, we had a good chat!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mstreeter

When you click on a sentence, it actually fetches the latest translation (assuming you're in the "Translate" view). So no need to reload the page, unless you want to update the colors of all sentences at once.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Thanks! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chattercheeks

I agree - when two people are making an initial translation at the same time , it would be great if Duolingo could accept the first to post, and then, when the 2nd person tries to post theirs, the translation box should change to the Edit one with an added message stating that the initial translation has already been submitted. Then if the 2nd translator feels that his/her translation is more accurate, they can submit it as an edit, but if it is the same, they can just cancel it.

I think that it would also be helpful if the page automatically refreshed after every Post/Edit.

4 years ago