An open letter to Luis from a web based user
Thank you to you and your team for Duolingo. I have been a web user on and off for years and cannot say enough about how valuable a tool this program is to teach a language.
There have been decisions made over the years which have restricted some of the wonderful tools available to the web users such as Immersion and the Activity function. This has reduced the value of the site however it does still retain its objective. A large part of the current value to the program I am using (English to French), is in the work done by the volunteers in the form of Tips and Notes and responses to questions within each lesson. Without these grammar explanations and clarifications, the site would be an odd way of trying to learn a language through rote learning. It is also motivating to feel a belonging to a common community and seeing all this input and dialogue achieves this. As time passes, I sense a priority being given to the mobile app version of the program and a tendency to make decisions that favour this application over the web based program. As a result, I just wanted to say that I believe there is a very large, dedicated, mature and committed community who use this program on the web and appreciate highly the work of the volunteers and how they have greatly enhanced this learning experience. Please do not eliminate the Tips and Notes and Sentence Discussion forums for web based users.
I'm not sure why people are anticipating the removal of these features. This is the second post I've seen speculating about this.