What would you change about Duolingo?
I personally would want to have a tab where you can message friends on Duolingo, instead of making a discussion and hoping your friends will see it and talk to you. So then, you can privately talk to friends.
Their choices of text colors in the lessons make the text hard to read because of the low contrast between text and background. For example, in the new web version, for correct answers the translations at the bottom are green text on green background. The default font for the translation is also small in that area. These combine to make the text hard to read, especially if the language uses accents.
It never ceases to amaze me that there are web designers who think that low contrast text is easy to read.
I agree. I wish that the activity stream would came back or they would add something similar.
I agree we need more interaction between users – something like private messages or chats. Many people want to find language partners which is almost impossible now especially that we can't (or at least shouldn't) post our email addresses, fb accounts etc.
Also it would be great to have more exercises in duo labs. And it's the matter of time, I believe. The stories are great, and I hope writing exercises will be next. Something like old livemocha used to have (to those who knew and used it when it existed)
There are people who post their stories here in the forums so other users could read and correct them, but we lack any tools to do it faster and easier – our comments become unreadable or we have to deal with formatting codes.
I agree: A tab like that would be great. But I also want a tab where you could talk with other people around the world. You could make a ''discussion'' on that tab asking for someone to talk with, or asking if anyone wanted help with a language, and you would get a notification when someone replied.
"a tab where you can message friends on Duolingo, instead of making a discussion... ...so then, you can privately talk to friends."
There used to be exactly that, the Activity stream. Sadly they had to delete it several months ago because it was causing strain on the site... I miss it.