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PSA: Attention Alpha Testers

Dear Alpha Testers,

Disclaimer: Staff have not asked me to make this announcement. I'm not sure they are aware of the situation just yet and I want to get a jump on this right away. (If any information I've posted is incorrect, I'll updated it. So, press "follow discussion" if you intend to.)

I've been seeing and removing various posts from alpha testers that are in violation of their agreement with Duolingo. (If you have direct permission to share something about a course you are alpha testing, please append a small note saying as much, so forum moderators are aware. ^_^)

If you've been invited to be an Alpha tester for a course, please honor your agreement with Duolingo and do not post anything about the course without direct permission from staff. You may have seen posts from alpha testers in the past and so I can understand there may be some confusion about. Just know that things are changing and that affects what you can post.

Not publishing information about the course, in my current understanding, includes (but may not be limited to) how many skills it has, the names of those skills, what kind of character input it's asking for, what vocabulary is included etc. I even recommend asking staff before mentioning that a course has entered Alpha testing, unless staff have made an official announcement about it in the forum or already given you permission to mention it.

I don't want to see anyone removed from their alpha testing position. That would be a total bummer. So, just consider anything and everything about alpha testing confidential unless staff states otherwise.

Thank you for reading!

October 21, 2017

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliecaesar

Thank you usagiboy, this is really helpful. It would be great if the Duolingo staff could send a little more information to alpha testers regarding what they can share. I mean, I assume it's pretty obvious to everyone that sharing screenshots is not OK, but I never thought it might also be against the rules to share that a course has entered alpha testing and that a user was selected for that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/only_human

Actually an alpha tester leaks the fact that they are testing in the flag list that accompanies any discussion post.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

A picture of the Chinese course:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

This PSA is for the benefit of alpha testers across all courses in which alpha testers have agreed not to share any information.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lemniscatarum

Good luck to the alpha testers!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

Thank you Lemniscatarum! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Has any alpha tester had to sign a NDA non disclosure agreement (even electronically on registration or course add/login)?

Does the DuoLingo staff make it 100% transparent for testers, what is allowed and what is not allowed?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arachnje

Actually, accepting to participate in Alpha testing is itself binding, according to this portion of the email that we've got:

And there is an email address to contact if we have any questions or feedback.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeskeH

I was invited, too, yet when I click the link it says that there is no app available for my google account... I tried it with all of my google accounts (I have multiple and can't remember which one I signed up for the alpha test with), but none work. Any idea where I could look up which google account I'd need?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you for all you do [and have done], Usagiboy! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

JOAT2B, I have a small update for you. I've sent it via email. Email will show up as "Message from a moderator."


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