Leaving the forums
With my luck, this will be downvoted into oblivion too.
Now with that out of the way, after some serious consideration, I decided to leave the Duolingo forums until my 3rd Duoversary.
...Er, ALL of my discussions have been downvoted to the point where I feel like I haven't been contributing to Duolingo at all, nor am I appreciated here on Duolingo. sniff
My suggestion to add a desktop app to Duolingo? Gone. My guide on how to make sure you're not locked out of your account? Deleted. My idea to have .gif images as your profile picture? You know the answer.
So I decided to leave the forums for a while. Specifically, until my next Duoversary. I will return to the forums after that date, but until then, I will have no discussions, no comments, no nada. Just pure learning on Duolingo.
EDIT: I will spend one last day on the forums with you guys! hugs you all
2ND EDIT: Extra hug to those who have supported me by upvoting my discussions. You guys rock!!
Actually, that is very good that you are purely focusing on learning. That used to be me; I never entered the discussions in the past, but that was because I was absolutely oblivious to the existence of the discussion tab, even though it was in plain sight. I'm glad you are focusing on learning and I'm sorry you had a bad experience here. The Duolingo community is one of the greatest communities I have been a part of, and I hope to see your return, when you want to come back. ^ ^
Good luck in your language studies, in the meantime!
(Also, downvotes are not meant to say anything about your character. In most cases, it means someone disagrees with you or in other cases it means a user believes another user is breaking the guidelines. They are not meant to be taken so seriously that it makes a statement on your worth. Just thought you should know that.)
These changes are not purely accidental: they are (at least partly) a result of a concerted effort by the Duolingo team. It began with the elimination of Immersion and Activity Stream a year or so ago. There was a huge outcry among dedicated users -- to no avail, and a number of advanced users, whose participation in the forums was very valuable, have simply left. I can tell you that this was a watershed event as far as the quality of users' input went. This was an intentional design decision by the Duolingo team: they had figured out that much of the traffic on their servers resulted form a small base of dedicated users. So they simply cut it off. At around the same time they began a concerted push towards Doulingo for schools. Given that their original money-making model based on "crowd-sourcing" translations failed, they turned to relying on ads and paid subscriptions. In order for ads to be profitable, you need to appeal to a large number of casual users, not a small base of dedicated ones, and hence the hordes of school kids. And now they went further and killed the bell notifications for anything useful, e.g. someone answering your question etc., rendering discussions more useless by making them harder to meaningfully follow. My feeling is that they want to do away with discussions altogether (to make it easier on their servers?).
So, I stand by my "Well done Duolingo!" comment.
P.S. How did you manage to respond to your own post? I did not have an option of responding to it.
Well, if you look at this discussion, you will see that they removed it because they were having sever problems almost to the point that their server might quit. Also, the bell notification might just be a Bug like some of the other bugs that have appeared since they did the discussion center update on Oct 3rd. I'm not saying this is for a fact, I am just suggesting it, because you've been on here a lot longer than I have, and I don't want to make myself look like an dummy ;) I'm also not old enough to know what you are talking about the school stuff :) P.s I usually only post a comment another section over if I am in a more serious discussion. That way it keeps the comment more in order in the event of my comment being downvoted or upvoted. Also, it only started letting me do this after the update on Oct 3rd. I think it is just a bug, but I still use it anyhow ;) I can tell you, but I don't know if to many people should know, because it might be a big problem for moderators. Let me see if I can explain it. Comment to this discussion tree, then the 'reply' will you see
HI Zirkul, What you said is partially true. But anyone can point out the bad things about stuff all day long, so just look at the bright side of it. Sure, there are some people that do that, but I wouldn't say "Well done, Duolingo", because It's not Duolingo's fault. There are still a lot of good useres, like (I know some, but it would be way to much work to name them). Anyhow, it's definitely not Duo's fault ;)
A Duoversery is an anniversary for joining Duolingo. You can find the date you joined by going to settings and hitting "Profile".
You made some posts, and they were downvoted. Those show no more than differences in opinion. But the upvotes I see here on this post are what really speaks to your value as a member of duolingo. I hope you remember this and enjoy being on duolingo whether you focus on learning or participate in the forums as well.
Awww, I like your posts and comments. (≧‿≦) hugs
See you in February. ❤
Here is a good ol' hug from me http://positivefoodie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/love.jpg just click on the link
Hi! You can post pictures by using this format: !(link to image). (◕‿◕)
I'm sorry that is happening and I empathize. It might not look like it, but, several of my discussions have gotten down voted until they disappear, sometimes they get 20 or more down votes. Sometimes, it comes in waves where everything I post sinks immediately beyond -5.
I hope you will come back again after your break. And, hopefully to a better reception. hugs (If a hug is ok.)
Yes, the downvoting has gotten considerably worse as the site became more popular. If you said that you were new 3 years ago, you would get lots of upvotes and lingots. Today, if I created a new account and said I was new, well, I'm going to put this in a title:
WELCOME TO DOWNVOTE CITY!
At the height of the Human Empire, Emperor Anakim Yehudiah III ordered all duotrigintillion humans spread throughout the universe to mourn in commemoration of LeiferB's 3-month break from the Duolingo forums in the ancient Gregorian calendar years 2017-2018 A.D. No one understands why he did this and it still perplexes historians to this very day.
Desktop app? Unless the courses are available offline, there's no need for it.
Gif images unnecessary. We should focus on language learning rather than advertising ourselves.
This isn't some bitcoin wallet, but i am eager to learn about your solution.