https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

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.

Why? Lots-

...

...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.

-LeiferB

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!!

October 25, 2017

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

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.)

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

I am fully aware of this, but there's been a pattern with this. So I thought that this would be good for me.

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

A pattern? This post was not downvoted. Certainly there are indeed people who appreciate you. ^ ^

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

Like you! But, in my opinion, the only reason this is getting upvoted is because this isn't a suggestion of any kind.

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

Your suggestions are not being downvoted because people don't want you here, but because they disagree with your suggestion, I have seen on your discussions that most of the time people give reasons for why they disagree/downvoted

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zirkul
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@DreamOfFlying

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.

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zirkul
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Or else, because Duolingo now caters to schools, which entails an influx of a very particular kind of participants. Everything you may hate about teen behaviour on thier favourite platforms is now here on Duolingo forums.
Well done, Duolingo!

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

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

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

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 ;)

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

And I might have misunderstood comment, so if I did, just tell me ;)

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

I hope to see you here again, when you are ready!

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

What is a 3rd Duoversary?

October 26, 2017

[deactivated user]

    A Duoversery is an anniversary for joining Duolingo. You can find the date you joined by going to settings and hitting "Profile".

    October 26, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      You're welcome, sweetie. (^‿^)

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Oh, ok. Thanks :)

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      When it's been 3 years since I created this account. Look in my bio for when I created this account.

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Well, I hope you get some good studying in. Three years is a long time ;) I'll see you when you get back. :D

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

      First, this is my last post of the year.

      @DreamOfFlying, it isn't 3 years, silly! xD February 25 2018 is when I return to the forums.

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Oh right, I forgot that. Then, I'll see you when you get back in 4 months :) Wow, thats a lot shorter than 3 years ;D

      October 26, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Arachnje

      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.

      October 25, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

      I couldn't have said it any better. ^ ^

      October 25, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

      Well you did ;) (Not saying anything bad about Arachnje, I like her post to) :D

      October 26, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        Awww, I like your posts and comments. (≧‿≦) hugs
        See you in February. ❤

        October 25, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

        ¡Adios! <3

        October 25, 2017

        [deactivated user]

          Hasta pronto, cariño. (◕‿◕)♡

          October 25, 2017

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

          :'( Hope you come back soon. You're an awesome member of the community, and all the downvoters are just stupid idiots. The community here, including me, are going to miss you. Until your next duoversary, goodbye! :(

          October 26, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

          I should do this too honestly. I have had little time lately and I've been wasting it here (no offense to you all).

          October 26, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

          Yeah, I should do it to. But the thing is, it's just to hard to ;)

          October 26, 2017

          https://www.duolingo.com/.Angel.Bubbles.

          Here is a good ol' hug from me http://positivefoodie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/love.jpg just click on the link

          October 25, 2017

          [deactivated user]

            Hi! You can post pictures by using this format: ![](link to image). (◕‿◕)

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

            So your link becomes

            October 26, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/TylordAlmighty

            same

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/lolp3633

            sorry about the forums, there are definitely some people that will just downvote without looking :( it's not a good system. Just know that your comments weren't deleted because of your ideas :)

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/Derpy_Learner.

            don't worry bout it,it doesn't prove ANYTHING about you

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

            The ideas you had were all right (the .gif one is a "meh" from me), but a bunch of downvotes doesn't mean people don't like you.

            October 26, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

            LeiferB,

            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.)

            October 27, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/.Angel.Bubbles.

            I will fallow you and keep you company! : ^ )

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

            Thanks! <3 Hugs for you. hug

            October 26, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/Derpy_Learner.

            sorry,theres just some crazy people out here,ill follow you

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

            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!

            Population: LeiferB

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/disneygirl55

            when ever i post people are always - 1 -29 on my posts

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/disneygirl55

            WOW all these people will miss you i bet 1,000,000,00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ect will mis you + me hugs BYEEEE

            October 25, 2017

            https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

            that's pretty funny actually!

            October 26, 2017

            [deactivated user]

              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.

              October 26, 2017

              https://www.duolingo.com/disneygirl55

              thank i like being funny!!!

              October 26, 2017

              https://www.duolingo.com/periculosum

              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.

              October 27, 2017

              https://www.duolingo.com/betarage

              Yea all my stuff gets deleted too because i got just 5 dislikes this is a very bad system i will not use it anymore there was a lot of useful stuff on here they can easily fix this by getting real moderators and not auto deleting un popular posts before reading what they are about.

              October 25, 2017

              https://www.duolingo.com/DreamOfFlying

              "They can easily fix this by getting real moderators and not auto deleting unpopular posts before reading what they are about" What are you talking about?

              October 26, 2017

              https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

              Duolingo has real moderators. And, I think you have the system confused. Nothing gets "autodeleted" if it is unpopular; nothing gets autodeleted in general. If your post gets five downvotes or more it will virtually "disappear", but it will not be deleted unless a moderator actually removes it.

              Mods indeed read posts before removing them. They have to know if it abides to the guidelines. If they did not have the capacity to do that, they would not even be mods. They are not as cruel as you think they are. They clean and and keep the forums orderly so that we don't endure issues while participating. Plus, they do it out of their own will and time, which deserves some respect, at least.

              October 26, 2017
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