Downvoting has gone a bit weird

I know it’s kind of useless to dedicate an entire post to downvoting, but I’ve seen a strange trend lately. Downvoting actually is a pretty good system to keep spam out of the discussion forums, but sometimes trolls just downvote anything they see. I had a friend that wasn’t proficient in English and she posted a English paragraph for review. It got 10 downvotes, and she was embarrassed and deleted it straightaway. I don’t think she’s been learning with the same confidence again. Anyway, what do you think? They’re pretty good systems, and I guess I’m complaining about something trivial to Duolingo. I’m not entirely certain.

October 29, 2017


I am glad you brought this up. I have also noticed malicious downvotes in some of the threads. In one thread alone, perfectly relevant and innocuous comments are being downvoted. Situations like this are really unfortunate.

I am not a big fan of the upvote/downvote system. Not every site has to be Reddit.

That said, I think Duo needs to do something to mitigate the negative effects of malicious or random downvoting. This can come in the form of limiting voting privileges to users who have a minimum amount of XPs, a minumum amount of lingots and upvotes earned for good comments made, or something similar. If there is already a threshold, it is obviously not effective and should probably be raised. By a lot.

I'm sorry your friend had to go through that experience.

October 29, 2017

I absolutely agree. There should be something like, you need to complete x many lessons or achieve x much XP to downvote.

October 29, 2017

Ikr I hate it as well. I feel duolingo should make a 10 minute ban on downvoting after actually clicking on the post.

October 29, 2017

the real problem is the chain that's created when one comment gets in the negatives. it has almost no chance of being upvoted because the downvote chain will make people dv it for no reason.

October 31, 2017

One year later it's only gotten worse. Fortunately we got the 'give lingot' system, which can't be negated. I think down/up voting should be removed, and keep the lingot system. Lingots are 'cheap' enough that you can give one to a truly good answer, and 'expensive' enough that you don't go on a lingot spree.

January 31, 2019
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