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New Avatar Rings for Moderators?

You may have noticed the new rings around some profile pictures here in the forums.

Our Global Ambassador program is rolling out, and now you can see the rings recognizing people who dedicate time, skill, and love to Duolingo so that you can enjoy your language learning experience as much as possible.

There are four types of Global Ambassador:

  • Forum Moderators
  • Course Contributors
  • Teacher Ambassadors
  • Event Hosts

All of these now have a visible green or gold avatar ring in the forums and on their profile. You can hover over each person to see which type of Ambassador they are. Moderators will additionally have a “MOD” flair show up next to their picture if they can moderate in that particular forum.

Join us in thanking all Global Ambassadors for sharing their time with the Duolingo community!

More about Global Ambassadors here

Related: Golden Moderator jrikhal’s post about this

November 15, 2017



Hi HelpfulDuo,

Thank you for the updates regarding this, since I'm assuming a lot of users will be wondering about these recent changes. I must admit, the new rings look great. :)

An enormous thank you goes to all of the Global Ambassadors!


Thanks for the recognition


Hey, I was just, like, wondering how you come become moderator/ambassador/any of them


Click here to check out information on this.


The green ring also looks nice. Thank you! :)


Broccoli has never looked so boring


Broccoli looks GREAT ! It is WONDERFUL to see you here.

I have just recently been doing some work in the Greek course, and it also included:

το μπρόκολο / ΤΟ ΜΠΡΌΚΟΛΟ



Such a lovely new feature! Thank you Duo team for making Global Ambassadors easy to spot in the forums, the new rings look super slick.


Thank you Global Ambassadors!!


Hi! Thanks for all the great work. Do you know what happened to Duolingo's Russian font? Starting this morning the letters are all so far apart it is hard to read words.


It should be solved AFAIK as Duo reverted the change that provoked the issue.


Wee! ^_^ These golden rings look so great! Thanks to whole staff and fellow ambassadors! ^^


Oooh, nice, shiny and golden.


You picked me to include in your post! I'm super happy!!!

The new rings look great.


There's also "mod" next to your username ;)


The gold looks great next to the giraffe ;)


Well Lrtward, you are worth your weight in gold :)


Is there are way to find out if you have been denied to be a mod after applying? I applied about a month ago and would like to know, if I am denied, will I receive an email telling me this?


The rings do look great! Look at your streak!! -4 to 400!


Ooh, these rings are really nice!


I am guessing the teacher one is something to do with the classroom feature. Do you have any safety nets in place to stop random people setting up their own classrooms to become teachers to get the circle?


Yes they have as it's not anyone creating a classroom who has an Ambassador ring but the users who applied then were selected by Duolingo to be a "Teacher Ambassador". You can read more about Teacher Ambassadors in the Support Pages' article "Apply to Become a Teacher Ambassador".


How about the event hosts? I imagine, that with time there will be more and more events, do they all get the Ambassador ring and is there something in place to avoid people from only applying to get the ring, but never really setting up a meeting?


Yep! Every Event Host is vetted and trained by staff, and we stay in touch making sure that they have what they need to run awesome successful events, which we see them doing through our events platform. :)


Thanks for clarifying, vivisaurus!


And just for those who perhaps may be reading this, and are not aware of this program. Check out Events


Yes, for sure. We have to go through a whole onboarding process. :)


That's great then, thanks.


I already said it in jrikhal's post, but I'll say it here, since it's stickied and more people will read it: I'm all for recognizing the awesome people who do so much to make this work! But.. (yeah, there's a but)

I think mods should be easier to spot than just by a flare. Maybe they should get their own colour or a shield instead of the globe something like that. Since the display is mainly for the people using discussions, the people who have a responsibility here, as someone who helps and who's answer to problems or questions about the guidelines hold some additional value, should be spotted by a glance, even from the topic overview and not just with a grey flare or a hover. Especially if the number of people with rings rises, through events etc.

I fear it could otherwise get confusing for newbies or even folks who've been here longer but either don't know everyone, go to a different subforum or just don't pay the attention.


Oh, cool! They look pretty good!


New to the community but thank you very much to the mods contributing and making things exciting! Long live Duolingo :D


I never thought people can learn so much languages.Its pretty impressive!


yeah I did just notice that .


This new update makes me want to blast Mika's "We Are Golden" on repeat.


respect for your language skills and dedication


A lot of languages


Cool! Aaaaaaaaaand Can't believe you've don't so many languages...

[deactivated user]


    :D sideways smiley


    Thank you Global Ambassadors


    Thanks for your work! I really appreciate how nice all the mods and admin are :)


    These new rings look awesome!


    I am 23percent fluent in german thanks to duo, I will now put you in my description!! Keep it up!!!


    Sending you a - kanga hug - in celebration at your achievement.


    How do you earn a ring?


    If you go to this discussion : https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33395127
    By clicking on the blue writing above.

    It will explain more about the rings.


    I don't see them.............?


    Thank you everyone! Especially Sitesurf and Daniel for going the extra mile!


    Thank you, good information.


    How do you become one of these?


    Does anyone know what the blue heart ring around a profile picture means?


    Hi --Husky--,

    see one of those Support Pages' articles:

    Note: When you're experiencing a problem/bug/glitch on Duolingo or more generally have a question about how Duolingo works (or should work), please do the following before creating a new discussion:

    1. start by looking if there is a solution described in the Support Pages.
      If there are no solutions there,
    2. Use the forum search-engine to search for older discussions about the same subject. Don’t hesitate to make various searches with different keywords and make searches combining several keywords/expressions using standard logical operators (&&, ||) and/or quote marks.
      If you don’t find anything,
    3. read in the Troubleshooting forum the last days new messages — scroll down (and read) a few pages of the tab “New” of said forum — to see if anyone has already started a discussion about the same issue. If nothing in the “New” tab, try the "Popular" tab of the same forum.
      If nothing there,
    4. check the few sticky messages of the "General" forum (for English speakers) to see if there is an announcement related to your issue.
      If still nothing,
    5. post your question in the Troubleshooting forum.


    jrikhal, thank you for the suggestions. I personally have done 90% of my Duolingo on my phone app, so I am not good at searching through the right places, have just been frustrated trying to find the proper place to address MY problem; maybe you can help guide me? I have seen FAQ about losing streaks, but NOT LINGOTS!

    Yesterday when I was "upgraded" to CROWNS, my Lingot total went from 4905 to 490. That seems like the last digit was just dropped somehow, but 4,415 Lingots is a LOT to have disappear with no recourse! As of today, April 9, 2018, my Android phone app still has the correct total for proof, but I saw on a discussion that some users' phone apps were ALSO being updated without users wanting the change. ¡Me ayuda, por favor!

    I also have suggested as an improvement, keep hoping someone at Duo will make something like this happen, for Lingots be able to buy useful fun items (dressing the owl is useless), like longer streak freezes for vacations (say, after going 500 days straight), or T-shirts with Duo funny sentences, like "Mi oso comíó tu pingúino," or, "Sí, mi elefante absolutamente lo hizo!" in the most common languages. (I hope I said those correctly; can the pronoun go there?) Users everywhere would know a Duo-user on sight with shirts like that - great advertising! - something like 100 Lingots could be combined with money shipping and handling to support your site.

    As an aside, I saw recently a lot of my suggested translations have been accepted, and perhaps that's why I saw I had a little golden ring on my home page, where the XP levels are posted, but not here? It must be for my willingness and many posts helping with English grammar, over the three or four years I've enjoyed the site, because I am only a casual user in my Spanish studies. Since they stopped letting us post from the phone app, I have missed that feature so much! My thanks to those of you who help with Spanish and with technical issues, with which I am not good at all!


    How can get it


    This looks great on mods duo but isn't it time you make rings for your self so it is that bit more fair. Trust me I am not a mod to say that but it should be that bit more fair because you work just as hard as them and you have not had any ring updates. If you make these updates then please can I request 1 thing? Junior mods with silver rings?

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