Why was the activity stream taken off the menu bar?

I have not been on Duolingo for a while, but when I visited a few days ago it was gone. I'm just curious if any of you guys know the reason.

December 8, 2017


1) New Scala 2017 web portal has no chat code like the old Python portal.

2) They turned OFF the "Activity stream" on the old portal 2-3 months ago, even before they migrated.

Looks like the servers also did not have the required power anymore to serve million of users with streams
-> high latency, bottle necks, they had to shutdown the stream several times (this was one of the offical reasons in threads from staff).

December 8, 2017

Thanks for your explanation. Great streak. I have sort of given up on Duo, but I am loosing my Spanish, This is the cheapest way to get back in the saddle. Once I couldn’t have (public) individual conversations with people like my buddy on Cuba, I lost interest.

December 9, 2017

It went a long time ago. Far too much spam, I think, put too much pressure on DL administration.

December 8, 2017

Duolingo's activity stream function was turned off, as an emergency measure:

Luis has said that they're working on an alternative system.

December 9, 2017

Hi Hugh,

oh cool, you found it!

Google tagged it as "Activity Stream Announcement".

But - as always - with this discussion forum: Error 404

December 9, 2017
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