I hate 404 redirects. Please stop deleting posts.

I'm curious what was said in this discussion before it was removed:
"German Just Got Way Dumber (WTF, DuoLingo is ruining EVERYTHING on the site)"

And why so many 404?? I doubt it was spam.

December 12, 2017


I presume it was because this post contained the word 'duтb', which DL's profanity filter apparently inexplicably objects to (evidently 'dumber' is permissible, however).

Edit: indeed, replying to my own post using this word appears to render it invisible to anyone but me.

December 12, 2017

Now posts that were visible before have been invisible, including my link to the OED. Well done, Savonarola, whoever you are here. A language site that bans dictionary definitions of words that are not construed as offensive, vulgar or anything else objectionable.

So my speculation that the problem was with the acronym instead was wrong. Or we have a rogue mod deleting the perfectly respectable posts on this thread.

eta and now I can see them again. I don't know about others but I have had general problems with posts appearing and disappearing and reappearing over the past week. Maybe it's just the system being borked. Again.

December 12, 2017

Did it show up after you replied to my first comment? (Merely up- or down-voting a thread no longer appears to work for this.) When I create a new account and view this thread, the part starting with my 'test' is still hidden; I think it is still only visible to those who have posted replies to a post higher up in that hierarchy.
It is a particularly annoying form of censorship in that the censorship itself is concealed from the person being censored, and compounded by the fact that it is incompetently applied to random innocuous words that no reasonable person would think to avoid.

The system only seems to care about particular discrete words, rather than the same words appearing in a longer string, so your hyperlink probably didn't trigger it.

December 12, 2017

It was all over the place. At one point it went from about 7 to 3 posts. Still can't see the dictionary link. Which means that duo thinks 0umbfounded and 0umbstruck are rude words but has no issue with the consonant string that I thought might have been an issue. I think we all know what this makes duo.

It is a particularly annoying form of censorship in that the censorship itself is concealed from the person being censored, and compounded by the fact that it is incompetently applied to random innocuous words that no reasonable person would think to avoid. There's a lot of divide and rule going on at the moment, isn't there. And sheer blithering idiocy. They censor the mildest of mild exclamations (and plain normal words that are not ejaculations or expletives at all) but allow language that is racist, sexist and all manner of offensive.

December 12, 2017

Let me try your link again; I'd be dumbstruck and dumbfounded if this applies to strings:

Edit: visible to me logged out.

December 26, 2017

Honestly, the lunatics really have taken over the asylum.

December 12, 2017


December 13, 2017

Let me test this: dumb.

December 12, 2017

Your comment was revealed after commenting.

December 12, 2017

visible. I should imagine the acronym may have been more relevant, actually. But I wanted to read it too.

December 12, 2017

If it's an auto filter shouldn't mine and yours be filtered as well? We both used dumb and dumber now.

Edit: Interesting thing is that for a few seconds after commenting I was able to view your test comment. I even commented on it. It is now hidden again including my comment there.

December 12, 2017
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Poor Duo have seen better days.

It breaks my heart to see him with the crutch and that bandage on his head every day :(

December 13, 2017

Duolingo has moderators that have their own understanding of the word "Discussion". I have experienced that the moderators here are incredibly rude sounding. Now a days I dont even bother commenting.

December 12, 2017

Some very good ones too (though they've lost some of those of late). It's a great shame it's such a mixed bag.

December 12, 2017

And yet it seems like every fourteen-year-old who's used the site for three months is obliged to make a "how can I be a moderator" post, often misspelling moderator.

December 12, 2017

You could sometimes be forgiven for thinking they've given in to those.

December 12, 2017

I may be a minority when I say this, but I think that phrase "WTF, DuoLingo is ruining EVERYTHING on the site" is pretty aggressive and is pretty much making fun of Duolingo. The person writing the post could have put something more constructive, like: "Why is Duolingo doing..." or "I have a tip to make Duolingo better!"

If someone came up to me and said I ruin everything, I would be defensive too.

December 12, 2017

Freiheit des Ausdrucks? In heutigen Zeiten? Spinnst du...

December 12, 2017

Ich denke, "Ausdrucksfreiheit" is das haüfigere Wort... Entweder das oder "Meinungsäußerungsfreiheit". Die beiden hört man aber eher selten in der Praxis. "Meinungsfreiheit" hört man doch öfter, das ist aber nicht "Freedom of expression" (was du hier vmtl. meinst) sondern eher "Freedom of opinion". Also die Meinungen bleiben noch frei, solange man sie nicht äußert.

December 14, 2017

yeah im having the same problem every time i call someone a fat lazy ❤❤❤❤ it keeps getting deleted. cunts have no sense of humor am i right ?

December 12, 2017

TBH, having found the post you're talking about, I suspect they might be seen as spamming.

I responded to a different post by the same user this morning and they were complaining about all the multiple choice questions and how they're not getting anything out of DuoLingo anymore. Others pointed out that the course is a base so eventually you won't get much out of it except as review. I pointed out that the multiple choice questions haven't really hurt/helped me personally because I'm either confident enough in the language that write-in or multiple-choice make no difference, or I'm so new/incompetent to a language (like German) that I can't be saved with multiple choice questions and am having to take notes and review notes anyway.

ETA: They also may be complaining about customer service in general. I think the OP has a point, especially on bug fixes, but TBF, I can also understand that most mods probably don't do any of the coding/programming.

And at $6.79/mo I'm not going to complain because while at Rosetta Stone my issues get resolved, their subscription costs are higher. Plus at DuoLingo I can study as many languages as I want for the same price, while Rosetta Stone makes you pay for each course.


December 16, 2017
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