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Report and then what?

Hello all! So I couldn't figure what happens after you report a mistake in a sentence. Do the moderaters get to read it? I really don't know, and I would like to. Thanks very much!

December 13, 2017



The course contributors read it. Eventually, if your suggestion is accepted, you'll get an email saying thank you. They have tens of thousands of reports, so it will take a while before you hear anything.


I read that only the first user, who has reported the corrected answer, gets an auto-reply.

Of course, this is bulls..., if the same suggestion by other users get all auto-deleted in the Incubator (will it?).

There should have been a 2nd auto-answer like "your report / suggestion / alternative" has already been report by another user....but this is an auto-msg that it was accepted by the system.

How shall the other learners ever know if their report has been handled?

As anomalousjack has already pointed out, old / incorrect sentence reports are often NOT fixed, even after >1 years, like 2,3 or 4 years.

If you click on a discussion you can clearly see that when multiple users wrote, what (or that) they have reported, or the course / forum moderator has suggested to report the alternative answer.


The more people suggest the same thing, the higher up it appears on the list of suggestions that the contributors see. The course contributors can choose to correct or ignore the issue (sometimes the user reporting is not correct, there are many common misconceptions that a group of learners are convinced is to be reported). So the more people reporting the same thing, the more likely the sentence will be corrected. But as Lrtward says, the speed of said corrections depends on the team. They get thousands of reports a day, and they are vastly outnumbered by users. The more mature the course, the more likely it is to already accept and reject most common answers, because the team has had more time to address the more common suggestions. If there is a particular sentence that you are referring to that you know has not been fixed in 4 years, please share with us, I'd be interested to know.


I read that only the first user, who has reported the corrected answer, gets an auto-reply.

That does not appear to be correct: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25486315$comment_id=25487733

Incidentally, they're not really "auto-replies." I have read from a Norwegian contributor that sometimes she will elect to not send a message for a translation that she feels must be accepted due to its technical correctness but that lacks something by way of naturalness or commonality of use.


I think you'll be interested in reading this post about the numbers of replies to reports :)

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