Voting for New Languages With Lingots
I have a suggestion. I think users should be able to vote for the next new language with lingots. We know from the various discussion threads that there are many qualified people willing to work on nearly any language out there. Since those who use duolingo the most tend to have more lingots, this would be an effective way to figure out which courses people would actually use in the future.
I'm afraid Duolingo is more interested in bringing new users than giving more options to the current users. So while it makes sense from our point of view, it doesn't from their point of view. They can use our votes as a very loose gauge of general interest in the language, but I wouldn't expect anything more.
That's a long list of languages you have, multiple ones over level 10 impressive.
Very clever idea, filter out the less dedicated folks as they have fewer lingots giving those that are really dedicated a stronger vote leading to new languages courses that will actually be learned.
I like the way you think, full support for the idea.
Maybe I misunderstand how duolingo works. But it was my impression that other than a few core languages, the courses are created by users. So basically, if there are native speakers of a language and they are willing to put in the work to create a course, aren't they able? Does duolingo deny qualified people the ability to set up a course even if there are willing creators?