https://www.duolingo.com/Nevfy

How to change an administrator of a Club?

The creator of my current Club is going to quit. As we expect the Club will be automatically closed. Isn't it? If so, is it possible to change an administrator of the Club? BTW, if not, it could be a good feature to add... Otherwise, to keep the "same" Club, we will have to create it again and invite peoples one by one. Is it the best solution (the only one existing) in such case?

February 8, 2018

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/40ShadesOfGreen

When the current administrator leaves, a new one is automatically assigned. It will most likely be the oldest member of the club, i.e. the person who was the first to join.

February 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevfy

Thanks! You were right, a new administrator was automatically assigned. Nevertheless, it seems to be a random choice of the person (at least I can not see any reason of choosing this gay): he is neither the oldest nor the youngest member of the Club, his nickname doesn't start from the earliest (as well as the latest) letter in the alphabet, he has neither the maximum nor the minimum points, etc.

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/scuddycat

And this is problematic. This happened in our club. The person that got automatically assigned was inactive so we didn't have anyone to manage our club. We had to start a new one and invite everyone to join (which was very hard to do because you can't create a club if you are still in one and you can't communicate with anyone in the old club once you leave)! We had to get everyone's email address so we had a way to communicate outside of duolingo, create the new club and then email everyone the club code. Painful :(

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

We had to get everyone's email address so we had a way to communicate outside of duolingo, create the new club and then email everyone the club code. Painful :(

Advice:

  • Next time, use each a temporary, disposable email address to share the new club code instead of sharing your personal email addresses.

Edited an hour later.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/scuddycat

I used a disposable email address for myself. I have no idea what others used. But why does Duolingo make us jump through these hoops to communicate with each other? As long as there is a way to block unwanted messages, then harassment shouldn't be a reason to prevent us from communicating with each other. The clubs are there to enhance our learning but they are so poorly implemented that it makes it very difficult :(

February 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

But why does Duolingo make us jump through these hoops to communicate with each other?

The clubs are there to enhance our learning but they are so poorly implemented that it makes it very difficult :(

My personal opinion:

  • These are the consequences of using a feature that is totally free of charge.
  • Duolingo only has 95 employees, who are designing a lot of projects. "Clubs" is only one of them, and it is still under continuing development.

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Probably it is better to think about a simple and safe workaround for this issue in the Clubs. For instance:

GOOD in your workaround

  • You and the other active club members found a simple workaround
  • You did not clutter Duolingo's discussion forums to announce the club code of your new club

Partially UNSAFE and totally against the Duolingo's Community Guidelines in your workaround

  • Sharing (temporary, disposable) email addresses in a Duolingo environment

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Challenge for all the Duolingo Club members

How to make a simple and safe workaround, without using email addresses and other private data?

Please, only comment to this challenge by suggesting a simple and safe workaround for:

  • a "club with a few active members, who want to stay together
  • but don't have an active administrator in the club
  • and they want to choose their own new administrator"
  • and they don't want to violate Duolingo's Community Guidelines by sharing (temporary, disposable) email addresses or other private data
    https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines
February 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevfy

Well,the first thing that comes to my mind is to share a new Club's code via Online Notepad service. In brief, it allows to create a page with a text and to share the link to that page. The to do list: (1) you create an empty page in this Service, (2) you publish its link in your current Club, (3) you quit the Club, (4) you create your own Club, (5) you copy an invitation code of your new Club and put it into the Notepad page (you just modify an existing page the link at which you have already published), (6) everybody in your old Club knows a code of the new Club, (7) Profit!. I don't know any such good services in English, so I just googled for it. For example: shrib.com. Here is the example: https://shrib.com/?v=md#UplDVz6L0qdhdvDhx.RC The link is available during 3 months. There are several doubts of using this service (but I guess you can find the other one as well): (1) minor one - to made this page read-only you have to create an account with your e-mail address (which will not be shared to anybody according to the Terms of Use); (2) major one - there is an Ad at the top of the page, to remove it you have to pay about 12 euro per year, however, you can benefit from a two week free trial period, which is more than enough to do all the operations described above.

February 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/scuddycat

Interesting idea. I googled for a service and found "https://justpaste.it/". A free service. I created a test link at https://justpaste.it/1h6ws . If you click that link you will see my test :). Clever idea. Thanks! I may create a page for our French club. That said, I'll have to think about how I'd use it. It would certainly work for the case proposed to move everyone over to a new club. Now that I'm the admin, I want existing (active) users to be able to find us again if they get dropped by mistake, but I also want to be able to kick out inactive members to make room for active ones. Not sure if or how I can achieve that. And one last thing, not sure if it is just me, but IMHO DuoLingo guidelines are a little too harshly worded. Sure, be cautious about sharing your email address, but to have your account potentially removed if you do seems a little extreme.

February 16, 2018
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