https://www.duolingo.com/DavidMatus7

Error in German and discussion is locked

In German 'Dative Case,' the sentence Die Katze gibt einer Frau einen Rock. accepts the translation The cat gives a woman a skirt. but rejects the translation The cat gives a skirt to a woman. Instead, it has to be The cat gives a skirt to one woman.

Why is the discussion locked?

1 year ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BobTheTriangle

There could be many reasons why a discussion is locked. Usually it's because the discussion became too popular, and attracted too much spam so the moderators locked it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cazort
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This is a poor way to control spam...avoids solving the problem and hurts legitimate users in the process.

Public blacklists like AbuseIPDB can do wonders. Not only do they already list most of the worst offending IP's, but whenever you catch spam you decrease the likelihood of any more spam getting through from that IP.

And that's only one of many tools people have up their sleeve. There are CAPTCHA's for unregistered users, filtering of the content of the message.

Stripping tags for users with levels below a certain threshold also is a nearly-flawless way to eliminate the incentive / benefit for the spammers.

I have a huge spam problem with several of my websites, but it's easy to stay on top of if you're clever. After 8 years of running my site, I still have a zero rate of false positives and my anti-spam systems now catch 99.9% of the stuff I get submitted through web forms these days...and each message that gets through allows me to tweak the system, so it keeps getting better.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo
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You are correct with your translation and if you indicate this they might change the accepted answers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LateBlt
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Just to clarify, by "indicate this", I think gatiquo means to use the "My answer should be correct" option, not to post about it in a message thread. =)

1 year ago

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I have encountered a number of these locked discussions and they bother me when I want to post a question. It's like, if there was some other problem, can't they fix / address the real problem, instead of hurting us users by a "baby-with-bathwater" type fix?

It's like, oh, we have a problem with school shootings? Let's just close all the schools...

1 year ago
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