I want the bots back!!
I loved the feature of bots because it enables you to have a conversation without the stress of making mistakes, since you are not talking to a real person. They also camed in different topics, like birthdays, shopping, etc. They had additional vocabulary. It was a lot of fun and I would like to have them back.
And... why were they taken out?
I am fairly new to Duolingo, so the change to crowns has not been quite so disruptive for me - though I did find it excruciating to have to go through the mindnumbing repetitions of ‘rich and calm men’ et cetera in the basics levels. But I too loved the bots. I thought it was a brilliant way of forcing learners to form and speak sentences on the hoof, as it were, as part of real-life conversations - a much harder activity than translating by typing and arguably a more immediately useful skill to have under one’s belt. Replying to the bots really gave my brain a workout, and I enjoyed the variety of approaches in the previous system. From what I have seen of the new system so far, there seems to be much less variation in learning approach. I really hope the developers bring back the bots soon. I very much enjoy the stories too, and hope these don’t disappear in the new system!
Redirected here from a similar thread. I know the bots might have been experimental, but I really hope Duolingo brings back the bots. They were really helpful for developing conversational skills and fun to complete. Obviously there was room to improve, but I don't think they were given a fair chance. They weren't available on Andriod and unlike the stories there were only a couple new bots a week. I don't know about other people, but I would hold off in completing them all right away so I could save some for later in the week.
Please keep in mind that this Bots change is unrelated to Crowns.
Just speculation, but it could be a small test to see what happens when they are removed given other recent changes. They're gone for me, too, but the fact that this thread hasn't attracted much of a following indicates that maybe this isn't something that affects all that many. (Of course app-focused users are much less likely to turn up in the forums.)
I have no idea if this was intended or not, but there is no guarantee that features introduced will be maintained forever. Bots are obviously a pretty unique feature of Duolingo, perhaps pretty far away technology-wise from most of what Duolingo does. They apparently haven't been popular enough to even make it worthwhile to expand them to Android. If they were really a usage driver, I suspect they would have been.
If people are e.g. liking skill levels a lot more than they ever liked bots, Duolingo might well find it worthwhile to redirect staff energy to working on the many remaining issues there over further development of bots. Sure, they could just leave them in place for now, but over time things need to be maintained just to keep working, so even such maintenance can eventually not be worth the effort (just look at Immersion and Activity streams).
I agree! The loss of bots is horrible for me - they were my favorite part of the app and the only part where you can offer answers that are not strictly linear. Without bots, I've started looking for other apps to fill the "language speaking" void. Duolingo is too written-language focused. We definitely need more speaking practice.
I TOTALLY AGREE! I seriously did not mind getting the Crown leveling system. While it annoyed me that I could not see my estimated fluency level, I was happy to see something new. It did not bother me much until I noticed that the chatbots left! These bots must have taken a seriously long time to program and make available. Why would Duolingo take them away? They were really helpful for learning German and I am curious and upset as to why they would remove them from the app.
Here's what I guess passes for the latest official word: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002594432-What-happened-to-the-Chatbots-
I also loved the bots. It really helped me on the grammar portions of language learning, but they also help with speaking too. I saw a FAQ answer on Duolingo, that said they'd bring it back soon though:
Nothing new yet, sorry. Last word on bots was this: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002594432-What-happened-to-the-Chatbots-
More than a year later, I miss the bots still. They were quite useful specially since there is nobody I can practice my French with. Still have saved screenshots.
I reckon they weren't that popular because apparently they were on iOS only and even there not marketted enough.
Can't you Duo guys at least bring the existing set back for those of us who want to go through the conversations again? Put on the iOS or on desktop in a separate tab like Stories and Podcasts? No need to maintain, just leave there as archive practice!
I am a relatively new user, but I decided to use Duo because I heard about the amazing "bot" feature and downloaded the iOs app just so I could have access to it. I then scrutinized the entire app trying to find the feature...After reading all of these comments, I realized that it doesn't exist anymore! I'm sure everyone else feels equally disappointed and confused by this.
I really would appreciate it if somebody from Duo would make an UPDATED, OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE BOTS AND WHEN/IF THEY'LL RETURN (I did read the Help Center post but it didn't elaborate much).
I completely missed the bots feature, and I want them back! The best way to learn a language is to use it in a normal, daily way. The bots provided that learning style. Especially if they were like everyday conversations I could have with myself. Like, how much longer are you gonna be, and what else do you need to do before you're ready?