https://www.duolingo.com/issa.mile

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?

Thank you.

April 7, 2018

48 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Melisande28

I agree! I loved the bots. They weren't perfect, but they were fun to use and practice speaking skills with.

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Me too! I miss my bots! Bots and stories are my favourite features! After grammar drills I would reward myself with a bots conversation. Sure they were glitchy sometimes, but overall a great learning tool.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hazel1954

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!

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melisande28

I agree with you totally. Speaking and interacting helps me learn the most - it cements the language in your mind. The bots were helpful for actually learning the language.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/drpeloncito

Duolingo seems to be quite silent on the disappearance of the bots. Why did they remove them????

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

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.)

April 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

So, a bait and switch?

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

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).

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Yep. I am disappointed but I know nothing is guaranteed. I think I had a bit if a sentimental attachment to the bots, so I miss my ‘friends’ but I will get over it. I realize most people didn’t use them that much. I liked this feature enough though, that I am now searching the appstore for anything similar. Oh well, duolingo can do what they like of course, it was just such an innovative feature, it is a shame if it is abandoned.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/issa.mile

I miss them too! I did all the French ones and I wanted to do the German ones, but now they are gone. If you find something similar, please let me know.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/issa.mile

Oh, that explains why some people never had them in the first place. They probably have Android instead of ios.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rfk843817

Just agreeing with all the pro-bots comments here, having been diverted here from another thread. Let’s hope we can help bring action!

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheetara6

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.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Quintale4

Also I would like to know why they removed the bots, they were really useful.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrisK.

Please bring back the bots! I was looking forward to trying them in German, because I feel that I have just attained enough proficiency to benefit from them.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TrishaStull

Just want to throw in my "Bring back the Bots!" sentiment as well!

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PurpleJane

I also loved the bots SO much and found them very helpful. I was so sad to find them gone!

April 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DAO_2468

It took me a while to get into the bots but I do miss them now they’re gone even though there weren’t a lot of them.

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CallaGermanShep4

Yeah the bots were a lot of fun, and I not against the crown system, but why replace the bots with it?!

June 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Please keep in mind that this Bots change is unrelated to Crowns.

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002594432-What-happened-to-the-Chatbots-

June 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Janet149968

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.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Quintale4

Duolingo is a great app, but also in my opinion the bots were the best part of it.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Janet149968

Exactly!

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/James.Carroll

Yes, just so that my voice is not lost, I totally agree. The bots were a useful learning tool. Please bring them back.

April 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

HelpfulDuo posted a reply in a few threads about this:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26892929 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26892406

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/issa.mile

Thank you!

April 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBargf

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.

June 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
June 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fox161284

There's an app called Memrise that has a similar feature to the bots on Duolingo. There are some premium options but the free one is just fine on its own. I feel like the vocabulary is handled a bit better.

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AugustoSub12

I don't know the bots but i want them back.

September 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/momo1211173

I used to go on duoling LITERALLY EVERY DAY but when the bots went the fun went with them i feel like crowns is too much.

<h1>sadlifeforme</h1>
October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LorelaiGrint

Any news on when the bots will be back? Clearly a lot of users were very keen on them! Please bring the bots back :)

December 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk
December 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MartyErwin

I hope this is true. They were a nice tool.

February 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chicadecasa

I agree. I see the faq says something is in the works for the bots, but that was back in April. The bot practice was what really set this app apart from others. I sincerely hope the feature comes back soon!

January 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/yarax2

Bots in language learning is an obvious and revolutionary feature and I was happy that Duolingo made it. Doesnt matter how dummy bots are, I think app users deserve to get it back, it was really very helpful

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

When there is a new glitch attracting a lot of attention, we moderators generally try to find the original post and steer folks towards it so staff can get all the info in one place: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26849253

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

That link is to the present discussion.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

Ha! I got cross-eyed this morning, there were so many of these. I'm tempted to delete it but I think I'll just leave it so everyone can have a laugh at my expense. Thanks for the heads up, though! ^_^

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristinaM737788

Do you have any idea what is going on with the bots?

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ann425748

this link won't open.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk

The link is to this page, lol. Read the other replies under it XD

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rebekah52

I agree that the revised Bots were pretty good and simulated conversation practice. Conversation practice is missing from Duolingo. The clubs have improved and I do intentionally try to stimulate conversation with the other club members.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gabri33

I completely agree, I want the bots back as well. I actually stopped using Duolingo all together because of the bots being taken out. They were a major part of my learning and practice. I’ve been keeping an eye ever since hoping that they will come back.

July 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/coopergirls2

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:

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002594432-What-happened-to-the-Chatbots-

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Delana963032

Me too, the bots were amazing!

September 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TrueAbdRahim

Yes. I have been looking for these, as well.

September 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DianeAdele

I liked the bots. I'd like them back too.

September 27, 2018
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