Suggestion: Topic Creation Costing Some Number of Lingots
Does anyone think this would curb the troll spam? I'm not sure how many lingots would be a good number but this would ensure that people are doing SOMETHING on Duolingo (lessons, translating, making useful posts on the forums that contribute to the community etc) and not just creating random topics.
Inspired by the current "duolingo is for losers" and "Shrek Is Love, Shrek is Life" topics. =P
I don't think this would work because newbies are more likely to have questions, and they wouldn't be able to get the help they need.
Yeah, I wasn't sure about that. At one point there was a link discussion for each lesson, but I don't think the links are there anymore? (Might be wrong.) If there were already discussions set up for each lesson, it wouldn't be as big of a deal.
EDIT: And a proper, stickied FAQ. If we're not going to have an FAQ in an obvious spot then the community should stop downvoting questions even if they're asked ten times a day. The search function isn't the best.
Depends on how many lingots a mere thread would require. You can level up very easily in the beginning (which nets you lingots) and getting every answer right will not only give you a free lingot but also doesn't ask for a lot of time (at all).
That said I don't think there are many spammers on this forum at the moment, so I'd only implement this feature when necessary.
I was thinking like five lingots would be a good amount and shouldn't be difficult for newbies. Also, if there was some fee maybe people would pause and reflect on their question (maybe google to see if it's an easy answer or see if the search bar comes up with anything in the forums.)
I'm not sure if the amount of spammers is an 'issue', you're right. I was just thinking, at the moment I looked at the forums earlier, how offputting it could look to someone. I think this does tend to be an issue on free sites or in free games though. Not sure why, honestly, you'd think people would have better things to do but meh. =P
I think moderators can grant these people refunds if they request it. (After they check that it's a genuine post of course)
I think this is a fine suggestion - maybe a symbolic 2 to 5 lingot would be best? Dunno really. It's so little that even the most clueless newbie can acquire that amount by doing one lesson (though this is just me assuming that new users are more likely to explore the learning part of the site on their own at first, before trying to interact with the community), but it might be enough to keep the obvious just-here-to-spam types away.
You can charge Lingots which would be credited back if the post gets, say, at least 2-3 upvotes within a 24 hour period... In that case, new users who ask legitimate questions won't lose Lingots...
I don't like this suggestion, because it would deny access to newbies and other people who happen to have few lingots. Also you're creating a treshold for everybody, so also for interesting and valueable topics. Basically it's limiting abuse by limiting communication altogether, the approach should be to limit the abuse, not to limit communication for everybody. This would make the good majority suffer because of a small number of abusers.