https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randybvain

Is there some quality control over the courses?

I am trudging through the Swahili course and I am tired of sentences written in broken English. I used to think that Chinglish on the Chinese course was bad, but this is far over the top.

So I wonder if there is some quality control over the courses at all. I see that many error were reported months ago and nothing was changed, so it seems that nobody cares. It looks as if the contributes disappeared and there was nobody to emend the course :(

August 5, 2018

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

Yep, that's exactly what happened.

Honestly, I think many courses are abandoned. Of course there are ones with moderators who are still working hard, but other courses...not so much.

Does Duo care? Probably not.

I hope that one day, someone offers to "contribute to a course" even if they don't know the language that well if only to fix the multiple errors that are there, but...I doubt that will happen.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick392366

Honestly, I think many courses are abandoned. Of course there are ones with moderators who are still working hard, but other courses...not so much.

Yes, I agree with you.
I'm doing two courses here at Duolingo and one of them is abandoned.
There are no moderators, and the errors (from months/years ago) are not being corrected.

Does Duo care? Probably not.

Yes, I think you're right.
If Duolingo really cares about quality, then they would have done more to attract contributors/moderators/other people to improve and maintain the quality.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaius_Plinius

If someone doesn't know the language well, there's a good possibility they would add more mistakes than they can fix. I would guess the majority of reports are incorrect, and the contributors need to be able to recognize the small number of valid ones.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

When I said that, I had in mind native English speakers fixing problems with the English in courses. But yes, I suppose that if someone doesn't know how the other language can be translated, then...that would not work out too well.

But someone needs to do something.

I think there was a time where non-natives were contributing to the Greek course. That might've been in its early stages of beta, though, or even pre-beta, alpha-testing wise.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

I wonder exactly how many courses are abandoned. If someone could make a resource for such things.

The only course I am currently working on that is abandoned is Irish. But I've heard about many others.

Although, Spanish-French and French-Spanish only seems to have one contributor (jrikhall).

I'm a bit leery about posting anything like, "List of Courses That Are Abandoned" and then having an angry contributor lecture me on how their course is definitely not abandoned.

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatrinaTheLamia

There is some quality control... and usually it results in new skill trees showing up.

Swahili has had two skill tree updates since I've started working on it. And both those updates made Swahili much less painful to work on.

Yeah... teaching people how to speak languages is hard--as is learning languages... and some languages get more work on making it less like pulling teeth. The Swahili courses are making progress--not as much as others, yes--but yeah. There is quality control

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randybvain

I would like to add that it seems that no native English looks at the sentences before a course is released. It puzzles me, because I would expect that there is a common English language framework for all the courses and the contributors use it to adapt to their languages.

August 5, 2018
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