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

Is phopkins1 back?

I just noticed 10 XP show up for phopkins1 in my list of followed users. I hope he's decided to come back. He made a lot of positive contributions to the community.

December 20, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.Sierra117

we can only hope

December 20, 2018

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

A good man, hanging in there with many challenges.

December 20, 2018

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

Agreed.

December 20, 2018

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

What about rev_mother? She/he was a big supporter of phopkins and did a nice discussion after phopkins revealed his challenges. Seems to be no trace of rev_mother left. Kicked out Shadow banned?

December 22, 2018

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

That's what her profile page says:

https://www.duolingo.com/rev._mother

December 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prussia1525

What was the deal with her? I never heard much about whatever it was that she did compared to what I heard about Paul Hopkins. What exactly was said?

December 22, 2018

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

I think her campaign against political correctness was getting a little obsessive, to the exclusion of her other contributions; I can only imagine it had something to do with this.
It's a pity if she has been banned for this, as she wasn't one-dimensional and made many worthwhile posts about all sorts of things. The political correctness business did seem to be becoming an idée fixe of hers, however.

December 22, 2018

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

I imagine many of her comments were in the Irish and Welsh forums, which I don't see. In the comments I did see, she sometimes disagreed with people, but that is a vital part of academic debate. We often learn the most from intelligent, lively discussion with those who see things differently than we do. I'm sad to see that get silenced.

December 22, 2018

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

Why would he not come back? I’m certain he will be always here

December 20, 2018

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

I like the way you think :)

December 20, 2018

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

On the note of phopkins1,

Yes, he's okay. I saw him online just now. All is well :D

....I will tell him that he is missed by linking him to this thread!

January 7, 2019

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

Okay, guys, I just got a response from him. Here is what he told me:

I was shadowbanned because I made a series of insensitive posts about a subject I don't understand, non binary gender fluidity to be specific. I served in the US military in the 70s when things were much different. I simply grew up in different times. I treated my son differently from my daughter and now it's the same with my grandson and granddaughters. But I was wrong in what I said. Someone posted on the Hebrew forum about a new pronoun that someone was developing so that they could express their gender identity. I posted that I felt this concept was "the weirdest fad of my lifetime". It was a hurtful comment and although I think it is weird I should have kept my mouth shut. I don't get it, the gender thing, but I would never intentionally hurt a person's feelings the way I did and deserved to be banned for it. I ended up going off on a tangent as I started to look at the issue and it was just a mess. It would have been a good opportunity to get educated on the subject but the person I offended, perhaps there were many, did not make a rebuttal or explanation, just posted that I had taken a stab at a very important part of who they were. This literally brought me to tears as I never meant to hurt anyone, it was a big mess.

....gotta respect the guy...personally, I have a ton of respect for him as a person and his opinion. And I hope they un-ban him soon.

January 7, 2019

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

I really respect someone who can admit they made a mistake like this, apologize and choose to learn from it. I hope they allow Phopkins back. It sounds like he really did not intend to hurt anyone and deserves a second chance.

January 7, 2019

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

@MissSpells, I completely agree.

January 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ExSquaredOver2

This is the thing I don't understand: surely it isn't against the law to hold an opinion classed as homophobic/transphobic/whateverphobic unless it is a deliberate attack on an individual, group or inciting of violence?

January 9, 2019

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

@Lauriana tell him we all miss him. Personally I don't believe in changing your gender, but thats just my belief. I understand why he felt bad, maybe I don't agree with gender changing but I try not to hurt people. Gotta respect him. I hope he comes back, he was a force on the forum.

January 7, 2019

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

Sure, Winter, I totally agree. I linked him to this place, since he can still read. He's a great guy for sure and I miss him too even though I can message him really any time, ahah.

January 8, 2019

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

Did they tell him how long he will be banned?

January 8, 2019

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

dogomolo,

From what he knows, doesn't know, etc...they didn't. I assume they will unban him soon. I've seen examples of complete jerks who seemed to have been "freed" after 3-4 months. :)

January 8, 2019

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

Hey! I think he's back! as of 1/19/19 He did 1,000 + xp! Hopefully he will be allowed back on the forums!

January 19, 2019

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

Good news! Not only is he back; he's kicking everybody's butt.

January 19, 2019

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

Again, I saw practice appear in Paul's feed. I hope he can continue to contribute to the forums!

February 5, 2019

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

Has he deleted his posts? I cannot open/find his posts about practicing speaking using Google Translate (there was two posts).

January 2, 2019

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

All his posts and comments as phopkins1 are gone, which is a shame since his contributions helped a lot of people (me included).

There was a quickly-deleted post from another account claiming phopkins1 deleted everything himself, but after rev._mother changed her profile page bio to say she was shadowbanned, the phopkins1 profile bio and location changed to say "Chillin' with rev._mother. I had to look up shadowban. Who knew?" (These lines have now been deleted from his profile, along with his picture.)

Ironically, before she was banned herself, rev._mother was insisting phopkins1 was the victim of a shadowban, and no one wanted to believe her.

January 2, 2019

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

It happens to the best of us and without warning.

May 7, 2019

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

Can someone reproduce his post about Siri? He said that he was able to chat with Siri in Russian for hours. That is quite amazing. Or maybe I remember wrong. Have others tested limits of Siri and in which languages?

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

Dogomolo, It is Алиса on Яндекс browseer.

Если хотите просто поговорить, simply say “Алиса, давай поболтаем”

Alice will reply something to this effect,

“Давайте поговорим, но в разговоре на свободную тему я не подглядываю в Яндек, и мои ответы могут вас удивить. Если захотите узнать что-нибудь полезное или поискать в Яндексу, скажите “Хватит болтать” и потом задайте свой вопрос.”

And off yiu go...

May 9, 2019

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

@Multi0Lingo4 I changed my profile to! You inspired me! I really wish phopkins would come back, he is missed

January 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewGBr1

https://duome.eu/phopkins1/ shows only one day of activity (8 days ago) in the last 20. Let us hope he is okay.

December 21, 2018

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

If I'm reading the chart right, he's got 10 XP for Dec. 19th (yesterday) and 20 XP for Dec. 20th (today).

December 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewGBr1

This is true. A change from when I looked.

December 21, 2018

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

Hmm. I also thought he left. Oh well. If he's back, welcome to you @phopkins1

December 21, 2018
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