Standard Thank You Post, Ignore or Don't
Dear Mods, Active Contributors, and People Who Are Nice,
I've had my Duo account since 2014 (when a wide-eyed, younger me decided I simply must learn French!) However, I first got involved in the forums around two months ago, rather timidly.
You see, the internet is not a great place sometimes when it comes to things such as the holding of a decent discussion, the promotion of radishes, and respectful answers to questions. I've seen my fair share of the mess that the connections given to us creates. It isn't easy to find somewhere to be passionate about things alongside like-minded people while feeling welcomed and as a part of the community.
We have our problems - sometimes we say things that aren't the kindest. Sometimes we bicker like children. Sometimes we don't listen to others while putting in our own two cents.
But this is not who we are. Generally, this community is friendly to everyone, no matter who. This community does not discourage passions. This community welcomes ideas that are not their own.
Sometimes we say things that aren't the kindest, but we hold people accountable for that. Sometimes we bicker, but we do not attack people personally and we are capable of holding debates like civilized people. Sometimes we speak before we listen, but we are reminded that the opinions of others are important when we do.
This is a good place. This forum has good people. It's easy to forget, when things happen and controversy ensues, that we actually have it pretty good. Moderators are doing their best, even when they aren't popular for it. People continue to post important and interesting commentary even after minor discouragement thanks to people who are supportive. Users ask and answer questions for the benefit of the world around them.
I'm happy to be here, on this forum. We aren't perfect. But we are good.
Best of luck in all you do.
I am tempted to make a politically-fueled joke right now. I will not, just for you. Thank me later.
I agree whole-heartedly with your post. Moderators and the community do handle controversy well. We also are able to have our disagreements. And everybody on this site has posted something he/she regrets. And everybody has then learned from that mistake. In 2014, I had no idea how to talk on this forum. So I didn't. When I discovered the "chat" feature on Duolingo in 2017 (it wasn't called this, but that's what I thought it was), I still had the lack of experience. This community welcomed me, straightened me out, and told me how to act, what to say. And that's why I'm still here today instead of being banned by someone or having all of my posts downvoted. The Duolingo Forum is the most welcoming and accepting online forum I have ever come across.
Thank you for not making a political joke. Always appreciated.
We have all said something both here and in the real world that we wish we hadn't. The point is, of course, that we forgive here. We know what is to be said and what is not. We make an effort. And that's not something I've found anywhere else.
I am tempted to make a politically-fueled joke right now. I will not, just for you.
grr, you made me curious :-)) But no, don't take the bait. It's ok. Looking to your posts and answers you seem to be a really nice person, so I don't think you have to worry about your appearance here in this forum. To evolve and to learn and to be grateful for that opportunity is a wonderful character trait.
best regards, Angel
thank you for your wonderful post :-) This is a good place. And it is very often a better place in the internet than others. A German saying is 'Fass dich erstmal an der eigenen Nase' literally 'first touch your own nose'. Look who's talking. It is a good motto indeed. That surely includes me.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your beloved. Have a good time.
liebe Grüße, Angel
That's a neat saying! Gotta write that down! You have a nice holiday season too. I'm glad you feel the same way about this forum.
I must comment on your post. I think the most intelligent people are using Duolingo. Whenever I want to read positive comments I check Discussion. I ignore the negative comments. I am wishing all the folks on Duolingo a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2019.
Indeed! We are a community trying to learn rather than hurt, and that's what makes us special. :)
Hi Robwith, a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays for you, too. :-)
best regards, Angel