Green star people are a great boon. But when one responds to a question or puzzle it would be nice to say thank you without cluttering up the discussion with a comment like "thanks yet again" which is of no interest to anybody else. So my idea is add an option to mod's comment labelled 'thanks'. Clicking on this just emails the mod saying 'thanks received from .... '. Others could also say thanks by clicking. If the mod was not following the discussion no email would be sent but the thanks tally would increment. Mod could see the thanks tally.
This lets one express appreciation without mangling content
That is a very nice suggestion, though I think it would be even nicer if you would be able to thank regular users too. The moderator system was introduced to give more room to users who like to help out, but I think that all users can be helpful in their own way and I would like that to be recognized.
About the not following discussions; people will automatically start following a discussion once they have posted a comment. People should be notified when you post additional comments or questions unless they have disabled that function in their settings menu. Thanks for your suggestion!
In fact, upvoting works a sort of thanks and appreciation. I'm not sure if a separate "Thanks" button is necessary.
And yes, of course I agree that any thanks should go not only to moderators, but to anyone who helps others. "Green star people" did not emerge out of nowhere, Duolingo staff just chose some of the people who had been helpful without any stars or statuses.
First of all, I'm grateful for your appreciation of us mods, Peter. Your idea actually isn't that bad, but it raises some issues in my opinion:
- receiving an e-mail every time a user helps someone out is overkill; the most active moderators's inboxes would start to fill up pretty quickly;
- a better implementation would perhaps be a 2nd button (3rd if you're a mod) besides "reply" named "thank", and all the thanks would be listed somewhere next to your comment, e.g. "3 thanks"; then when you would hover over it, it would show who thanked you.
- You're right when you disagree with olimo's point (sorry Olga :-), because upvotes are, more than a way to show appreciation, a way to order comments by relevance. And you can't see who upvoted you.
Having said that, I'm not sure if it would be a great idea to add more "clutter" with something that is, ultimately, not vital, but a nicety. Duolingo might have in store some other features in the future, and people would probably not like it if they withdrew that "thank feature".
Sorry for the long text. And thanks once again. Cheers!
No, you were. It's just that, despite olimo's reply, I'm not sure most moderators would like that. Of course you can say: "Fine, let them switch it off", but in that case it might noy justify the implementation effort by the staff. But I actually don't know the other mods' stance on this. This is just my opinion.
I think using both upvotes and thanks will be confusing. Even if upvotes are intended just to mark relevant comments, they are commonly used for giving thanks and expressing agreement with suggestions.
As for notifications, I would hardly want to get my email flooded by those about thanks or upvotes. If I write something really useful, I usually come back to it many times to answer comments and I see my upvotes counter anyway.