Stay On Topic Please!
Duolingo's discussion area is a great place for tips on languages, help on using the website, and encouragement and ideas that have to do with learning! But it's not a great place for random comments. Keep in mind this is not Facebook. Comments concerning the Detroit Lions or something like that are not of interest. Please keep your comments anchored around learning. Thanks!
I think there are some kids who use the site in conjunction with their classwork, and don't bother taking things seriously. So instead of just contributing something productive, they enjoy annoying the lot of us.
I wish there was more active moderation here to warn/suspend/delete accounts or IP-ban certain users that are constantly breaching the terms of service. Better yet, a system where you can put in a direct report to their teachers to notify them of how they use the forum.
For a foreign learner learning English, a conversation on the Detroit Lions could be very helpful. It is a lot of cultural and technical language for them to learn along with a bunch of words used in a second meaning that they could be confused by if they are not aware of them.
I agree with this, but there is another thing I want to address. The "downvote" button really bothers me. I think that there should be a "report post" button for irrelevant or innapropriate posts, and admin can then remove the post. The downvote button can make people feel worse about sharing their opinion, or anything, for a matter of fact.
People who feel bad about being downvoted need to take good hard look at themselves in the mirror and reevaluate how they handle input or criticism.
It may not be as obvious as a downvoted button but everyone will be downvoted at some point in their lives. Ideas shot down at work, rejection, cancelled plans, missed opportunities.
If a down vote gets you down, how can you handle a real life downvoted?
The point is not the downvotes themselves, it's the effect of the downvotes, making these posts disappear from the discussion timeline, which is annoying when a legitimate post has been made. This would deter people from bothering, nobody asked for an opinionated comment about self-esteem!
Merkavar, I agree, Nobody should get their self-worth from a down-vote from somebody halfway across the world. When I post I really don't care what people think I hope that they like it, but if they hate it, oh well that's fine. There are people out there who will always have to disagree with everything as well. If you can't handle getting down-votes for psychological reasons it is probably best to not be on the forums
The down-vote button is needed to be on here for issues like scam and inappropriate posts, we have mods. that can do that, but they are people as well and they are not getting paid to do that
I know. It is pretty annoying seeing those types of comments, since Duolingo is not really MEANT for social media. It's meant to learn languages. Even if some of the times comments that are not on topic can be helpful, since it could be teaching them a culture of the country, such as football.