Unreportable lesson mistakes
I've noticed there's a growing number of mistakes in the Spanish to English lessons which can't be reported. Is there a reason for this change? In the past the report button used to provide options to report issues but it seems many of the reporting options only show up sometimes. I'm guessing this is based on how certain they are that it's correct.
For example one of the early Spanish lessons asks us to translate "The Car" to Spanish. The answer "El coche" is marked wrong and the only possible reporting option is "The pictures do not match the given word". Why remove the ability to report issues?
I just had this multiple times on the Spanish from English "experiences" lesson (going for 4th crown). Translate "the electricity" and has a picture associated with it. The correct answer is "la electricidad", but duolingo says it is wrong and the correct answer should be "la electridad". No it's not. Tried to report it each time it comes up, the only option for the reports is "picture does not match the given word".
In the meantime, I have been answering with their incorrect answer "la electridad". I hope it doesn't get stuck in my head that is the correct answer. Other sentences in that section that ask to translate the sentence with the word "electricidad" in it aren't affected by this problem, just the picture one.
This is on the web version, so don't know if it affects the apps for Android / ios .
Sometimes duolingo wants ONE specific answer, so "the car" translation may not be correct on one level when others accept "el coche". It may want "el carro" or even "el automóvil". But It should accept all. At minimum, give the option to report the actual problem.
Maybe a good workaround in the meantime would be if all picture exercices beyond L0->L1 crown level could be disabled?
They do not really make any sense on the higher crown levels.
I also do not want to have them on L2-L3!
They only make a bit of sense when you constantly get a single word very wrong and the streak error count for that word increases over and over again.
After 2-3 "error tries" maybe a quick picture exercise as a little reminder might help to refresh our brain.
Otherwise all those "challenge types" do more harm than good for our review and practice experience!
Single words also should not be shown anymore on L1-L5 crown levels!
I can do single word reviews with 3rd party flashcard applications like Memrise, AnkiSRS, SuperMemo, etc. with a proper spaced repetition (SR) interval.
I really do not want Duolingo to try to take its (wrong) place on this stuff!!
The report options are contextual. They vary depending on the type of exercise and whether it was counted right or wrong. They should be expanded to deal with the sort of issue you mentioned, as well as others, but the need for this expansion isn't new. I suppose the reason you're seeing more mistakes is simply because of the significant recent expansion of the tree.
I believe the only recent change was to remove / reduce access to the reports where you could include a message. Some users provided comments that were useful to contributors. However, many, many of these reports were useless, random spam, or simply insulting, so presumably the final judgement is that, given how the userbase actually used them and the work created in deleting them, they were more trouble than they were worth. Incidentally, I don't believe such a "freewrite" report option ever existed for picture exercises.
I don't need the free write option, just the basic "My Answer should be accepted" which has been there ever time I've looked until very recently.
I have never seen a "My answer should be accepted" option for picture exercises like the one you described. I have certainly encountered occasions where I would have used such a feature had it been available.