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

How to create a good forum topic

Step one: think about what you want to ask or say.

Step two: use the search facility and check for key words in your question - perhaps 8,000 people have already asked your question or a similar one; perhaps nobody has.

Step three: ask yourself if what you're asking is of benefit to the community. Did something change and you don't like the new flavour? Wait a week or two, see if it grows on you, or how many other people have already covered your gripes. Maybe we don't need a twenty paragraph rant.

Step four: OK, so we're going ahead. Make sure to choose the right category (discussion topic). Not everyone is learning your languages. Tech support requests should go in the appropriate category.

Step five: pick a good title that summarises the point of your post. "Question" - bad. "What are some key irregular verbs?" - good.

Step six: write up your post. Check it for spelling, grammar, logical flow, repetition, and clarity. All looking good? Hit that post button!

All the best :)

May 17, 2019

99 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Excellent advice; thank you! :-)

Since I practice step 2 very carefully, I seldom start new threads. I always think that I'm probably not the first one to have the question I have at that moment, and since I love finding things out, I try to find existing threads and often find amazing discussions that explain much more than I would have asked.

This is wonderful! And it makes me feel very competent.

Edit: For the search I mainly use Google, typing in my search words together with "Duolingo". This often yields better results than the internal search function.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FRENCHCHEF9

Ahem, Lingot askers!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

He wasn't asking for lingots

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

He means people in forum shouldn't be asking for lingots.

October 10, 2019

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

they were't lingot asking?

June 13, 2019

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

Definitely worth a follow. I can see this getting suggested to lots of new forum users.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralindaA1

Yes, it was certainly suggested to me! I like to interact with others to exchange study tips/advice/etc., and this post is quite helpful. Well, maybe not that much (impulsive) but still!

October 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

Great post with excellent advice! Thank you carbsrule.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Three cheers for carbsrule! Now clubs are emptying out, let's hope people think a little and read this before the need for attention takes over.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralindaA1

Amen! I should have read this post sooner... ugh! I learned some kind of adaptive lesson.

October 17, 2019

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

Google is also very good tool for making posting unnecessary. I strongly recommend it.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralindaA1

Yep! One would just have to be careful to use reliable sites. Google Translate can handle words very well, but not phrases/sentences.

October 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

And sometimes not even single words :-(

October 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/APRILBROWN4

Thank you carbsrule. This a share worthy post with good advice on picking topics. I will happily pass this along to others.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralindaA1

Well, thank you again for sharing this post with me. So grateful!

October 17, 2019

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

Step 8: Any post consisting the word BTS is not good.

May 17, 2019

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

But what if i want to talk about a journey to Bangkok & the skytrain there? How do i do that without mentioning the Bangkok Transit System? Or if i'd been to Kuala Lumpur & used the Bandar Tasik Selatan station? Or if i've been to the Bratislava Airport, Slovakia.

Maybe my passions lie with poisons & i love the British Toxicology Society. Or i'm a transport geek & use the numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Or if i'm French, i might be very proud of my Brevet de technicien supérieur!

Other geekery might include a conversation about Base Transceiver Stations, that's about communication as well. That's the name for the masts that send & recieve the data from our mobiles & make duolingo on your mobile possible.

I'm almost tempted to make a BTS(not bts!) post to test these posibilities. (^.^)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Well said

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

Strongly agree

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cultureclash3

Does that count for the comments?;)

June 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Great. A must-read for new (and old) posters

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carl726625

This would make a great introductory post for all new registrants. I had to learn the hard way -- but I feel this is a supportive community who helped me figure out some of these points.

May 18, 2019

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

Yes, it is excellent, carbsrule! I suggest that the engineers make it a mandatory read before one can post in the forums. And there should be a little pop-up quiz that you have to pass, to prove you have read it. =D

May 28, 2019

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

Why? I haven’t seen any serious problems here.

May 28, 2019

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

The thing is, I made a new thread about saving the clubs because I feel very strongly on the subject and the old thread had been buried so much to the point where it was incredibly obscure and difficult to find. My post has gotten virtually no attention and five downvotes. Am I doing something wrong? I'd really like my voice to be heard please.

May 18, 2019

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

Once a post hits five downvotes, it disappears off the main list of posts.

May 18, 2019

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

Why would they downvote it though? It's pretty relevant in my opinion.

May 18, 2019

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

Ahh many thanks for clarifying this. I just felt a bit strongly about the subject and I didn't realise the search tool was there, a bit silly me. :(

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/APRILBROWN4

No worries. Many people have strong feelings for the clubs, they have been a great asset and it's sad to see them go.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gregory743155

If the post has been put up in the correct category in the first place, shouldn't it be somewhat academic whether or not it appears on the main list you refer to?

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Nice profile pic

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Hello and welcome, Ryan :-)

Maybe there should be a follow-up thread: How to make comments that are relevant to the thread topic? ;-)

Happy learning! :-)

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Oh hi there how's life

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

A little miserable because I get an email notification for each new post on this thread. ...

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

wanna be friends

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Me too LOL

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toggitang4

This is so important. Thank you Carbsrule! This should spread across the internet to show people the importance in posts.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

Thanks, I follow all the steps, except 2. I will start to do it now: )

May 17, 2019

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

I have seen this post only now because someone linked to it, great post!

Step four: OK, so we're going ahead. Make sure to choose the right category (discussion topic).

This may be helpful: [Guide] In which forum should I post my discussion?

July 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Thank you carbsrule.

I have just come across this fantastic post of yours, and have also linked to it from:

[GUIDE] Find a Discussion forum/board/list

August 21, 2019

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

Step 7: if it is less than 10 words either pad it out or don’t post it

May 17, 2019

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

Quality not quantity merkavar

May 17, 2019

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

posts less than 10 words seem to mostly be junk or spam. If you can make a quality post in under 10 words, good job.

I feel if a topic is worth discussing it would be hard to make a post under 10 words.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Merkavar did not say "the more words the better". :-)

I agree with him: Only a specific question, something that you can't just look up in a dictionary, is useful for other forum participants.

And if you make your question specific, you will use words. More than 10 words certainly, in particular if you also want to be polite and include something like "please" and "thanks in advance".

May 17, 2019

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

Links to youtube and whatnot do not count and shouldn't be posted if not part of a genuine Discussion.. If you are here, it is presumed you are aware of the Internet and what you can do.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carl726625

I think your advice is mostly correct, except that I have picked up some very useful advice on useful sites (about 10 of them in the past month) that I would not have the time or patience to test out myself. If you are opposed to links, then names or descriptors work just as well.

May 18, 2019

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

What if you aren't the best at spelling or you are so so sleepy and your browser has no spell check?? Happens to me sometimes tbh.

May 17, 2019

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

I was an English teacher for nearly 20 years and the way today's youth tend to write touch on a lot of nerves... the acronyms, the lack of capitalization, the rampant ignorance of the use of the apostrophe... notwithstanding, I never downvote a post or comment due to bad grammar, etc; I try to understand the content. One must remember that there are many language learners here whose native tongue is not English. Besides, you may be hurting someone's feelings. Be conservative with your downvotes.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILoveLanguages04

Not all of today’s youth uses bad grammar. I tend to keep an example for others and use grammar in everything I’m writing, even if I’m texting my friend.

October 17, 2019

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

Just give it your best shot. I would insert a muscle emoji here if I could.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

den u jusd doo yer bezt

August 14, 2019

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

Step 9: Time it so there aren't too many downvoters lurking.

May 17, 2019

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

if a post is good it should get more upvotes than downvotes, right?

May 17, 2019

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

Ah though this raises the philosophical question - what is good? Popular is not the same as good.

May 17, 2019

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

I believe in the people here to upvote appropriately :D

May 17, 2019

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

merkavar are you the bloke in The Matrix who bends a lot in slow motion? Either that or a career diplomat?

May 17, 2019

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

You mean neo?

May 18, 2019

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

Absolutely. Guaranteed dv magnets are starting it off with complaints about dv.

May 17, 2019

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

Don't want to start (again) on downvoting here though think the -5 rule has created a forum that favors graffiti posts.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandraStea1

I totally agree and am glad to see someone else notices this. There is no accountability for those who spam. Many, many people would rather get attention negatively than not at all...so they post. To them, getting 5 downvotes mean that 5 other human beings actually LOOKED AT at least the title of their post. It is very, very sad, but people are crying out for human contact not meaning to offend.

I applaud the job the moderators do in removing blatantly offensive posts but the other 40 or so every day that are just trash/spam/playing around puts everyone in a mood to either copycat and join in or just DV sometimes legitimate posts. It is a problem, for sure. I know what MY answer would be but since one of my other pet peeves here is people who only want to change things I won't offer it here and now.

May 17, 2019

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

Graffiti posts? What are they?

May 17, 2019

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

See merkavar step 7 (<10 words)

A slogan, a post requiring hardly any effort.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelYuan3

How do you dvs someone? I don't get it.

October 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Click the down arrow

October 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nads007

"dv, dv.." shut it

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelYuan3

How do you time it? How do you ban the commenting? There are people always commenting random stuff when I post. Even some advertisements. And some people just downvote everything for fun.

October 17, 2019

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

Since clubs are getting taken away in a few more days, I can see us having a lot more new forum users and this post could really benefit them.

May 17, 2019

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

Mucho gracias! Very helpful!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mountiangirl14

grear advice- thanks so much. So helpful!!

September 26, 2019

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

Thank you! I will use this!

October 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deanna803801

thx

October 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isaac348734

Great advice! Thanks!

October 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jayda85538

I wish I saw this post before making my first post here lol

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carl726625

Me too!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Me three

August 14, 2019

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

I can't believe you forgot to follow your own guide. ●¿_●

May 17, 2019

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

Thanks for your detailed and helpful insights.

May 17, 2019

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

Kudos carbsrule. (:

May 18, 2019

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

I think you followed your own advice on this question!

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaralindaA1

Shoot, I already posted in four forums and I only now saw this! Oh well, that first post did pretty well...

August 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beanthequeen06

Well said.

October 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QueenA601

Miraculous, simply the best, up to the test when things go wroong, miraculous the luckiest, the power of love always so stroong. Miraculooouus!

November 5, 2019

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

Sorry, I was just wanting to now what would happen if I did that.

November 5, 2019

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

You may be preaching to the choir but on a more positive note maybe this information will trickle down and more will follow the suggestions. Hope springs eternal and all that.

May 17, 2019

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

that's deep

July 31, 2019

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

Thanks! This has helped me out a lot

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pjmudd82

thank you, you are wiser than I

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

Okay thanks

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasRe35166

ooooook.......

September 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QueenA601

Dude I don't mean to be offensive or rude but please stop putting this on people's forums it can be taken as a insult.

November 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jon786634

Hola! Gimme liguuttzzz pleeeeez!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moonwatcher126

Please don't ask for lingots. If you want lingots, follow the steps in this post, and add something profound to the forum. If it doesn't work, it will still be better than asking for lingots outright.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carl726625

Unserious.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan348217

No. You can't just ask for them.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasRe35166

I think this is the wrong website

September 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasRe35166

who are you?

September 24, 2019
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