Duolingo contributors are on the ball today! Thank you!
I had nine email messages today from duolingo saying that my responses are now accepted in the French course. I figured that there was a backlog, with the new updates, because last summer I got responses pretty quickly after reporting. But for the past couple of months I report frequently but haven't received any responses. Till today.
The messages always end with "Thanks for the contribution, please keep it up!" I say: back at you. I'm sure we are all grateful for the diligent and probably tedious work you put in to maintain the course.
This post regards the French course, but I also get messages from time to time regarding reports in other languages so I'll leave it here.
Duo’s French mods and contributors have very much been on the ball. i believe they currently don’t have access to the tree and its been Duo staff holding up the changes.
Hats off to the mods and and all their work. Glad to see these fixes coming in.
Great positive message; thank you Angus! While still needed, all of the negative reviews and complaints about the format, lessons, skills, updates, etc. concerning Duo in the forums can get really tiring. It's great to have a bit of positivity sprinkled in the forums, and it also shows that the Duo team is very much hard at work. :)
I'm glad you have. I'm an advanced user and at that level it accepts one and only one translation, regardless how poor it may be. Based on others' comments, corrections are being submitted to fix what Duolingo did not sufficiently vet before making it live. I have yet to see a single response from any of the submissions I have made. The ones I have gotten back are months old.
BTW, I'm a PAYING user.
DanielconCasco told me on the Spanish board that if several people make the same report, only the first one gets an email. Say you and I both suggested “I read the last book by this author and I detested it” as a translation for “J'ai lu le dernier livre de cet auteur et je l'ai détesté.” But I reported it yesterday and you reported it today. Then only I get an email.
Also, sometimes I have made mistakes. I typed "the" instead of "she" in haste. Then reported, then later noticed my mistake. That one gets trashed. There's also the possibility that the contributors simply disagree. Maybe I say, "Whassup, dogg?" as a translation for "Ça va, le mec?" Maybe they don't like dogg because mec is more like dude. Or maybe they don't like Whassup because Ça va is more like How's it going. (Okay, that's a contrived example, but you get the point.)
But overall my impression is that for the past few months they got behind, for exactly the reason you suggest: the "update" wasn't ready for Prime Time so the reports were coming fast and furious and they weren't keeping up. I just wanted people to know that they seem to be working to catch up lately with the course maintenance. Maintenance, maintenant. :)
Email messages are sent to all users who made the exact same report if it is subsequently accepted. If the report is rejected, no emails are sent. There is a number next to each report indicating the number of times it was reported, and it is possible to sort sentences by the total number of reports. Sentences with high numbers often indicate a problem- either with the sentence/translations or sometimes with the difficulty level.
That must be nice. Meanwhile the Korean course is a mess with a lack of consistency and alternate answers. Our suggestions have been ignored for many months, up to a year for some. Kudos to the French team i guess.