Ignore Spammers and trolls!
I have learned a lesson. Giving spammers a warning will not help. They will simply just continue violate the guidelines.
Ignore them! The moderators will take care of them!
Best of luck
Check the guidelines if you are new here:
Edit: Downvote them and report the major ones! (Huge thanks to Judit294350)
Got a comment from a troll for the first time. (My streak just hit 118 days.) Judging by the juvenile tone and quality of the comment, I suppose it might have been just that, a juvenile that is. They couched the comment in a friend request (which had been cancelled prior to my seeing it.) Nothing vulgar but rather unpleasant in that they were questioning my intellect. I can handle such insults based on my inconsistent performance (depending upon which of the four languages I'm currently learning.) And let's face it, entering text and reading questions on a smartphone can challenge the eyesight and dexterity any 65 year old. My only concern is the such comments might dissuade younger people (or those who haven't developed a thick skin through life's little bruises.)
In short (too late, I know) if you spend your time trolling other users of this forum, you're busily convincing others that you aren't a person of particularly high caliber, regardless of your language skills. I've spent far too much time on this statement of abrogation.
Just putting this out there for others to contemplate.
K. Love the sermon the mount reference -- apt for discussions about trolls.
So, another question and really my point of posting as to see what flags and numbers would come up next to my name. Why do I have, for instance, 18 for Italian? I have way more crowns and have completed a couple more modules. I've completed quite a bit more Spanish than French, but the numbers don't reflect this.
It's your XP level - https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/6428640/XP-required-for-each-level
Lingots are very useful if you use them in a more helpful way that showing appreciation for a post. Use them to make noticeable the useful or correct answer of interesting questions in the sentence forum. As they are often a real mess, it helps to attract attention to other people on the useful parts.
This is why I don't like to make posts, because I don't want to have to deal with trolls. However, I had NO CHOICE but to make an "Original" post for wanting "Tuyuca" put on the "Languages Wanted" list. Lrtward told me I had to do that besides give her the ISO code, which I did.
I told her that I was DREADING putting a post up as I get made fun of so much already for wanting to learn some of the languages I am. I'm going to subject myself to ridicule! Well, I have a couple of people that were nice enough to comment on it "Songve" and "Gh0stwheel". The comments have received up votes and lingots and I've received 5 lingots for the post but 2 down votes already.
I just wanted to have this put on the list. Why do we have to "display" a language we want on there if we're going to be criticized? I don't like to give trolls or narrow minded people the chance to play these games, I'd rather wait and share something "interesting". No one should have to feel sorry they opened up what they like to someone, language related mind you, and have it trampled on.
Why Lrtward would ask me to do this when I told her the risk. I'm BEYOND sorry and a friend said "you shouldn't do it, you know what will happen". I hope ANY one who asks for ANY language doesn't have to feel "afraid" that they will be ridiculed for what they like.
I'm for EVERYONE learning ANY language they so choose. I wish others could show the same respect. No language is better than another. However, I'm finding out some do indeed feel some languages are better than others. I'll be waiting quite a while before posting again.
This way, I don't have to face any trolls or be considered spam. DFTT. Just enjoy your languages in "private". :) Thanks Funky for the post. I'm GLAD you are getting up voted and lingoted, have one from me! :)
Linda, here's what the Korean to English New Posts forum looks like today. It was similar yesterday. I filed an abuse report both times, it got cleaned up yesterday afternoon. Today's "content" is the same, but the user has a brand-new account with 15 XP.
There has to be some kind of barrier to posting on the forums.
It could be time since registration, XP total, my lingot fee, whatever... However, we cannot be expected to clean up the forums. And my favorite mod wakes up too late.