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Complaining vs. Critiquing

I know that Duolingo is free, and that is incredible, but that doesn't mean we can't tell them what we like and don't like. There's a difference between complaining and critiquing. Complaining is saying something like "omg duolangu sux i h8 this". Critiquing is saying "I think that (A) isn't working, and this is how I think it could be fixed". Just because Duolingo is free doesn't mean that we can't tell them what does and doesn't work.

December 17, 2014



I think the right term is constructive criticism (which is how you framed your second example, btw).


"omg duolingo sux, I h8 dis" Is exactly what I hate. We can get enough of this:


Definitely agree! I don't think think anyone reads the discussion board who could pass along input to the developers, though. (Do they?) But I totally feel it's 100% necessary that there be feedback between the users and the makers. I would love to get more information about what's going on from them to us, too! Like, here are the things that are in AB testing and here are the results we got so that's why this change is going to be made, and all that.

And even just griping has a function too. People need to vent sometimes!


Staff and developers visit the discussion forums. :)


I'd really like Strengthen Skills tasks to not be so repetitive. Right now, at least for Swedish, they repeat the same phrases/sentences over and over without introducing new ones as the user progresses. Oftentimes these activities even repeat the same (usually the simplest) phrases/sentences 4 or 5 times in the one go. If I want to strengthen my skills at level 9, testing my knowledge of level 1 and 2 skills isn't really helpful. It's also a bit weird that sometimes new words/phrases are thrown into Strengthen Skills without having been introduced in the basic activities.



Remember, Swedish is the 2nd latest coursethat went into beta, so don't expect things to be perfect.


Oh, and also, i've seen people see this same problem in the Irish course as well.


I think we should all be able to voice our opinions. I believe that we can do it in a mature and respectful manner as well.


whom and how can I tell that in one lecture (Portuguese from French) there is a wrong (not existing) word (nõ) considered as "the" unavoidable right answer - I think it was just a typo (from DL side), but I have found no possibility to explain immediately.


Hi renhodo, which platform are you using? There are different apps and also the website. There are some differences between the platforms. I think all have the option to report a problem once Duolingo tells you that you've made an error. On the Android app, there is a red flag that you can tap, to open the report menu. On the website, there is usually a button that says "Report a problem". Though, if you're dealing with a multiple choice question, I can't recall if the report option exists at the moment.

Another possibility is that what you consider to be an error is a regionalism, a way of using language that is familiar to one group of the language users and not another. I see this often in English sentences. I'm a native English speaker and several other native speakers have said this or that sentence contains an error on the English side, because they had never experienced English used that way. But, those sentence constructions were familiar to me.

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