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Someone vandalizing translation article (Wikipedia on Linda McCartney)

Since I couldn't sleep I reverted lots of vandalizing edits to the Linda McCartney article (I had translated some of it so I received email about the "revisions"). But this user is back to doing the same today. I reported abuse but the user is still on, and it looks like he or she has been doing this for days, though I'm not sure whether I was the first to report it/the user. I hope whoever works for this site will address this soon. It would be awful if Duolingo starts to attract more of this kind of thing, especially if the site is not staffed to address it quickly.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr
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Something similar happened to me more than a month ago. I reported each of the spam translations and I also sent an email to duolingo about it. Periodically, I go back to that article and to that user's account and I see that nothing has been removed and that particular user keeps going to random articles and doing a few spam translations every few days or weeks. All of this is to say, I don't want to be discouraging or negative, but based on my experience, I am not sure that duolingo will ever get around to doing anything about it. :( I hope that I'm wrong.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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with 50million users it isnt too big a surprise what is for me is how little trolling actually goes on

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hello! Thank you for not posting their username in the forums. If you see anyone outright spamming (placing links that go to advertisements, and gibberish), please contact a moderator, with a link to that user's profile, a link to the article, and a sentence that was vandalized by that user if you would so we can look into it. Thank you!!

PS You can spot the moderators by the green rings we have around our icons in the discussion forums. ^_^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrsLearner

Having to provide the exact sentences seems like a bit much. I would hope the site would be willing to put in a little more work toward its own maintenance!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi MrsLearner, I'm a community volunteer moderator. I keep busy all over the place. Having at least one exact sentence per user who is vandalizing allows me to do a search and quickly locate an example of vandalim to attach to my reports. And because I'm a global moderator, I work in all course forums. Trying to find vandalism in an article other than the langauges I speak can be tricky in some instances. Without a sentence, I will have to plug every sentence into a translator until I locate an example. So, having one expedites the process. I hope that helps explain my request. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr
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Thanks for the info. I didn't report the spammer I encountered to a moderator so maybe that's why nothing was done. If it happens again, I will know what to do. If I had the energy, I would find the links now because I know the spam translations are still there. Hopefully there won't be a next time, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Sometimes Moderators can help expedite the process by putting together a thorough report. There are far more moderators than there are staff. So, if they have to put together the reports, it takes them a lot longer to go through the complaint tickets. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr
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That makes sense. Thank you for doing what you do. I was first starting out in immersion when my translations got spammed and I admit I nearly quit because it was frustrating to put effort into something only to have it destroyed and see the spammer get away with it. I'm glad I persisted, though, but I'm sure there are others who get too frustrated to continue with immersion, which is unfortunate and I'm sure the opposite of what duolingo wants.

3 years ago