There has been a recent flood of people posting spam on Discussion. I don't know if anyone at Duolingo is aware of this, but they should be by now. One of the most common spam posts is, "Gimme Lingots", or something to that effect. Why do they do it? Because it works! The last post I saw was someone asking for lingots and he had gotten 23! So, if you see something like that, you probably shouldn't give them lingots and maybe even downvote them. This is not craigslist, where you can go ahead and post, "lingots wanted".
Duolingo is a place to learn and a place to grow, why must you try to ruin it by spamming?
Duolingo should have a way where users can flag spam, and then their staff can remove them. If the spammers insist, they should probably be removed in accordance with the Guidelines, "https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines".
P.S. Please Donate Lingots? Nah Just Kidding! =)
Captain, well said! I am sick and tired of the 10 years olds (either literal or intellectual) spamming with "gimme lingots" (doesn't it always make it even worse when they use horrible spelling or grammar?) so I would also love to see a better filter for these people. It is a waste of everyone's time here on DuoLingo. Again, a big thumbs up for your post. I can see by the upvotes that I am not the only one who agrees with you!
I agree with your observations, DeutschMaus. The least a "beggar" should do in this forum is avoid writing with spelling or grammar mistakes ... and also say "please" :)
I like to give my lingots away to fellow Duolinguists as a mark of appreciation to their effort, ingenuity or generosity. Since you do not need lingots, please accept 20 "virtual lingots" for your contribution and cute avatar (in Spanish: un gracioso ratoncito de biblioteca / English: a cute bookworm). Alles Gute!
When I first came here I was thankful for people being generous with their lingots, as it enabled me to buy bonus skills, and skill test. Now though I have been slowly creating my own lingot stockpile, to give to others like they gave to me, and in part to save for future languages, to unlock bonus skills and test without having to beg... I know it sucks to see those post, but on occasion it really does help some new members.
Yes Brooke, I have never understood what the fascination is for some people with getting lingots...you would think the things are 20 dollar bills or something. Do your lessons, and the lingots will come. Makes me wonder if those people even care a whit about actually learning a language.
Perhaps the best way to earn lingots, is to first learn the lessons, and then post MEANINGFUL comments on Discussion, do CORRECT translation on Immersion, and level up. For example, you posted a meaningful comment and have been given, as of when I posted this, 35 lingots! Why have I never had such luck?
Very good point Brooke. I give lingots away freely to people who are posting interesting or helpful posts that are language related. I have over 500 lingots but tossing them to a kid begging for them? Never. As you said, it just encourages begging. By the way, have some lingots for your great post! Ha ha! (I had to do it!)
Sorry Captain, the reply option was gone on your last reply, so I am putting my reply here...I tried to click on the link for Hackney's post but the sad Duo Owl came up and it had an error page for some reason?
I am not trying to defend spamming but there could be two friends that know each other and this is their way of exchanging lingots. That might explains how they got 20+ lingots. But if I do see these post, I will flag them. But I have a feeling that it might not be spam.
I assume they are children who are excited about Duolingo and who want to get something cool in the Lingot store. As an elementary school teacher, I think I know what I'm looking at when I see those posts. And so, kind hearts give to children. If there is a veritable flood that jams up the discussion then, yes, something should be done to mitigate it. Alternately, maybe a "Kids Who Want Lingots" thread could be started. "Hey Kids! Come get your lingots here!" :D
A tips for these spammers: If you really want lingots why not try posting some interesting and thoughtful questions and discussions to Duolingo? This will be guaranteed to receive more lingots than just asking for them! It also contributes positively to the Duolingo community. Problem Solved :)
Danke! I have also been seeing this when I'm trying to actually EARN Lingots other than begging for them (thank goodness I haven't given anybody Lingots yet)...I totally agree with you; Duolingo is a free, language learning site/app so that you can LEARN a language for free, not a spammers "dream site" to where they can get free Lingots just by spamming. Viele Danke! ☺