https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

To Spammers:

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! =)

February 10, 2015

81 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

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!

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Khantuta

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!

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo.berry

I also have an excess of lingots (if such a thing is possible) but I use them to give to high quality posts/big achievements (such as finishing tree).

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

Aw, thanks for the "virtual" lingots Khantuta! I am glad you like my "cute bookworm" :) I like your avatar too! :D

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Khantuta

Thank you for your kind words, DeutschMaus. Keep up the good work with your German tree! Guten Nacht.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

Danke, Khantuta! :)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

....or intellectual! I'll be laughing for an hour!

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

:D

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

I'd give you lingots, but you already said you had over 500 of them. =)

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

Aw, well thanks for thought Captain, but yes, I have a lot of lingots already so I am good! :)

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sirIesdor

I’m 11…

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren

I'm not sure why people give Lingots to beggars. It's not like you can't get them on your own through your own hard work. Everybody has a chance to get them.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fsdf7987987

I'm not sure why people give Lingots to beggars.

Well, you can only do so much with Lingots, after a while they become utterly useless. I give mine away as often as I can because I don't need nor want them, and if they make a newcomer happy then great.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nao321

That's kind of you.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ndugger1

I'd have to agree with you on this. It seems to be a rather useless currency with very little necessity. You can hardly do anything with them.

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sirIesdor

SO true. The only thing I find in the grand number of about, let’s say, about 5 things(

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PC-Duo

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.

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VellamoRinne

Not only that but I'm not sure how people DON'T have lingots, they're so easy to get and you can't do much with them, I know mine just pile up.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

I know, I've got 150 right now.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

I have 645 :P I'm trying to get to 1,000 and then I'll just use all of them to lingot bomb somebody

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Maybe you could pick out a good comment/post every week and give the author of it a 50 or so lingot prize?

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

I was thinking like one, giant lingot nuke. But that could be fun too

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

I don't have a reply option to your giant lingot nuke comment, but here's some uranium lingots for your nuke.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo.berry

I've got 233 (and rising)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/byeimgone123

I've got 181 lingots

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sirIesdor

63.

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

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.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Maybe there's a secret, underground black market for them, headed by a 21st Century Al Capone?

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

And since Duolingo is completely free, we can't get him on tax evasion :)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Oh man, this is the second comment on this post that I'll be spending the next hour laughing over!! Have a lingot.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

Danke :)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

Ha! That was good DasEinhorn!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

Vielen Dank!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Yes. But we all have a little bit of the lazy in us, and if they can get lingots by just saying, "Gimme Lingots", why shouldn't they do it?

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren

I can see why people would ask. I just don't see why people give them to beggars. If people have a boatload of Lingots that they want to give away, it's easy enough just to give them to people that make interesting comments rather than encourage begging.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

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?

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

There you go. Your post topic was great, Captain. Lingots all around. ;)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Drinks are on you! While you're handing out lingots you should give some to hackneyduo from whom I got the inspiration for this. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6910403

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo.berry

have a lingot (though you have 150)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

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?

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Yeah, I can't get to it either. It appears to have been deleted.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceKlara

Very good point

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Raininglingots

To make them happy :DDD

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceKlara

You're so right

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Artilex

I suspect that the reason of "I WANT DEM LINGOTS" style posts is because kids who don't like Duolingo at all but found out of this "virtual currency" and want to get the most of it. I could be wrong but, who knows...

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Artilex

Also: The moderators seem to be busy. There may actually be the same amount of spam, just that the mods are too busy to go on Duolingo and moderate.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003

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.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/coldasice26

I have over 1000 lingots, they have no value to me... But keeping this forum clean would be very appreciated

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/D_O_M_O

immediately gets spammed by "give me lingots" requests

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42

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

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Very weird and annoying spam indeed.

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/byeimgone123

Yay they are all deleted.

February 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Here are two example of Lingot Spam, both were posted just today:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6951578

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6951562

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

Just for the heck of it, not looking to donate, I clicked on both those links and got the "crippled owl" with Error 404, Page Does Not Exist. I hope they've been deliberately removed!

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Wouldn't that be great! Maybe they saw the "error of their ways".

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Here is a rather successful lingot spam post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6909588 If you don't like it, downvote it. =)

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ridley-C

Your post was so great that I will give lingots. =)

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Give lingots, not just to the one who posted a discussion, but to anybody who contributes a GOOD comment to that discussion, as it is they who really make a post worthwhile.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/eric.kneiling

I just love giving lingots away so that I feel better about not actually giving anything of real value to people- I'm a lingot philanthropist!

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ndugger1

Haha, this is great. I can be a generous donor without having to worry about it making my wallet any lighter. :)

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GringoAdventure

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 :)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus

Josh, agreed, problem solved! Have some lingots for that! :)

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JelloCandy

Ya, i agree with your decision. One time i saw this guy asking for a lingot, he was literally like" Please give me lingots. I'm running out." like what the heck!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rose_Senpai

Me, too!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rose_Senpai

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! ☺

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/orty886

My thought is when will people stop asking for Lingots?

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

When others stop giving them lingots. If we continue to give them lingots, they will continue to ask for them.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

That's a reason I try to resist commenting on their posts as well; I'm afraid of encouraging them since they're obviously into any kind of attention including negative. I do downvote but only because I'm hoping lots of downvotes will hasten their departure from the boards.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/orty886

why don't just get rid of giving lingot?

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ridley-C

People will stop asking for lingots if duolingo takes them away. Not asking that they should, though.

February 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Amidah

Wow! There are discussions?! Cool!! I love Duolingo! How do you give people lingots? And I totally agree!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Look under a comment and you will see two buttons, Reply and Give Lingot. Click the Give Lingot button and there you go. This is the only way I know of to award people lingots.

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StephenWHS

You have a very good point there

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Momtar

Tooooo right all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/murinon

Gimme lingots!

(not srs)

(srs)

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gryphowl

Lingots shouldn't be given because it will encourage them even more!

July 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/simopr1

P.S. Please Donate Lingots? I down voted. Someone is asking for Lingots

July 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/nate123hcs

What's up

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/whukriede

I give my lingots mostly to beggars.

February 11, 2015
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