https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc

hackathon

In anticipation of hackathon (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/774419) I made couple of more suggestions so let me know what do you think about them :)

I'm not a programmer but it think only #1 for discussions could be difficult to implement.

LESSONS:

  1. Always show the Duolingo's main translation in lessons. (Sometimes my translations are very literal and if there are no comments in the sentence discussion I forget to check duolingo's main translation)

  2. In listen and type when we make a typo show the translation along with the correct solution. (Lots of times there is blank space where there should be a translation in sentence discussion.)

DISCUSSIONS:

  1. Ability to follow a certain comment or a button "I want to know this as well." (This one feels a bit redundant since we have "follow discussion" option but If there are a lot of comments and we want to keep track of specific ones this could be helpful.)

  2. Remove down-voting outside of the discussion

  3. Add follow button outside of the discussion

September 16, 2013

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra

What do you mean by "remove down-voting outside of the discussion"? Do you mean that you can't down vote something without actually opening the discussion?

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc

Yes, that is exactly what I mean.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

I really like that idea. That makes total sense.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

Yeah, so do I. It would reduce "judging books by their covers".

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

I'm an amateur programmer, and I agree that all of those should be fairly simple to implement, except maybe Lessons #1, and definitely Discussions #1. The rest should be simple.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

How would #1 under discussions be that different from up-voting a discussion? Unless you mean that an up-vote is not an obvious enough indicator of people's desire to get a response from the developers.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc

As you said and if I am not mistaken up-voting doesn't provide developers with an information that there is a question inside the discussion that needs attention since it can mean so many different things.

Creating that system would be something even more difficult than what I have imagined which is to have an ability to mark a comment so we can get a specific notification in our notification bell when somebody replies to that question/comment we were interested in.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wyzra

What I really don't like is that lessons 1 and 2 seemed to be implemented before all the recent cosmetic changes....I'm not even sure what the benefits of the new look are supposed to be.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaxman15

I like.It makes complete sense.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

I'm not sure why you would want to follow a discussion that you haven't opened up yet.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc

You're right, this one doesn't make a lot of sense. A small benefit from that would be that it would show us which discussions we are following with only a glance at the list of discussions.

September 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

I would love to see the option to see all the discussions you are currently following.

September 17, 2013
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