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How does "My answer should be accepted" work ?

I presume when several (5-10?) same reports are made it notifies the language expert, who then makes the decision whether to accept those reports or not.

If it's like that then probably other options from "Report a problem" work the same. Also I hope that reports made by higher lvl users have more pull within that system.

September 24, 2013



Yes, as far as I have understood, priorities are identified in proportion to the number of (relevant) "reports" received.

Which explains that the bottom of the tree is still in need of improvements (understatement) and why most of my own "my answer should be accepted" are not successful, in spite of my higher level.


I have never received a reply in Spanish but have often received one in German, with a nice thank you. I used to think no one really reviewed my reports, but Luis explained that the Spanish reviewers receive a lot of feedback since it is Duo's most commonly studied language.


I also have reported many problems with answers in Spanish that should be accepted, or have suggested better English for the "correct solutions", but have never received a reply. I didn't even know that was a possibility!


Learn German. The reviewers are so courteous! :)


I've always presumed it's the way you described in your first paragraph too. With duolingo's sentence matching algorithm used to group suggestions with trivial differences (e.g. lack of capitalisation, etc).

But I hadn't thought of them taking it further with weighting of reports from individual users. If they did that then perhaps a rating based on number of previous reports accepted would be a good rubric (with some finessing).


Maybe you're right about the algorithm, but I'll refer you to this discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/61884.

And this is a response from Julika of the German team:

Hi MsLagerkvist2,

You suggested “No, the skirt is not ready.” as a translation for “Nein, der Rock ist nicht fertig.” We now accept this translation. :)

Thanks for the contribution, please keep it up!

  • Julika from Duolingo


Here's a recent one I received:

Hi OskaLingo,

You suggested “lots of people live by themselves” as a translation for “Beaucoup de gens vivent seuls.” We now accept this translation. :)

Thanks for the contribution, please keep it up!

- Rémy from Duolingo

As you can see it's exactly the same format, which strongly suggests they autogenerate these responses.


I see absolutely that you are right! But no such response is ever generated in Spanish.


P.S. In Spanish Duolingo someone just reported a response to a suggestion. Plus, I just reviewed a Spanish lesson in which one of my answers was accepted when it was formerly marked wrong: I never received an acknowledgement, but clearly enough people made the same suggestion that a change was made. Maybe the "We accept the translation" response comes when someone is the tipping point in the number of suggestions.


Wish a staff member would answer this..

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