Duolingo has a new mobile feature called "Club" where you get grouped with a bunch of users to practice language, and there are challenges and questions. You get encouraged to get points by posting to the group in that language...

but you can't block people. You can't mute people, and you are literally encouraged to spam the group (the more you post, the more points you get)...

And you get notifications every time someone posts in it.

Who thought this was a good idea?

I literally won't stop getting notifications being some jackass keeps writing "くそ" over and over again and I cannot block, mute, or report him. Seriously?

As a non-techy person, I need yall to understand: just because you *hope* your technology won't be used for harassment, spam, and abuse doesn't mean assholes won't find a way. You need reporting tools. You need to safeguard for your users.

Get it through your thick fucking skulls already.

I'm soooOOOOooooOOOSOosoooso tired of people not doing due diligence. I'm a not techy person. I shouldn't have to jump through 8000 hoops just to safely interact with your product. Jesus Christ on a popstick.

@guerrillarain are you willing to financially contribute to this?

@frak I should not need to pay Duolingo in order to be able block a person?

@guerrillarain ok, but you do know it takes real people actual time to write features for Mastodon and also to test them? Duolingo has a business model but Mastodon is free (as in speech, not beer)

@guerrillarain I get you. I understand that the tools you ask for are important. But on a FOSS project the only important thing is a good pull request.

@frak @guerrillarain Sorry, but as a developer myself, that's simply not true.

Whilst not every nonprogrammer submits valid criticism or suggestions, a surprising number do. And far too many developers are way too far inside the stack to see those problems.

Hell, Socrates pointed this out 2500 years ago and it's still true:

"one man has the ability to beget arts, but the ability to judge of their usefulness or harmfulness to their users belongs to another."


@guerrillarain As a technical person who works in tech, I'm furious that reporting/blocking tools aren't the first thing built into community-oriented features.

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