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  • 1 - What is ProZ.com?

    ProZ.com--the community--is a group of language professionals that includes translators, interpreters, translation companies, and their clients. ProZ.com--the site--is a marketplace and workplace: thousands of language pros exchange job and term information here every day. ProZ.com--the staff--is a small group of programmers and language enthusiasts based in New York (United States), La Plata (Argentina) and Kharkiv (Ukraine), assisted by volunteer moderators around the world.

    How to use ProZ.com effectively:



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  • 2 - How is "ProZ.com" pronounced?

    At headquarters in New York, ProZ.com staff refer to the site as "proz-dot-com", with the 'proz' part pronounced exactly like "(written) prose" or "pros" (as in professionals). But some people say "pro-zee-dot-com", "pro-zed", "procetta", etc.


  • 3 - Who should I contact if I need help with completing my profile or using the site?

    If you need help with building up a good profile or with using any site feature, submit a support request. Site staff will assist you with anything you may need. You can also reach support staff by clicking on "Submit a support request" in the Support center page available from under the "About" tab.

    Or else, contact a site moderator in your language. You can find a list of available moderators here.


  • 4 - I want to use the old site design, the one with the full menu at the left. Can I?

    Yes. To go back, just access this link:
    http://www.proz.com/topic/42674?toggle_design=v3 (We suggest you bookmark this so that you can jump back and forth between old and new designs.)

    But be warned: we do not support the old design anymore. Things that are accessible from the new design are not accessible from the old (everything is accessible from the new.)

    Since we are unable to guarantee that we will not do something to make the old design unusable, and since we want all members to have access to all site features, there will be a time that we simply remove the old design from service. In the meantime, I suggest that anyone using the old design simply switch back and forth (using the bookmarked "go-back" link) until they are comfortable with the new design.


  • 5 - How many glossaries are there on the site?

    There are two general glossaries on the site: a personal glossary and the KudoZ glossary.

    (GlossPost is a specialized discussion group for the dissemination of glossary, dictionary and terminology database URLs among translators.)

    When a user asks a KudoZ question, and after it has been graded, the user has the option of adding the KudoZ question to the KudoZ glossary and their personal glossary. Once the term is entered in the KudoZ glossary, it can be searched by various KudoZ search functions, i.e. KudoZ search, KudoZ glossaries, and search glossaries under the KudoZ menu bar.

    Note: Once the KudoZ term has been entered in your personal glossary, that term has become part of your "personal glossary", not your "KudoZ" glossary.

    Personal glossaries may be uploaded and/or entered by you in order to build your term base by clicking on the "edit terms" link on the left side of your profile page. If you would like to delete/rename a glossary, click on the "My Glossary" link under the "My ProZ.com" menu bar.

    FYI: Browniz are awarded when you enter terms in your personal glossary and when you format KudoZ terms.


  • 6 - My country is not listed on the site, or is not listed correctly.

    The site uses ISO codes for both languages and countries listed. A list of countries and ISO codes for them can be found here.

    If your country is listed in ISO but does not appear on the site, or is listed incorrectly according to the ISO codes, please notify staff by submitting a support request.


  • 7 - Can I customize my homepage?

    Yes. There are several areas of the homepage which you can customize to suit your preferences, including the forums, jobs and KudoZ questions shown.

  • KudoZ: click on the "Customize" link for the KudoZ box on your homepage and follow the steps there, or go directly to http://www.proz.com/kudoz/ and enter the pairs or other criteria you wish to filter your questions by and click on View questions (and save settings). Note that to show multiple language pairs, these should be language pairs you have already added to your profile. If you need to add a language pair to your profile, you can do so in your Profile updater.

  • Jobs: click on the "Customize" link for the Jobs box on your homepage and follow the steps there, or go directly to http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs and enter the pairs or other criteria you wish to filter your jobs by and click on Search jobs (and save settings). Note that to show multiple language pairs, these should be language pairs you have already added to your profile. If you need to add a language pair to your profile, you can do so in your Profile updater.

  • Forums: click on the "Customize" link for the Forums box on your homepage and follow the steps there to select which forums and postings will appear on your homepage. Remember that if you have selected many forums for your homepage, it is possible that not all posts will be shown.


  • 8 - Can I link to ProZ.com from my website?

    Yes! Links to ProZ.com from your website are welcome. You can find some easy links and images to include in your website here: http://www.proz.com/link_to_proz

    Please note that when linking to ProZ.com, we ask that you not show ProZ.com pages embedded within the frames of your own site.


  • 9 - How can I contact ProZ.com staff?

    The quickest, most convenient (and most highly preferred by ProZ.com staff) way to contact ProZ.com is to submit a:

    Support Request

    Comments and suggestions, as well as reports of problems and requests for help should be submitted using the Support Requests link above.

    Note: Most system messages come from bounce-handler@proz.com. This is NOT a valid address, and any replies are automatically deleted. Please submit a Support Request instead.


  • 10 - How do I obtain a screenshot of the page I am viewing and attach it to a support request?

    A screenshot is an image of your computer screen as it currently looks to you. It is useful for showing to support staff to illustrate a problem you are having. If you have submitted a support request or you are about to submit one and you need to attach an image of the page you are viewing to exemplify an issue, just visit the page you want to copy and click on "Impr Pant" or "Prnt Scrn" (this key is normally located in the upper right corner of your keyboard). This will save a copy of the page you are viewing in your computer memory.

    Then, open Paint application (Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint) and select 'Paste' from the "Edit" option in the top menu. This will paste the image copied in the previous step in the Paint file. Finally, save the file as .jpg in your computer and attach it to your support request by clicking on "Browse" in the 'Attachment' section of the request and searching the file in your computer file system. Once that the file has been attached and all other fields in the support request have been completed (Category, Subject and Description ), click on "Submit".


  • 11 - How can I get the complete headers of an email message?

    See this FAQ from third-party site SpamCop for information about how to view the full headers of an email message.


  • 12 - Where can I see my past support requests?

    Just look under the My ProZ.com tab at the top of the page, "My support requests".


  • 13 - How can I clear my browser's cache?

    Most browsers maintain a local copy of web pages on your disk or in memory to speed up reloading previously visited web pages. This is called a "cache" of those pages. Sometimes, the browser doesn't recognize that a newer version of a page is available, and shows you the old one.

    To override your browser's cache, try reloading a web page by holding down the SHIFT key and pressing F5 or clicking Refresh or Reload. If that does not work, try clearing your cache by following the instructions on this page:

    http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/cache.htm

    If you continue to have problems that appear to be caused by caching, you may need to edit the cache settings in your browser. See this page for more information about editing your browser's cache settings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bypass_your_cache


  • 14 - How is the randomness of the featured translator determined?

    The selection algorithm is completely random and is not weighted in favor of any particular individual. The protections are specific to the frequency of display in relation to a rough deviation from the mean.

    Specifically, the display frequency is compared to the average number of times a translator has been featured, if a randomly selected profile has been featured more than twice the average, then another profile will be selected until one meets the criteria.


  • 15 - What are “ad-hominem statements” and why are they forbidden by site general rule #2?

    According to the Law Encyclopedia's definition quoted by Answers.com, “ad-hominem” [Latin, To the person.] is a term used in debate to denote an argument made personally against an opponent, instead of against the opponent's argument.

    The reason that ad hominem arguments are not allowed is that they tend, at least in ProZ.com forums, to degeneration in discourse. Since the solution to translation-related problems or issues do not tend to require an ad hominem statement, this restriction against them does not detract from the purposes of the forums. On the contrary, disallowing ad hominem remarks has the effect of refocusing attention on the issues.


  • 16 - I have a complaint about a rules enforcement or other action taken by moderators or staff, where can I register this?

    If you have a problem, complaint or question regarding rules enforcement actions taken by staff or moderators, please contact site staff via the support system. When necessary, requests such as these will be referred to a supervisor. Requests for clarification on site rules and rules enforcement should use this channel, and not be posted in the forums.


  • 17 - Is interaction among friends, family or close associates allowed at ProZ.com?

    In line with general site rule #2, while friends, family or close associates can simultaneously participate at ProZ.com, this participation should not be carried out among these profiles in order to maintain a certain level of transparency.

    Friends, family or close associates are invited to participate in KudoZ, discuss topic of interest in forums, leave feedback on service providers or outsourcers. However, this interaction should not be carried out to gain unfair advantage.

    In cases where there is evidence to suspect unfair interaction, site staff will enforce general site rule #2 accordingly to ensure fairness.


  • 18 - How can I post my comments on the "Testimonials" page?

    You are welcome to give us your feedback by submitting a support request. However, note that not all feedback comments received are necessarily included in the testimonials page.


  • 19 - What is the "Ideas" link at the top of the page for?

    The "Ideas" link at the top right of the page is another way of providing feedback on the site, or of making suggestions and sharing ideas for site improvement. The feature also includes a voting mechanism, allowing users to vote for ideas or suggestions that have been submitted.


  • 20 - Localization / character sets

  • 20.1 - I am viewing the site in a language I cannot understand. What happened?

    On the bottom right corner of the home page there is a drop down menu. To change the site language, please click on the drop down menu and select the language desired.


  • 20.2 - What character sets (Cyrillic, etc.) can I use throughout the site?

    The ProZ.com site does not differentiate between different character sets. Text that is inputted is outputted exactly as entered, including using the same character set.

    Translators may have problems viewing certain character sets on the site. These problems are not specific to ProZ.com, and need to be corrected at the browser/operating system level. Exactly how to do this varies, but usually requires manually specifying the character set to display the page in using a "Character Set " or "Character Coding" menu in the browser, or installing the needed character set at the browser or operating system level. Please consult your local documentation for further details.

    Questions regarding displaying different character sets often come up in the ProZ.com Forums (click here), so you may wish to browse the archives for helpful hints. Always check the archives first before asking a question, because there is a good chance it has been asked before.


  • 20.3 - Site text is not displaying correctly in my language. What should I do?

    If you encounter character encoding issues and any site text is not displaying correctly, make sure your browser recognizes that the page is in Unicode. You can check this preference by going to "View" and clicking on "Encoding" from the main menu in your browser.

    If the issue persists, please submit a support request and specify what encoding option is selected in your browser so that site staff can look into the issue further.


  • 20.4 - The localization in my language is inconsistent and/or I think there is an error in the localization of the site into my language(s). What can I do?

    Thanks for your willingness to help. If you think there is an error in the translation of any part of the site that has already been localized, please submit a support request, choose the category "localization" from the drop-down menu or notify one of the localization coordinators that appear at the bottom of every localized page. To learn more about the localization project at ProZ.com here.


  • 20.5 - How does ProZ.com handle character sets?

    Originally ProZ.com did not specify a character set in its pages, allowing text to be entered in any encoding specific to the language being used. Unfortunately this policy does not make for a site that is easy to view, especially in languages in which there is no single standard character encoding, such as Japanese.

    To alleviate this problem ProZ.com began a policy to migrate the site to using Unicode as a standard character encoding for the entire site. Starting in February 2006 parts of the site began being converted to using Unicode and converting older data into working Unicode text.


  • 20.6 - How can I set the character encoding used by my browser?

    Most browsers allow you to view a page in your chosen encoding by selecting View->Encoding from the browser's main menu. Note, however, that your choice of encoding may not "stick"--that is, when you visit another page, the encoding may change and you may need to set your browser's character encoding again.


  • 20.7 - What is Unicode?

    To understand what Unicode is, it is important to understand the concept behind a character set.

    When text is entered into and stored on a computer it is stored in binary like all data on a computer is stored. A character set is essentially a table that tells the computer how the binary version of the text turns into actual characters on the screen. Most character sets only have room for a maximum of 255 characters, so originally each language family would have its own character set that mapped the stored data into the characters of that language's alphabet or symbols.

    Because character sets were specific to languages that shared the same symbols, and there were often more than one character set for any given language, exchanging text between computers became increasingly difficult as the internet and international exchanges became more widespread.

    To solve this problem the Unicode character set was created. The intent of Unicode is to offer a single character set that contains a way of representing all characters from as many languages as possible. For most people the technical details are not important, the important thing is that with Unicode it is possible to display almost any character on the same page or document without having to worry about which character set needs to be used.


  • 20.8 - Why should I use Unicode?

    To put it simply, Unicode is the character encoding of the future. As time goes on the need for the exchange of text in multiple languages becomes more and more important. For international, multi-lingual communities like ProZ.com this is an absolute essential technology.

    Here are just a few of the possible texts that can all be displayed at once using unicode:

    Arabic - يونِكود
    Cyrillic - Юникод
    Greek - Γιούνικοντ
    Chinese - 统一码
    Hebrew - יוניקוד
    Japanese - ユニコード
    Devanagari - यूनिकोड


  • 20.9 - This text is in Unicode, why is it showing up as question marks or missing character symbols?

    There are two reasons why this could be happening.

    The first is that while Unicode is a character set that tells your computer which characters to display your computer still needs a font to determine what these characters actually look like. Most modern computers come with all the Unicode fonts for the most widely used languages, but there are some that need their own font to be added.

    Fonts for some of the lesser used scripts in unicode can be found here.

    The other reason this text might be garbled is that it is not truly Unicode. When a modern browser receives non-Unicode text when it is expecting Unicode it will try its best to turn that text into Unicode, but depending on the original character set of the text this might not be possible. What results is a text that uses the Unicode character set that because it was translated incorrectly no longer holds any meaning.


  • 20.10 - I am unable to sign in, and my username or password contains non-ASCII characters.

    Because ProZ.com's login forms now expect usernames and passwords to be entered in Unicode, if your username or password was previously entered using non-Unicode characters, you may be unable to sign in.

    If you know the encoding in which your username and password are stored, visit the non-Unicode login page, set your browser to use the correct encoding, and sign in. (See this FAQ to learn how to set the character encoding in your browser.)

    If you do not know the original encoding of your username and password, or if you still have trouble signing in, you can change your username and password to use Unicode characters by following the instructions on this page.


  • 20.11 - My name appears garbled in some parts of the site. How can I correct it?

    If your name does not display correctly in some parts of the site, it may be stored in a character set other than Unicode. If that is the case, underneath your name on your profile page you will see a link to convert your name to Unicode. Click the link and follow the instructions on the subsequent pages. (If your identity has been verified, converting your name to Unicode using this method will not cause your identity verification to be revoked.)


  • 20.12 - My data appears garbled in some parts of the site. How can I fix this?

    If data that you entered appears garbled in some parts of the site, it may not have been encoded in Unicode. In much of the site we try to automatically convert data to Unicode when possible, so your data may appear fine in some areas but garbled in others. To make your data appear correctly throughout the entire site, simply correct it using the editing form for that data. New data that you submit from now on should automatically be encoded using Unicode, and should therefore appear correctly throughout the site.


  • 20.13 - What are these checkmark and arrow icons appearing by text throughout the site?

    Because not all data at ProZ.com is encoded using Unicode, we are attempting to automatically convert non-Unicode data into Unicode as it is displayed. This conversion is not always accurate because it requires the system to guess the encoding of the original text. The and buttons allow viewers to tell the system whether it converted the data correctly.

    If the text preceding the buttons appears garbled, please click on the icon to help the system determine the correct conversion of the data.

    If the text is displayed correctly, click on the icon to tell the system that it guessed correctly.



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  • 21 - Localization (L10n)

  • 21.1 - What is ProZ.com localization project?

    It is a project by which the ProZ.com site is translated (localized) from English into other languages by a team of volunteers selected form among ProZ.com members.


  • 21.2 - Where can I find the localization page?

    You can find the main localization page under the "About" tab > "localization" or by clicking here.


  • 21.3 - I would like to help localize ProZ.com into my native language. What should I do?

    Please visit the localization page. Based on the information in your profile the page will show you the localization team you may join. To submit your request to join a team click on the link "send request to join" as shown in the example below:


  • 21.4 - How are the members of the localization team selected?

    Translators willing to help localize the site into their native language submit their requests to join a team via ProZ.com support center. Preference is given to localization volunteers who are members of the site as membership at ProZ.com represents a certain level of dedication to the site which is considered an important aspect of the criteria, and also allows a localization team member to better understand and help fellow members with features which may not be available to non-paying site users. Another key factor is the candidate's profile. The more complete the profile the better. Some of the factors taken into account are: profile completion, participation on the site, credentials reported (and verified by site staff), KudoZ participation, etc. Participation in the ProZ.com Certified PRO Network is also important.


  • 21.5 - How are localization teams organized?

    There is a localization team for each language into which the site is translated. Each localization team may be organized in 1 of 2 ways:

    1) A team can be comprised of a team leader and additional team members.

    2) A localization team can be comprised only of team members.


  • 21.6 - Do localization team members receive recognition?

    Yes, for the words translated and proofread team members receive browniz that can be later exchanged for membership. Localizers also receive recognition in their profiles by means of the legend: "This translator is helping to localize ProZ.com into {language}". This message appears only when at least 1000 words have been translated.

    Read this article on the benefits of helping to localize ProZ.com into your native language.


  • 21.7 - How can I change the language in which I view the site?

    On the bottom right corner of the home page there is a drop down menu. To change the site language, please scroll down the home page, click on the drop down menu and select the language desired.


  • 21.8 - The localized version of the site differs in meaning from the English version. Which should I observe?

    In the event of any dispute as to the interpretation of the text of any section of the site, the official language version of ProZ.com (English) will prevail. If you find major differences in meaning please submit a support request or contact the localization team leader.



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  • 22 - Date and time

  • 22.1 - What time zone is used on ProZ.com?

    By default, all times are shown on the site in GMT. However, registered users can choose to see times in their preferred time zone instead.

    Set GMT offset with ProZ.com profile:


  • 22.2 - How can I see dates and times in my own time zone and preferred format?

    You can change the way dates and times appear to you on ProZ.com by adjusting your date and time display preferences. In addition to setting your time zone, you can specify whether you prefer to see times using a 12- or 24-hour clock, for example.

    To edit your date and time preferences, click the time zone link in the current time that is shown at the top of each page. You can also edit this from the profile editor and various other places.


  • 22.3 - Which time zone should I choose? Why are there so many time zones in my country?

    Some countries have several different time zones to choose from. This is often a result of different regions within the country observing different rules about when to adjust clocks for daylight savings time (or whether to observe it at all).

    If several time zones are listed for your country, choose the one with the GMT offset that matches your current time.

    If there is more than one time zone with your GMT offset, choose the time zone associated with the nearest large metropolitan city. Some attempt has been made to indicate the most common time zones in these cases.

    If you are in a jurisdiction with daylight savings time rules that are unusual for your area, you are likely already aware of this, and you should select the time zone that indicates this special region.

    If you are still unsure which time zone to choose, please submit a support ticket for assistance.


  • 22.4 - How is daylight savings time (DST) handled?

    Time changes due to daylight savings time or summer time should be handled automatically, if your time zone is set correctly. ProZ.com uses the public domain "zoneinfo" database to track rules for daylight savings time in different jurisdictions. See http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoneinfo for details.

    If you do not want to wait until the timezone database is updated with the new data for automatic DST changes, you can temporarily pick a different timezone with the correct GMT offset. To do so, go to your time/date preferences, underneath the drop-down list of timezones, and click [Show all]. Then select one of the other timezones labeled as yours. For example, if your timezone is GMT+5 and it changes to GMT+6 for DST, you can temporarily select a timezone that is GMT+6.


  • 22.5 - What is GMT?

    GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which refers to a time standard based on International Atomic Time. This time standard is also known as UTC (Universal Coordinated Time). World time zones can be expressed as positive or negative offsets from GMT.


  • 22.6 - What is a calendar entry (.ics) file?

    iCalendar is a computer file format which allows Internet users to send meeting requests and tasks to other Internet users, via email, or sharing files with an extension of .ics.

    The "Add to calendar" links provided in various places throughout the site allow you to download a related .ics (iCalendar) file. iCalendar is a popular and industry-standard file format for specifying calendars and calendar entries, and is supported by many common applications including Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, and Apple iCal.



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  • 23 - Languages

  • 23.1 - How was the list of languages used throughout ProZ.com created?

    The ISO (International Standards Organization) published a 3-letter coding system with approximately 430 languages included. We use those, with additions made based on member requests.


  • 23.2 - I would like a certain language added to the list. How can I request that?

    Enter a support request.


  • 23.3 - What about other changes?

    Please suggest any other changes to the list via support request.



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  • 24 - Why does Internet Explorer say "There is a problem with this website's security certificate"?

    If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier, or if you use Internet Explorer under Windows XP (or Windows 7 with certain configuration settings), you may see the message "There is a problem with this website's security certificate" when viewing secured (SSL) pages on ProZ.com servers.

    This happens because those versions of Internet Explorer don't understand the technology ProZ.com uses to serve secure SSL web pages. (ProZ.com switched to this new technology, called SNI, in November 2014, to increase security for ProZ.com-hosted web applications).

    You can resolve this issue by taking one of the following actions:


    • If you use Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier, upgrade to a more recent version.
    • If you use Windows 7 and see this warning in Internet Explorer, you may need to enable the TLS protocol. Go to Control Panel->Internet Options->Advanced, and under "Security", tick the checkbox for each of the options labeled "Use TLS {version}".
    • If you use Windows XP or earlier, no version of Internet Explorer supports this secure site technology. You can use a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox to view the secure pages without warnings.


    See this blog post at the Microsoft Developer Network for more details.



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