The case for looking backwards (old kudoz questions)
Thread poster: Robert Donahue
Robert Donahue  Identity Verified
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Jun 26, 2005

Or, why it is beneficial to take a look at our past. A while back out of curiousity (and truth be told boredom) I went and took a gander at open kudoz from the year 2000 and onward. It was actually pretty interesting. It was sort of a little peek at Kudoz past. In many ways things were much the same as they are now; questions with little or no context, posted in the wrong lanuage pairs, declined answers without comment, etc. As I read though I came across a lot of questions essentially just sitting there. What I mean to say is questions that received good answers but only had one (or no) agree. There are also a bunch that have gone unanswered altogether. I would propose that those of us with a little time on our hands go back and take a look at these questions. Many of these questions are just in need of an agree here and there to "take them off the books" so to speak. In addition, there are a bunch that have simply never been answered and are in need of a little attention. What do you say?

***For the record, I am referring specifically to questions in the English monolingual and Russian to English categories. I didn't research others but I'm sure this is a common enough situation.


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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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Not a bad idea Jun 26, 2005

Not just to cause that the automatic system awards kudoz to colleagues, but most importantly to keep compiling these living sets of helpful tools which are the proz.com glossaries. After 1,027 days of having posted an answer, some industrious colleague took the time to review it. We all can contribute a bit to make of this site a wider door to the translation universe.

Best regards,

Elías Sauza


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Anabel Martínez  Identity Verified
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I do it from time to time Jun 26, 2005

You made a great call, Robert. I had been thinking about doing a similar call

I'm one of those who, when I have a little time, search for open questions in my pair and fields and give some agrees, if I believe there are good answers and, therefore, such questions should be closed. It might be neurosis, but I think it's so unfair to have open questions! If we all did a little cleaning from time to time this could change entirely!

This is all to say that I support your idea and put it in practice as often as I can


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Call to arms Jun 26, 2005

There was a cleaning campaign organized in the PL-EN pair a while back. It's a good way to get a whole bunch of browniZ.
As long as you award the agrees sensibly, for answers that actually deserve it...
As for the unanswered question (sorry, Mr. Ives ) - I guess some things have been asked over the years that defied our collective genius.

Cheers,
Pawel Skalinski


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Good plan - how d'y do it? Jun 26, 2005

Robert Donahue wrote:

Or, why it is beneficial to take a look at our past. A while back out of curiousity (and truth be told boredom) I went and took a gander at open kudoz from the year 2000 and onward.


At the risk of sounding like the cyber-village idiot, how can you easily get a list of the earliest open questions?
I know you can apply a filter for open-only, but they're still most-recent first... Did you have to click "more >" a zillion times, or is there a handy tip you could impart to us?


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Robert Donahue  Identity Verified
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For English (as an example) Jun 26, 2005

Charlie Bavington wrote:

Robert Donahue wrote:

Or, why it is beneficial to take a look at our past. A while back out of curiousity (and truth be told boredom) I went and took a gander at open kudoz from the year 2000 and onward.


At the risk of sounding like the cyber-village idiot, how can you easily get a list of the earliest open questions?
I know you can apply a filter for open-only, but they're still most-recent first... Did you have to click "more >" a zillion times, or is there a handy tip you could impart to us?


OK, use advanced search. Languages:English, Fields: All fields, Level: All, Status: Open, Personal: All Questions. Then click the "View Questions" button.

It should show something like this;

English
Fields: All
288 results found. Showing results 1 - 50
1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Last

I'd suggest clicking last and working back. There are also a lot of questions classified "easy" that are not in fact easy. You might want to look at changing these.

As far as other languages, Ru-En requires your to keep clicking "more" until you get to the end.

Good luck!


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jun 26, 2005

Robert Donahue wrote:

OK, use advanced search. Languages:English, Fields: All fields, Level: All, Status: Open, Personal: All Questions. Then click the "View Questions" button.

It should show something like this;

English
Fields: All
288 results found. Showing results 1 - 50
1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Last

I'd suggest clicking last and working back. There are also a lot of questions classified "easy" that are not in fact easy. You might want to look at changing these.

As far as other languages, Ru-En requires your to keep clicking "more" until you get to the end.

Good luck!


Ah, right. I had tried initially on Fr>En. Still, I'll go and have a look at the Eng monolingual at least....


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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
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Robert, please expand Jun 26, 2005

Robert, sorry, I can not find that "advanced search" you have mentioned. In other Searches one has to enter a word and select languages and field. And there is no oprion "all fileds" there.

I am losing it)

Robert Donahue wrote:
OK, use advanced search. Languages:English, Fields: All fields, Level: All, Status: Open, Personal: All Questions. Then click the "View Questions" button.

It should show something like this;

English
Fields: All
288 results found. Showing results 1 - 50
1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Last
Good luck!


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Robert Donahue  Identity Verified
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Maybe this will work... Jun 27, 2005

http://www.proz.com/kudoz?&pairs=eng_eng&fields=all&level=all&status=open&personal=all&view=concise&questions_per_page=50&font_size=2&float=n&keyword_kudoz=&nresults=288&start=250

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Robert Donahue  Identity Verified
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Ru->En Jun 27, 2005

http://www.proz.com/kudoz?&pairs=rus_eng&fields=all&level=all&status=open&personal=all&view=concise&questions_per_page=50&font_size=2&float=n&keyword_kudoz=&nresults=185&start=150

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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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To cheat.... Jun 27, 2005

Robert Donahue wrote:


As far as other languages, Ru-En requires your to keep clicking "more" until you get to the end.

Good luck!


Actually, once you've clicked "more" once, you end up with a parameter "startpage=x" at the end of the URL. You can overwrite that with any number and it'll jump to that place in the list. It's a bit of a random approach, but it works.
You can then scroll through Qs, using the next/previous Q prompts on the Q page (instead of return to list, or the back button, which doesn't work properly if you've added anything to the Q)

That said, I note that a lot of open questions are either pretty much unaswerable, or are open because the Asker declined all answers (or the only answer!) at the time and didn't close the Q.


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