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KudoZ per-day asking limits - good or bad?
Thread poster: Henry Dotterer

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 23:39
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Sep 12, 2005

We have now had the KudoZ 1/5/15 question-per-day limits in place for over a month. Question postings are down by 25 to 30%. KudoZ participants, please tell me: are we better or worse off with the limits, and why?

One post per member, please, 100 words or less. Poetic posts welcome.


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 06:39
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Much better Sep 12, 2005

I found the restriction improving the environment much. I would prefer even more strict rule like 1/3/5, still it's much better than before, when without restrictions.

[Edited at 2005-09-12 16:18]


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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Very good indeed Sep 12, 2005

I have seen a great improvement, especially regarding questions asked from nonmembers.

I would also prefer a stricter limit; however, I accept the current limit.


Monika




Kirill Semenov wrote:

I found the restriction improving the environment much. I would prefer even more strict rule like 1/3/5, still it's much better than before, when without restrictions.


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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Germany
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Definitely better off! Sep 12, 2005

I must admit that I was a bit sceptical at the start but now I'm convinced it was the right thing.
However I wouldn't like to see further restrictions down to 1/3/5 - the limits 1/5/15 are just right.

Erik


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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 01:39
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Much better! Sep 12, 2005

I think it`s much better. Abuse also dropped down.
Walter


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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:39
Member (2004)
English to German
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I opt for a less restrictive limit Sep 12, 2005

I did not support the limits, but accept them.

• Traffic dropped, which is not good for Proz.
• Traffic of other sites increased.
• Less terms are discussed, I can learn less.
• Within 2 years I made it into the Kudoz Top 10 in my specialty and language pair (this is something agencies respond to – if people like it or not).
• With the reduced No. of questions, it will be more difficult for newcomers to get there.
• Kudoz gave me a method, to find out who knows his specialty?

What are the advantages of the limits?

Siegfried

[Edited at 2005-09-12 16:45]


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 22:39
German to English
Much better Sep 12, 2005

I think what annoyed so many of us about serial askers was their perception that they could accept jobs they weren't qualified for and KudoZ would save their necks. We like to help fellow translators, but we balk at aiding and abetting fraud. We don't want to do jobs for people who haven't put in the hard work and study necessary to become a translator. It is right and proper for translators to subscribe to a minimum code of ethics, to adhere to such a code themselves and to express their displeasure when they see it blatantly breached.
In my language pair - German to English - I have seen a distinct decline in the number of people trying to get their jobs done for them by translators.



[Edited at 2005-09-12 16:46]


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xxxMihai Badea  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
Member (2004)
English to Romanian
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Good Sep 12, 2005

... because the questions whose answers can be found in a dictionary are less frequent than before. I think the number of the quality questions is pretty much the same.


[Edited at 2005-09-12 17:10]


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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:39
Latvian to English
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Yes, fine Sep 12, 2005

I haven't had to make use of my limit (yet!), but I'm happy with the way things are. One added bonus is that our resident Kudoz abuser has disappeared.

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 00:39
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Yes, but no lower, please! Sep 12, 2005

I fully agree with Kim; some askers requested entire paragraphs, piecemeal. That is now under control. But when I'm in round-the-clock mode, I can easily have more than 5 legitimate term questions. The new limits make me think very carefully about which--and whether--to ask. (And yes, I have every intention of going platinum as soon as I get the money, and figure out how to work my digital camera!)

One downside--I'm seeing more combining of two or more terms into a single question. In fact, I did it myself once! (Blush)


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 05:39
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I think Sep 12, 2005

quite a few people learned to consult the glossaries

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hecdan
Local time: 01:39
English to Spanish
what if? Sep 12, 2005

what if you simply disregard easy questions / answers that can be found in an ordinary dictionary / a simple web-search or the like?
Usually, I do so. No limits necessary, just plain common sense


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Linn Arvidsson  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 05:39
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Not good Sep 12, 2005

I did not support the change in the first place, and have not changed opinion since.
Why? Well, mainly because it affects the atmosphere on the site. The atmosphere was what first brought me here.
It also brings fewer visitors to the site which is a bad thing for all of us.
With the new filtering device one can filter away askers whose questions one wish not to see. This makes the limit unnecessary, IMHO.

[Edited at 2005-09-12 17:53]


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
English to German
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Maybe statistics could provide answers Sep 12, 2005

Parrot wrote:
..quite a few people learned to consult the glossaries

This could be verified by looking for any corresponding increase in the frequency of glossary queries.

It could also be interesting to analyse which types of questions are "lacking" now.


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