KudoZ: 2 weeks to grade answer is not enough
Thread poster: Claudia Alvis

Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Mar 31, 2006

Hello,

I have just realized that the robot automatically selects the answer with most agrees, only two weeks after the question is posted. I didn't know this because it usually takes me less than that to grade an answer. But there may be different reasons why it may take more than two weeks. I think the 2-week period should be extended to at least 4 weeks.

Claudia


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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And why is that Mar 31, 2006

Hello there, would you like to elaborate on why? What makes 2 weeks not enough, in your opinion?

I, on the other hand, think 2 weeks is entirely too long! Suppose you haven't graded an answer in two weeks. Unless you've gone on vacation, that just means you've received at least 3 reminders to grade your question but ignored them. The robot may not always be fair, but it's the asker who lets it step in and make the decision.

Cheers

[Edited at 2006-03-31 21:30]


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Reasons Mar 31, 2006

Well,

As you said, vacations, too much work, the asker may have not found the answer by him/herself yet, etc.

Or like what happened to me: I'm working on a large project involving several documents, there are many terms repeated thoughout the documents so I want to keep the concordance. But none of the answers proposed were correct and I found the translation on my own. But, as I said, this is an on-going project and I still may find a better translation, so I rather hold back closing the question so I can enter the best term into the glossaries.

At least there should be an option so the asker can manually extend this period.

Claudia


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Dina Abdo  Identity Verified
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I guess two weeks are more than enough! Apr 1, 2006

Taking into consideration the number of questions posted on each language pair daily, no answerer will probably be checking a question posted two weeks ago. Accordingly, you will probably be having no more new answers after two weeks!

If you couldn't find a suitable answer among the proposed ones after two weeks, then you can just close the question without grading, and maybe re-post it again to refresh possibilties of new answers proposed.

I guess that two weeks are enough if you ask me


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Elena Pavan  Identity Verified
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Most helpulf, not exact solution Apr 1, 2006

Caliaa wrote:

But none of the answers proposed were correct and I found the translation on my own. But, as I said, this is an on-going project and I still may find a better translation, so I rather hold back closing the question so I can enter the best term into the glossaries.

Claudia


You should grade the MOST HELPFUL solution and not the right one. Even if the translation is not the right one in that context, the answerer might give you some hints, and you can find the best solution yourself starting from those hints.
One solution: you can grade the most helpful answer after the 2 weeks, without entering the term in the glossay. And then probably ask another Kudoz question, with the same term, but in another context.
2nd solution: Why not posting the question by the end of the projet or during proofreading: you can write all the contexts and ask to find the bettere solution, which adapts in all your cases.
Have a nice week-end!
Elena


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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Extend the period Apr 1, 2006

Caliaa wrote:

At least there should be an option so the asker can manually extend this period.

Claudia


This is a good solution. It shows the asker is committed and will eventually grade which is what we want.

Also, sometimes there just isn't any helpful answers at all (and not just incorrect answers).


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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extending the period and bringing the question 'up front' again Apr 1, 2006

... might be a good solution. Answerers who were too busy the first time round would get a second chance, and it's odd how sometmes an answer appears from the subconscious or some odd place - a really helpful answer might come through if the question appeared again.

This option would not be used often, I suspect, but if the asker could register in response to a reminder that more time was needed, it might just produce a result.

This would be useful to later searchers too, if or when the same question came up again - it would be there in the glossaries...


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Werner Peters
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User-defined period Apr 1, 2006

Maybe a fully user-defined period would be good...

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gad
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I totally and completely agree Apr 1, 2006

Caliaa wrote:

Or like what happened to me: I'm working on a large project involving several documents, there are many terms repeated thoughout the documents so I want to keep the concordance. But none of the answers proposed were correct and I found the translation on my own. But, as I said, this is an on-going project and I still may find a better translation, so I rather hold back closing the question so I can enter the best term into the glossaries.

At least there should be an option so the asker can manually extend this period.

Claudia


I agree and had asked this in one case - I had submitted a support ticket and was told that they could not extend this period of time. To me, this makes no sense. Yes, if you are working on a large project, then absolutely you might not be able to grade the question in two weeks' time.

I think that without a doubt, this should be extended should the Asker so desire.


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gad
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Isn't the point of KudoZ questions to build an accurate KudoZ glossary? Apr 1, 2006

Elena Pavan wrote:

You should grade the MOST HELPFUL solution and not the right one. Even if the translation is not the right one in that context, the answerer might give you some hints, and you can find the best solution yourself starting from those hints.
One solution: you can grade the most helpful answer after the 2 weeks, without entering the term in the glossay.


I've done this, and then had one answerer ask me "do you want to make the glossary entry, or should I?" as if there HAS to be a resulting glossary entry from every KudoZ question. Obviously, if the point is having an accurate KudoZ glossary, then that is not the case. So this is kind of tricky.


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