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Seems slightly unfair asking for help
Thread poster: Kristine Sprula (Lielause)

Kristine Sprula (Lielause)  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 12:01
English to Latvian
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Apr 12, 2006

In English-Latvian pair recently two KudoZ questions were posted by two "different" (?) askers with the same text:
Hello everybody!
Is there anyone who can help me with the translation of the above expression?
A friend of mine asked me this favour, but unfortunately it is not my language pair.
Thanks a lot for your help!!
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/1305451
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/1307423

If both questions were not made within few days, I would not have noticed that. But now it seems that sombody is trying to economize at the expense of helpful translators.

[Edited at 2006-04-12 11:20]


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 12:01
Member (2005)
English to Russian
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Hasn't this been going on since the beginning? Apr 12, 2006

I wasn't here at the beginning - joined the site two years ago. But it's always been this way.

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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 11:01
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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Dear Kristine Apr 12, 2006

Yes, unfortunately it happens from time to time that somebody tries to circumvent the site rules this way. In case you notice something like this please contact a moderator (if there is no moderator in that language pair, you may contact any moderator).

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Anna Ryden  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 11:01
English to Swedish
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Byt why? Apr 12, 2006

I may be completely daft, but how exactly does one benefit from posting the same question twice?

regards
Anna


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:01
French to English
Similar, not the same Apr 12, 2006

Anna Ryden wrote:

I may be completely daft, but how exactly does one benefit from posting the same question twice?



It wasn't quite the same question - the name of the country was different

I did wonder whether the person was about to start ploughing through the countries of the world alphabetically (starting at 'M'), but the second asker no longer exists, so I guess the problem has been solved.....


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KLS
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It's the whole job... Apr 12, 2006

Anna: the point is that these are not genuine translation queries, they are the whole job (two jobs, in fact) which the end-user is getting for free.

The purpose of KudoZ Questions, as I understand it, is for colleagues to help each other, not for users of translations to have free access to our services, which might be considered an abuse. This I think is Kristine's point.

Fortunately in this case the amount of effort required was not huge, but there is a principle here.


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gad
United States
Local time: 05:01
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I see everyone's point but Apr 14, 2006

...isn't this something that should be addressed by a support ticket? I mean, it is discussing an individual situation, so I don't see it as a general theme that one would discuss on a thread. I know it's been done before (discussing one situation on a thread), but that still doesn't make it the proper or best way to deal with it. Individual situations should be reported either directly to a moderator by email, or to the site staff via a support ticket.

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