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Is commenting on personal glossaries acceptable?
Thread poster: María Teresa Taylor Oliver

María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
Panama
Local time: 14:26
English to Spanish
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Apr 22, 2006

I just searched for a term in the glossaries and found an entry in a personal glossary that is incorrect. And it's not just a matter of (my) personal opinion, because the word doesn't even exist in Spanish, is a calque and resembles the correct term.

Should I write a note to the member/user who owns the glossary to tell him/her about the mistake?

All in the interest of having the glossaries actually work for everyone, of course.

I usually leave a note (by way of the "Contribute to this entry" option) in a KOG entry when I find it's incorrect for whatever reason (it's mostly because of typos, nothing more), along the lines of "it should read X instead of Y", etc. So that anyone searching for the term can actually find it. (By the way, do these notes actually appear somewhere? does anyone even read/consider them?).

But since this particular entry is in a PERSONAL glossary, well... for starters, we don't have the "Contribute to this entry" option, of course, and also, it would be considered as personally criticizing someone, I guess...

So, I don't know how to proceed. I thought I'd ask, since this may be a delicate subject.


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 16:26
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Spanish to French
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Interesting question Apr 22, 2006

Hi María Teresa

I have already seen incorrect entries in personal glossaries or even words that have been entered several times with exactly the same translation by the same person (I always suppose that it's due to a mistake and not on purpose).

I think it's a good idea writing to the glossary's owner, but I don't know wether it's easy to edit.

Maria Teresa Taylor Oliver wrote:
I usually leave a note (by way of the "Contribute to this entry" option) in a KOG entry when I find it's incorrect for whatever reason (it's mostly because of typos, nothing more), along the lines of "it should read X instead of Y", etc. So that anyone searching for the term can actually find it. (By the way, do these notes actually appear somewhere? does anyone even read/consider them?).


I have never seen such a comment, so I wonder whether they are visible, but moderators can edit KOG entries, so you can contact the pair moderator (or any who understands the language) and suggest your correction.
This is efficient and energy saving.

Claudia


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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Who knows? Apr 22, 2006

Maria Teresa Taylor Oliver wrote:

I usually leave a note (by way of the "Contribute to this entry" option) in a KOG entry when I find it's incorrect for whatever reason (it's mostly because of typos, nothing more), along the lines of "it should read X instead of Y", etc. So that anyone searching for the term can actually find it. (By the way, do these notes actually appear somewhere? does anyone even read/consider them?).


Hi MT,

You asked: "By the way, do these notes actually appear somewhere?"
It`s a very good question.

Well, I asked the same question myself many times, I even placed it in some forum (see: http://www.proz.com/topic/43909 )

I never got one singe official answer. Not even a "Oh, dear, we`ll work on that" kind. Nothing. NADA. Mute.
The feature seems to be useless this way.


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 16:26
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Could you provide a link to a glossary entry? Apr 22, 2006

At least I could see if it's visible to moderators.

Claudia


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RB Translations  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 06:26
English to Italian
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Modified glossary entry Apr 22, 2006

http://www.proz.com/kudoz/926353

Hello Claudia,
here's a link to a KOG entry I commented on. I personally can't see my comment anywhere...


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Maria Karra  Identity Verified
United States
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comment visible when clicking on "contribute" Apr 22, 2006

Roberta Bazzoni wrote:
I personally can't see my comment anywhere...


I can only see your comment when I click on "Contribute to this entry". A window pops up showing peer reviews.
Maria


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
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Thanks Roberta Apr 23, 2006

Maria Karra wrote:
I can only see your comment when I click on "Contribute to this entry". A window pops up showing peer reviews.
Maria


Yes, so, you discover that someone disagrees with a glossary entry only when you disagree too... Interesting... and useless.

In this case it's a KOG entry (entry created thanks to a KudoZ question), so a moderator can edit it. For this, the best solution is contacting the moderator.

For personal glossaries the best should be to contact the owner, provided that he can edit it.

Claudia

[Editado a las 2006-04-23 03:39]


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Dylan Edwards  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Corrections and additions are welcome Apr 23, 2006

If glossaries are to be seen as a "living" part of ProZ, rather than just collections of words which people leave here and then forget about, then surely it should be acceptable to make useful, relevant comments.

If someone wants to make a correction to one of my glossary entries, I will of course accept it if I agree with it.

If someone has some useful information to add to one of my glossary entries, that's more than acceptable, I see that as part of what my glossaries are for.


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