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Awarding points when you don\'t know the answer?
Thread poster: cailin
cailin
German to English
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Jan 14, 2003

Hi,



I was wondering what should I do when it comes to awarding points for Kudoz responses but when I (still) don\'t know what the correct answer is. I wouldn\'t like to leave my Kudoz colleagues without well-deserved points, but I feel it would be worse to give points to something I am not sure about (thereby creating a false impression for other translators that a certain term is correct, when it actually mightn\'t be).



So what do I do?


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Good question Jan 14, 2003

Hi Cailin



In this example you are not sure about the answers, either they are good or not.



If I were you I\'d wait for agreements, leaving the question open.



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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Which question(s)? Jan 14, 2003

Hi cailin,

I can\'t find any open question from yourself - which question are you referring to? (Or is this more a general query?)



Ralf


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cailin
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Just a general thought, although... Jan 14, 2003

Hi Ralf,



No, it\'s just a general question, although I was thinking that maybe one of the reasons for Kudoz replies going unawarded was because whoever asked the question isn\'t sure what the right answer is. As Tayfun Torunoglu says, points could be awarded for the most helpful answer. Is this what we\'re supposed to do, (award most helpful)? or should we award only when we know it\'s correct so as to avoid confusion amongst other translators who are led to believe a possibly incorrect translation is correct?



Thanks again (I\'ve certainly been keeping you busy since I\'ve joined, but then again, that only reflects the quality of the site and the confidence it inspires in us as regards quality and reliability!).


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lcmolinari  Identity Verified
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Tough call Jan 14, 2003

I just closed a question myself yesterday where none of the answers were terribly convincing, some were complete opposites, and there was only 1 agree for two of the answers.



I contemplated declining all answers, which is a possibility if you ever get all nonsense answers, but instead I choose the answer that was closest to my original hunch and awarded that person 1 point, since they were somewhat helpful.



I think this is really the best way, award 1 point to express thanks for the offer, explain your position and don\'t enter the term into the glossary since you are unsure.
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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Awarding points vs. Glossary Jan 15, 2003

If you feel that none of the answers given is correct, it\'s ok to decline all of them - just add a short explanation why you feel that the respective answer does not work.



If you award points to something that\'s \"half right\", you might not enter it into the Glossary, but someone else might.



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Dimman  Identity Verified
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Who should grade - that's the question Mar 1, 2003

I believe there is something wrong with the system of developing the glossaries. THe main problem is that the term entered is not always correct - it depends on the asker, who is not always the expert in the field being discussed. I myself have more than once graded answerers being absolutely not sure they are correct. Maybe, it would be better to enter terms in the glossary basing on voting or in some other way? Actually, provided glossary development in this manner, I cannot trust it at all
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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Contact a moderator Mar 2, 2003

Hi \"bpz\",

If you\'re unsure which answer to choose (or whether to choose an answer at all), why don\'t you contact the moderator(s) covering the language pair concerned? The same applies if you believe a glossary entry to be incorrect.



Note that moderators also scan entries in their language pair, and correct any errors they can identify.



On a more general note, you shouldn\'t take any specialised term straight out of any glossary, at face value (but that holds true of specialist dictionaries, too). What makes the KudoZ glossary a unique source of reference is that (1) you have a global team of experts at your disposal (there\'s quite a number of members with a strong focus on particular subject areas) and (2) you get a suggested solution together with the related discussion.


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