Is it common to charge for repeated answers in a survey?
Thread poster: Maria Vega
Maria Vega
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Mar 7, 2005

If you have 10 or more of the same type for answers, like agree, totally agree, hardly agree, etc.

Do you charge for only one of them?

Many thanks


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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Could you be a little clearer in your statement? Mar 8, 2005

Are you as a professional responsible for the repetition? Irrespective of whether it is a translation of a questionnaire, or the answering of the questionnaire as such, each agree or disagree is a product of reflection for the question concerned. Further, in case of a translation, if agree or disagree is the answer to many questions, so be it. You have to charge as per the wordcount and let no client persuade you differently.

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N.Raghavan


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nettranslatorde
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It is, Mar 8, 2005

...at least from my experience.

Good luck,
Kerstin


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Yes, unless... Mar 8, 2005

Maria Vega wrote:
If you have 10 or more of the same type for answers, like agree, totally agree, hardly agree, etc. Do you charge for only one of them?


Yes, unless the clients demands a discount or unless a fuzzy match discount system is already in place.

Samuel


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Maria Vega
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Thank you everyone Mar 8, 2005

Your insights have cleared my doubt.

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hirselina
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Questionnaire scales Mar 8, 2005

If the same scale (agree, totally agree, hardly agree, etc.) appears ten times or more in a questionnaire, it seems very odd to me to charge ten times. Good researchers are very coherent in the use of answer categories thoughout a questionnaire and the scales can be copied automatically.

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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Do what the client will have you do. Mar 8, 2005

To put it bluntly: If the client provides you with a document to be translated, translate the document - even if the word "the" appears 75 times.

I personally think that the clients are smart enough and grown up enough, not to have to be led to their luck. If your client was smart (or organized) enough, you could have been provided with the questions alone and only one set of answers.

It's funny enough though, that very few clients actually take advantage of the system, i.e. provide completely unformatted texts minus all repetitions (I charge for everything: spaces, commas etc.). I get the feeling that most clients - not unlike some translators - wait until the very last moment to get the thing done and then run out of time...

[Edited at 2005-03-08 19:38]


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