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Poll: KudoZ answerers: Why do you answer KudoZ questions? (Choose your top reason.)
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Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
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I chose "Other" Feb 4, 2006

I chose the "Other" option, as my reasons are many and can't be prioritized easily. Helping others and learning something are, I suppose, equally important to me. Certainly I've learned a lot about researching a term in the short time I've been a member. Building up the KudoZ archive is also very important, because I have already found it to be extremely valuable.

Thanks for the question - I'm curious about what the others have to say.


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Jussi Rosti  Identity Verified
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I agree, difficult Feb 4, 2006

Which is more important, to sleep, to breathe or to eat?
Pick just one.

I marked the challenge, but as well I could have marked helping others of learning. Social aspect is also very important. Gaining exposure was also at some point important, but not any more, since I have enough regular clients.

-jr


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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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networking Feb 4, 2006

I took the liberty to consider "networking" in the broadest meaning and so found it the term that covers the Kudoz features the best for me.
I mean, via Kudoz questions people and cultures come into sight and the virtual round table meeting is excellent for exchanging knowledge.
In my opinion, Proz as a whole does a very good job to create a worldwide virtual office for linguists.

[Edited at 2006-02-04 12:30]


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Surprised... Feb 4, 2006

To see the "help others" only in 3rd place. I clicked that option - a close call with "challenge".
Admittedly, I view the help others aspect as a "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" thing.

Cheers,
Pawel Skalinski
Warsaw, Poland


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Challenge Feb 4, 2006

Challenge = can I help a colleague (who is stuck) really fast, the way other colleagues helped me last time within minutes, when I was sweating blood and water?

Challenge = broadening my horizon. Remembering those old chemistry or biology classes and digging up (what I considered) long forgotten knowledge.

Challenge = after I spent so much time on ProZ.com, will I still be able to keep the deadline for my own job that I am supposed to work on, but which is awfully annoying?))


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Antoinette Verburg  Identity Verified
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Elementary, my dear Watson Feb 4, 2006

We have had this poll before, but never mind. It will be interesting to compare the results.

My reasons for answering Kudoz questions:

- the most PC (here we go again..) reason would probably be helping others, but for me this is just one out of several reasons, and not necessarily the main reason. In fact, I don't think I have a main reason...
- I find a lot of clients through Proz and I would like to keep it that way. I'm sure that a high position in the directory helps, so gaining points is one of my reasons
- it makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes : it's a great challenge to search and search and search and then (hopefully) come up with the right answer (sometimes only to find that the question has already been closed by the Asker, who has ignored the 24 hours advice - Arggggh).
- I learn a lot from doing all this research and from the peer comments to my answers.
- It's nice to 'meet' my colleagues and exchange ideas with them.
All of these reasons together make answering Kudoz questions great fun. So I guess I DO have a main reason: it's FUN!


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Sergio Mangiarotti
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Challenge with myself, not with others Feb 4, 2006

I would suggest a new Kudoz-rule:

Answerer must provide answers which SUBSTANTIALLY differ from given answers.
Kudoz is a workshop, not a fight for points.
New answers, which substantially agree with given answers, must select the option "not for points".

[Edited at 2006-02-05 08:47]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Challenge... Feb 4, 2006

I have a weakness for buying second-hand dictionaries and reference books - and I read them!

Can I find something in one of those dusty volumes I fell for last summer? The well-worn ones are usually the best!

It helps me enormously with my own work - 'simple' tourist texts may conceal museum guides with descriptions of pre-Internet technology. I collect other people's answers and note them in my dictionaries and word lists.

Many fields still use the same vocabulary alongside state-of-the-art developments. The kind of language, background assumptions and collocations in textbooks are good models even if the book is five or ten years old. And I could never afford the latest editions at full price. It doesn't work with IT, but you'd be surprised how many branches of industry it does work with.

An incentive to plough through some admittedly dry texts is the thought that I might win a few KudoZ points too... or save myself having to ask a question.

It's getting to be a challenge to find good books that I don't already have, and then to find what I want to know as the collection grows, but KudoZ is an excuse to riffle through them and find unexpected treasures... Before one of the other points-grabbers finds an even better answer.

But that's what makes it fun!

The helping others aspect is simply an ego-trip for me, I'm afraid, but as long as they help me when I need them (and they do, thanks folks!) - then I'm not worried about their motives

Taking a break when struggling through some deadly monotonous text that is just not repetitive enough for Trados - yawn! - is another frequent excuse ...

I did wish there was an 'all of the above' option, but to be honest, the challenge is the main reason for me.



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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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Exactly my view. But in the beginning, points were also important. Feb 4, 2006

PAS wrote:

To see the "help others" only in 3rd place. I clicked that option - a close call with "challenge".
Admittedly, I view the help others aspect as a "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" thing.

Cheers,
Pawel Skalinski
Warsaw, Poland


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Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
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Other = all of the above Feb 4, 2006

I answered "other" because all of the reasons applied except "nothing better to do." There's always something else to do. It's a good way to postpone doing the laundry.

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marie-christine périé  Identity Verified
France
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Chose the other way round would be easier Feb 4, 2006

I think the only reason I could say is NOT a top one would be To build the archive (even if I feel somehow ashamed to admit it).
So like Woodstock I chose Others, meaning I can't chose a top one.
It also depend on the questions.
Some questions I answer only to gain points (I confess), when others it is for the challenge or to help or to learn.
Sometimes it's just a nice welcome break, and if I'm waiting for work it can also be that I've nothing better to do (although that admin work I've long been delaying...).
I would also add another reason: for the interaction with colleagues, (just for pleasure, not for networking) which is another top reason for me.


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Alfredo Tutino  Identity Verified
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the same for me Feb 4, 2006

a challenge to myself, not a race. But, had the option been available, I'have chosen "fun". Also...

Sergio Mangiarotti wrote:

I would suggest a new Kudoz-rule:

Answerer must provide answers wich SUBSTANTIALLY differ from given answers.
Kudoz is a workshop, not a fight for points.
New answers, wich substantially agree with given answers, must select the option "not for points".


I do agree. I'd rather trust askers to see the difference, if possible...

meeting others, exchanging ideas, helping colleagues and so forth are good things too, but they are more or less comprised into my idea of fun.

OTOH, I'm afraid I don't really believe in the "gaining exposure" part...


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Сергей Лузан
Russian Federation
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To gain points Feb 4, 2006

It means simultaneously to gain points & help others (all factors are intermingled in the system). By the way set of one's answers makes communication with new clients easier, so one can reject the idea of long test translations. The ones who read, paid absolutely no attention to grading, just to my answers.


[Edited at 2006-02-04 13:54]


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Julio Torres
Mexico
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For fun and learning Feb 4, 2006

Antoinette Verburg wrote:

- it makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes : it's a great challenge to search and search and search and then (hopefully) come up with the right answer (sometimes only to find that the question has already been closed by the Asker, who has ignored the 24 hours advice - Arggggh).

So I guess I DO have a main reason: it's FUN!


Yes, these things happen in Kudoz. But, if you're training for a race and you go to the gym, jogg 1 or 2 miles everyday, etc. and then you find out the race was suspended... well, you can say "all this trainning is good for my health".

As other colleagues have said in other forums, Kudoz answering is a kind of university.

And certainly, it's fun. If Kudoz weren't funny, I think I would answer less questions. I believe that we are more effective when we enjoy what we do.


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