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Large Number of BrowniZ Lost
Thread poster: Rowan Morrell
Rowan Morrell  Identity Verified
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May 12, 2003

Apparently, this message was lost due to an outage in the ProZ.com forums, so I\'m posting it again.



I seem to have lost a large number of BrowniZ points recently. Not long ago, I had nearly 70,000 on account of uploading two rather substantial glossaries and adding quite a few more terms recently. Now my total is barely over 15,000.



Has there been some sort of blip in the system that has caused this to happen? Or has the points value for glossary entries been reduced? If the latter, I don\'t agree with that. Some glossary entries are only made after a great deal of research, and good glossary entries are surely a valuable contribution to the ProZ.com community as a whole. So I think they\'re well worth the 10 points that have been allocated for them up to now and shouldn\'t be reduced.



Would be interested to know if others have experienced a substantial loss of BrowniZ points in recent times, and what you think of the idea of the points value being reduced for glossary entries (which I think is what may have happened).



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ROWAN MORRELL

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Check 'My BrowniZ' May 12, 2003

Hi Rowan,



If you look at your BrowniZ either by clicking on your BrowniZ total in the Member Info box on the left or by clicking on \'My BrowniZ\' within \'My ProZ.com\', you can see a breakdown of all your points.



Does this breakdown make sense or are there still bits missing?



If your total has gone down it\'s likely to be a glitch rather than anything else. AFAIK there has been no change in the BrowniZ awarded for glossary entries.



FWIW



Mary


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Rowan Morrell  Identity Verified
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"Automatic Glossary Entries" Now Worth 1 point May 12, 2003

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On 2003-05-12 06:33, MaryR wrote:

Hi Rowan,



If you look at your BrowniZ either by clicking on your BrowniZ total in the Member Info box on the left or by clicking on \'My BrowniZ\' within \'My ProZ.com\', you can see a breakdown of all your points.



Does this breakdown make sense or are there still bits missing?



If your total has gone down it\'s likely to be a glitch rather than anything else. AFAIK there has been no change in the BrowniZ awarded for glossary entries.



FWIW



Mary





Hi Mary.



Thanks for that. I have checked, and the breakdown says that \"automatic\" glossary entries (such as those that get uploaded) are only worth 1 point (they were worth 10 before), and that there is a limit of 10,000!



So that\'s definitely different from before, and in my view, it\'s not a good change.



I hope it is just a glitch, but if the change is deliberate, I would like to respectfully request a return to the way things were, as I can see no rhyme nor reason for the change. Many of the changes in ProZ recently have been good, but this one seems to defy reason and logic.



Thanks again for your response, Mary.



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Henry Dotterer
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Automatic uploads were always worth 1 pt (there was a bug in distinguishing auto from manual) May 12, 2003

Rowan,



I apologize. However, you have been the victim of a bug that had inflated your points, not a change in policy. We simply corrected the bug.



Your automatic entries had previously been mistakenly regarded as manual entries. (Manual entries have always been worth 10 points, and automatic entries have always been worth 1 point.)



Note that when you actually uploaded the terms, the total number of points you would earn had been accurately displayed (as 1 point per term.) So we feel it is fair to simlpy make the correction to your browniz balance.



As for the 10,000 point limit on glossary submissions, that is new. But anyone who had already gained more than 10,000 points on a glossary submission will be able to keep them.


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Rowan Morrell  Identity Verified
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Thanks Henry May 13, 2003

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On 2003-05-12 11:27, Henry wrote:

Rowan,



I apologize. However, you have been the victim of a bug that had inflated your points, not a change in policy. We simply corrected the bug.



Your automatic entries had previously been mistakenly regarded as manual entries. (Manual entries have always been worth 10 points, and automatic entries have always been worth 1 point.)



Note that when you actually uploaded the terms, the total number of points you would earn had been accurately displayed (as 1 point per term.) So we feel it is fair to simlpy make the correction to your browniz balance.





Thank you very much indeed for the explanation and apology, Henry. Much appreciated. Alles klar jetzt, as the Germans say! Or as we say Down Under, no hard feelings mate!



I\'m not entirely sure that I agree with a 10,000-word limit being imposed on automatic glossary entries though. 10,000 is a lot, it is true, but if someone actually reaches the limit and is unable to contribute any more entries, it could deny ProZ valuable glossary entries.



Admittedly, I guess there is no limit on manual entries, but if someone has, say, a really useful glossary on a specialised field, especially in a major language, but have already reached their 10,000 limit, then ProZ may end up missing out on the benefit of their knowledge.



But thank you most kindly once again for clearing up this matter. I\'m a much happier camper now!



Best Regards



ROWAN MORRELL

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