Thanks for your valuable input.
Don't know if you noticed a recent thread in this forum where I commented on the work in progress regarding the Jobs Area. I agree that the status quo leaves a lot to be desired, but as I pointed out there, the Blue Board was our first priority.
Regarding your proposals:
1) Each translator is allowed to choose X number of areas of specialization in their Proz.com profile (say, between 5 and 10) generated from a very detailed list covering every conceivable category and sub-category of subject matter. Likewise, each job poster selects a corresponding category from the same drop-down list when they post a job. Only matching translators may bid on that job, no exceptions.
Good point in principle - my concern would be that if you go too far into detail here, you get too many "near misses" and not enough matches.
2) Similar restrictions are generated in the categories of required software, location, and payment method. Translators whose profiles do not match these restrictions are again excluded from bidding.
3) Language categories are likewise fine-tuned throughout the web site (e.g. European versus Brazilian Portuguese) and corresponding restrictions applied.
Possibly - I guess this is something where we would need to sound out opinion among (Platinum) members.
4) New systems may also be designed to creatively link job postings with the translator database, narrowing the focus from both directions and enhancing the quality of the experience on both sides.
Would you have any concrete proposals in that direction?
5) Finally, job posters are restricted from posting target per-word prices that do not fall within a certain range of the community's average rates for that language group (for example, starting at the 20th percentile). I realize this is a potentially controversial rule, but I believe a necessary one. Proz.com should foster the use of standard worldwide rates in lieu of encouraging constant discounting.
This isn't necessarily controversial, but could be subject to a legal challenge. The question I have here is this: what is a standard worldwide rate?
We have discussed the issue of pricing over and over again - I must admit I have yet to see the market that can be price-controlled in an otherwise free environment.
If we get the design right, a reasonable price level should develop as a result of a market structure that's attractive to outsourcers and providers, but not because of an administrative decision.
Thanks for your continued patience while the ProZ.com team gets underway with programming all these ideas that we gather...
Best regards, Ralf
[Edited at 2003-07-22 20:37]