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Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Aug 19, 2007

G'day everyone

I've read the jobs posting FAQ and stuff, but my question isn't answered in it (and I don't want to post a fake job just to see how it works).

My question is: What happens after a translator submits a bid? Is his bid e-mailed to the client, or is his bid captured by ProZ.com in some online system that the client has to visit? Are clients required to inform ProZ.com (either manually or automatically) which translor was accepted, or even if any translator was accepted? Can ProZ.com gather statistics about which translators' bids have been accepted?


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:53
English to German
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Quotes Aug 19, 2007

Hi Samuel,
Service providers respond to job postings by quoting.


My question is: What happens after a translator submits a bid? Is his bid e-mailed to the client, or is his bid captured by ProZ.com in some online system that the client has to visit?

This depends on the contact method specified; if the outsourcer prefers to be contacted by e-mail, providers will contact the outsourcer directly.

Where the outsourcer has specified quoting via ProZ.com, a notification will be sent to the outsourcer for every quote submitted; quotes are managed via the Outsourcer Control Center.

Are clients required to inform ProZ.com (either manually or automatically) which translor was accepted, or even if any translator was accepted?

No.

HTH, Ralf


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
English to German
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It's great fun! Aug 19, 2007

Samuel Murray wrote:
(and I don't want to post a fake job just to see how it works).

When posting a real job of, say, less than 1000 words, you won't risk much. You only have to make sure that you will have sufficient time to retranslate it completely, just in case..

It will allow you to view the world from a different perspective, much like climbing on a table (although I don't see my clients there). I tried it 2 times and was very satisfied with the results, which I cannot say about all of the jobs I gave directly to friends..

Harry


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
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The bid travels very quickly Aug 19, 2007

Hi Samuel,

The bid gets sent immediately to the outsourcer's own e-mail box.

The outsourcer can choose to formally accept or reject a bid, or "take no action yet".

According to experience, a formal acceptance is best sent after finalising the details with the accepted bidder by e-mail, as a formality to finalise the process.

There is a disadvantage to sending a rejection, namely that the bidder's offer then disappears from the screen for good (or is, in any event, hidden from the outsourcer).

If no action is taken, the outsourcer can still view the bidder's offer at any time in the future, through the Outsourcer Control Center, and perhaps select the bidder for a different job.

Therefore, if you do not hear anything, no news is good news, at least concerning future jobs.

Astrid


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