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What's the etiquette for posting volunteer jobs?
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Feb 25, 2008

G'day everyone

I lead a volunteer translation project in which we want to translate a number of opensource computer programs into various languages. The more languages, the merrier. The more "minority" languages, the better.

I would like to post each project as a "job" on ProZ.com, and it seems as if I could do that, but I want to make sure about the proper etiquette.

Would it be acceptable to post it as a "potential" job? Can I really specify "Any language", and the post will go to all users (that seems a bit extreme, doesn't it?)? Or is there a limit to the number of languages I should choose?

Thanks
Samuel


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Site rules Feb 25, 2008

Hi Samuel,
Thanks for asking. Please see the relevant site rules, in particular, job posting rule 1.2:


Postings must involve paid work.
Jobs postd must involve payment from poster to prospective service providers. (Exception: Registered non-profit organizations (link required) may post non-paying jobs.) ...


Best regards,
Ralf


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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We are, thanks Feb 25, 2008

Ralf Lemster wrote:
(Exception: Registered non-profit organizations (link required) may post non-paying jobs.)


Cool. I would be posting on behalf of a registered non-profit organisation (we are also tax-exempt in our country, and donations to us are tax deductible). Still, I thought that I should just make sure. I mean, I don't want to end up being banned from ProZ.com because I misinterpreted the rules.

Now... may I post on behalf of this organisation (because I'm employed by them and I'm the guy responsible for this particular translation project), or must I register a separate ProZ.com profile for the organisation?


[Edited at 2008-02-25 13:54]


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Yolanda Broad  Identity Verified
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Post the job from your own profile Feb 25, 2008

Hello Samuel,

There's no problem with posting the job from your own profile so long as you clearly identify the organization and state your association with it--along with providing that link to the Website.

Aside from the written rules, a good, clear description of the organization and the task, and, in the case of requests for volunteer help, a mention of the specific use to which the translations will be put, will be much appreciated and should attract more volunteers.

And, for the sake of not occupying the whole of the ProZ.com home page job listings--and to save your fingers (!)--please use the multiple language option rather than selecting single language pairs.

Yolanda Stern Broad
ProZ.com Moderator


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Thanks, and... Feb 25, 2008

Yolanda Broad wrote:
And, for the sake of not occupying the whole of the ProZ.com home page job listings--and to save your fingers (!)--please use the multiple language option rather than selecting single language pairs.


In fact, I was thinking of just posting once per project, and selecting "Any language". Or is that generally a bad idea?


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Yolanda Broad  Identity Verified
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"Any language" is perfect! Feb 25, 2008

Yes, that's the right way to go.

Yolanda


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Any language excludes me! Mar 7, 2008

Right, I posted a job and made the language "English -> Any" and "Any -> Any". I got a warning that the job notification will be sent to 0 translators, but I just assumed that that is because it is a non-profit organisation.

However, when I visit the job myself, I'm told that I'm not eligible to quote, because I don't meet the requirements! How can that be?


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
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Explanation Mar 7, 2008

Samuel Murray wrote:

Right, I posted a job and made the language "English -> Any" and "Any -> Any". I got a warning that the job notification will be sent to 0 translators, but I just assumed that that is because it is a non-profit organisation.

However, when I visit the job myself, I'm told that I'm not eligible to quote, because I don't meet the requirements! How can that be?


Hi Sam,
It was send to 0 translators as nobody lists in his/her profile "any language" among working pairs. For the same reason the restriction message appears.

However, nothing prevents interested translators to contact you via email (as you selected this method of contact).

Magda



[Edited at 2008-03-07 14:25]


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