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Suggestion in respect of date of membership.
Thread poster: chopra_2002

chopra_2002  Identity Verified
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Feb 16, 2008

I registered at proz.com in October, 2002 and have become a (paying) member in January this year. I have been actively contributing to the KudoZ and other activities since October, 2002 but as per the current provision, the date of membership is shown from the date when one becomes a paying member. I think that this is somewhat unfair and misleading as it gives an impression that the person has joined the site just recently, whereas in fact, he is involved from so many years. The outsourcers, agencies, members and other people might think that since the person has become a member recently, he may not be having enough experience and expertise.

Therefore, I suggest that the date of membership should be shown from the date of registration rather than becoming a member. If it is not possible to do so, we may have both:

Registered on...
Became a member on...


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Everybody can see that you have been active since 2002 Feb 16, 2008

I am not sure what you mean. Your profile page states: Registered at ProZ.com: Oct 2002. Became a member: Jan 2008

Prospective clients will see the very same information.

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chopra_2002  Identity Verified
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Thanks for your answer, but... Feb 16, 2008

this fact is not displayed everywhere. For example, this forum posting says that I am a member since 2008. I think it would be better if we have have both:

Registered on...
Became a member on...

Nicole Schnell wrote:

I am not sure what you mean. Your profile page states: Registered at ProZ.com: Oct 2002. Became a member: Jan 2008

Prospective clients will see the very same information.

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Niraja Nanjundan  Identity Verified
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Nicole is right... Feb 16, 2008

.....and if an outsourcer or anyone else sees your name in the forum or in KudoZ and they are interested, they will click on your name and be directed to your profile, where they will see all the relevant information.


langclinic wrote:

The outsourcers, agencies, members and other people might think that since the person has become a member recently, he may not be having enough experience and expertise.



There is no doubt that you yourself have a lot of experience and expertise. However, it has nothing to do with whether a member has joined recently or has been registered on ProZ.com for years.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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I see langclinic's point Feb 17, 2008

I think it's a perfectly reasonable request. A recent membership date may lead others to think that a certain member is not familiar with Proz rules and regulations, even if they've actually been using the site for years. One wouldn't necessarily check their profile before making a false assumption.

[Edited at 2008-02-17 18:01]


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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So do I Feb 17, 2008

I agree with Marie Hélène. It's a fair point.

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