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Suggestion for improving Kudoz: Flagging Answerers
Thread poster: Rebecca Jowers
Rebecca Jowers  Identity Verified
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Feb 9, 2009

Previously (I am not sure whether this still exists), it was possible to "flag" Kudoz askers in order to be notified when they ask a Kudoz question. But I personally would like to be able to "flag" certain Proz colleagues, in order to be notified when they ANSWER a question. For me, part of the interest in participating in Kudoz is learning from others, and I am sure that all of us have a list (mental or otherwise) of Proz colleagues whom we consider to be particularly knowledgeable in our fields of expertise. With so much work and with so many questions being asked each day, the time that I can devote to participating in Kudoz is limited. So I would like to be notified when the colleagues whom I perceive as experts in my fields are answering questions, as another way of filtering the questions that would be of most interest to me. (Note: I am not necessarily referring to "Certified PROs," but rather to the many Kudoz participants I have seen over the years who are really knowledgeable in their fields.) I know this would be feasible possible (Jared and the other Proz staff members have certainly worked out more complex features for the site). But am I the only one who would like to see this feature offered, or would other Prozians like to be able to "flag" Kudoz answerers too?

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Noni Gilbert
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I would certainly value this Feb 9, 2009

Yes, you're quite right to talk about the individual lists that we develop Rebecca!

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Lucia Leszinsky
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KudoZ history page Feb 9, 2009

Hi Rebecca & Noni,

You can see other site users and members answers to KudoZ questions by visiting their KudoZ history pages. To see the answers of colleagues you consider to be particularly knowledgeable in your fields of interest, just visit their profiles and click on "KudoZ activity". A window will pop-up allowing you to see not only a list of KudoZ answers submitted by that colleague but also the questions asked, KudoZ points totals and KudoZ questions that are still open.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Lucia


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ElleC  Identity Verified
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I don't know about this Kudoz thing... Feb 10, 2009

I like that it builds a glossary, but I got burned on the points. I don't think it's fair the way they're assigned.

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Rebecca Jowers  Identity Verified
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Response to Lucia Feb 10, 2009

Of course after participating in Proz for so many years, both I (and I am sure Noni) are quite aware that we can check the Kudoz activities of any answerer at any time. But what I would like to see is the possibility of being notified "en el acto" that a valued answerer is currently answering a Kudoz question that might be of interest in our fields. That way we could intervene immediately in a terminological discussion, and thus gain valuable insight or perhaps contribute to a question of interest that is open and current, not closed and stale.

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Henry Dotterer
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I like the idea Feb 10, 2009

Rebecca Jowers wrote:

Of course after participating in Proz for so many years, both I (and I am sure Noni) are quite aware that we can check the Kudoz activities of any answerer at any time. But what I would like to see is the possibility of being notified "en el acto" that a valued answerer is currently answering a Kudoz question that might be of interest in our fields. That way we could intervene immediately in a terminological discussion, and thus gain valuable insight or perhaps contribute to a question of interest that is open and current, not closed and stale.

Sounds like a good suggestion to me - thanks! We'll do it.


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Rebecca Jowers  Identity Verified
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Thanks so much, Henry! Feb 10, 2009

I certainly appreciate your response to my suggestion and I look forward to using this new Proz feature.

Saludos desde Madrid,

Rebecca


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
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Sounds smashing to me! Feb 10, 2009

Rebecca Jowers wrote: So I would like to be notified when the colleagues whom I perceive as experts in my fields are answering questions, as another way of filtering the questions that would be of most interest to me.


Sounds like a tremendous idea to me. It would certainly help learning from true experts in very specific fields. Some people do try to explain their answers, and it is the explanations that are very interesting reading.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Good idea Feb 10, 2009

Would it also be possible to flag when your chosen answerer comments on someone else's answer or contributes to the discussion of a given question?

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Enrique Cavalitto
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This has been implemented Mar 13, 2009

Happy Friday!

Thanks a lot for a great suggestion. It has just been implemented, you can see the announcement here.

Kind regards,
Enrique


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Rebecca Jowers  Identity Verified
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Thanks to Enrique, Henry and all of the Proz programmers who make this possible Mar 13, 2009

I will certainly enjoy using this feature!

Buen fin de semana a todos y

Saludos desde Madrid,

Rebecca


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Susanna & Christian Popescu GbR
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Notification about flags, flag wallet Mar 14, 2009

How about also sending a feedback to flagged colleagues and implementing a feature - similar to WWA - with the number of flags in their profile? I think they would deserve it. The number of Kudoz-question answered is not necessarily always a mirror of competence and/or of "internal" appreciation.

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Cilian O'Tuama
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Nice idea, big reservations. Mar 24, 2009

I liked the idea at first too, but IMO it's too open to abuse (stalking), unless used professionally, which is, em, unlikely here.
(See link below for a recent discussion on the subject.)

You'd need all sorts of restrictions. Answerers should rightly have to explicitly allow themselves to be tracked.

Flagging askers is different. Askers are actively seeking assistance/attention, and WANT to alert people when they post.

Cilian

http://www.proz.com/forum/kudoz/130070-it_is_now_possible_to_flag_kudoz_answerers.html


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