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Thread poster: Fred Neild
Fred Neild  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
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Dec 23, 2005

I don't give much importance to the online indicator, I see many people offline participating in forums, KudoZ, etc (like me)

Maybe if it worked more like Skype... where the link knows when you are online, and you have options like, offline(although you are online), busy, etc.

I believe, in practice, this indicator works very well in Skype and in Proz.com it is very relative.

I used to verify in the beginning if my indicator was displaying I was online, and when I turned Platinum it was great because it lasted for one week. But after one month I didn´t turn it on anymore. Does it happen to you?


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Peter Bouillon  Identity Verified
Germany
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Not quite my cup of tea Dec 23, 2005

Fred Neild wrote:
I don't give much importance to the online indicator, I see many people offline participating in forums, KudoZ, etc (like me)


Or like me. I'm not particularly keen on business offered just because I happen to sit in front of my terminal. I'm after long term business relationships, whereas the online indicator seems to target spontaneous clients that treat translations as a commodity.

I prefer longish jobs with a five-digit number of words. In these circumstances it ought to be irrelevant whether I start right now or a quarter of an hour later.

P.


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Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:00
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It is not an online indicator Dec 23, 2005

It indicates whether you are available for work. The online indicator already works independently regardless of you pressing any buttons.
I believe it is rather handy as I do not get pestered by new clients when I have too much work. I find it very difficult to say no and end up working in evenings and weekends.

Cheers,
Burrell


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