Years of experience : automatic incrementation?
Thread poster: Sylvain Leray

Sylvain Leray  Identity Verified
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Member (2003)
German to French
Apr 3, 2006


I was browsing my profile to see if everything was OK, and stumbled on the little text saying "Years of experience:3", which I completely forgot to update.
Could there be a way of incrementing this number automatically once a year (by entering a date or so)?
Not of utmost importance, but well.


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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English to Tamil
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Do it manually, I would say Apr 3, 2006

Better still, do not talk about the years of experience. Just say active as translator since 1999 (for example). This would never need updating! See my profile and you will know what I mean.

"I am a freelance German/French translator cum interpreter active from 1975/1978 respectively in the above languages. Being a graduate electrical engineer having worked for 23 years in that capacity, I specialize in translating all types of technical literatures as well as interpreting for the visiting technical experts speaking only German or French."


[Edited at 2006-04-03 15:53]

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Endre Both  Identity Verified
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English to German
Yes please Apr 3, 2006

Great observation, Sylvain, I think this should be a matter of course.


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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automatic incrementation is done at LinkedIN Apr 3, 2006

FYI, the profile page at does automatic incrementation based on dates provided for past and current positions. This could help in seeing how to implement it on this site.


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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Prefer absolute information, not relative Apr 21, 2006

Sylvain Leray wrote:
Could there be a way of incrementing this number automatically once a year (by entering a date or so)?
Not of utmost importance, but well.

This reminds me of a general principle which I think pages such as ProZ profiles should try to adhere to (both the "boiler plate" text from ProZ and the text written by the members): the information posted there should be "absolute", i.e. true in a way that does not depend on *when* it is read.
"Translator since 2002" is absolute in this way, but "4 years' experience" is not. That could perhaps be difficult for a few of us in this case, as a part-time or occasional translator should (I think) claim less than N years' experience in a period of N years.
Maybe a solution is that ProZ should send a reminder email once per year to every member with a profile page.

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