Do you know when you are featured on ProZ home page?
Thread poster: Lubain Masum

Lubain Masum  Identity Verified
Bangladesh
Local time: 15:02
Member (2006)
English to Bengali
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Apr 11, 2007

I became a full member of ProZ in December last year and since then I have been expecting that my profile would be featured on the home page of ProZ as promised in the list of membership benefits. However, I did not see my profile/photo on the home page as of today. I understand that the profiles are shown periodically and may be my turn has not come yet. But to my surprise, I saw profiles of some translators twice in the past three months and that is why it triggered a question in me. I thought that it might be possible that my profile was featured when I was asleep,,, because otherwise most of the time I am on ProZ! If my suspicion is true, I would like to request the ProZ authorities whether it is possible to email the person whose profile is featured on the ProZ home page. Another question is how much time a profile is featured.

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Christine Schmit  Identity Verified
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German to French
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you are featured Apr 11, 2007

Hi Lubain,

Actually you get an automatic email message informing you that you will be featured shortly. I have been a paying member for a bit over a year, and I think I have been featured twice or maybe three times and I always got an email message from Proz informing me about that.
If I remember correctly, the time is 15 minutes.


Regards,

Christine


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briski  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 11:02
Italian to French
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you do receive an email Apr 11, 2007

Hello Lubain,
I am a partial member of Proz.com and I have also already been a "featured" translator on proz homepage.
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to see it because I am never connected to proz when it happens..:(
Anyhow, you do receive an email a few minutes before you become the lucky one, where the proz staff tells than within the next minutes and for 15 minutes long, you will be the lucky one.

..I think that you only have to be patient..;)

PS: they also add this at the end..maybe you should try to contact Henry..
"About this message: ProZ.com is sending these alerts in
response to member inquiries concerning the featured member function. If you do not wish to receive these alerts, please let me know by replying to this message. You may also request that you not be featured at all. Thanks, Henry"


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 10:02
Dutch to English
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Guilty as charged :) Apr 11, 2007

I've been featured at least 6 times this year already.

Don't ask me why, it's supposedly random selection but I just wish my chances of coming up randomly were more like this in the lottery, to be honest

Anyhow, to answer your question, an e-mail is sent out and the feature time is around 15 minutes:

Hello Lawyer-Linguist,

Within a few minutes of the time this message was sent (11
Apr 07:47 GMT), you will have become the "featured pro" at
ProZ.com. This means that it was your (randomly assigned)
turn to have your profile image on display on the ProZ.com
home page. In other words, as one member jokingly put it,
you will have had your proverbial "15 minutes of fame".

If a few minutes have passed, but fewer than 15 minutes,
you will be able to see yourself featured; see:
http://www.proz.com/

Thank you for using and supporting ProZ.com.

Regards,
ProZ.com Team

About this message: ProZ.com is sending these alerts in
response to member inquiries concerning the featured member
function. If you do not wish to receive these alerts, please
let me know by replying to this message. You may also
request that you not be featured at all. Thanks, Henry





[Edited at 2007-04-11 16:39]


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Lubain Masum  Identity Verified
Bangladesh
Local time: 15:02
Member (2006)
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Thanks! Apr 11, 2007

Thank you for your prompt replies.

So my luck has not favoured me yet to be a featured translator on the home page of the Pro.Z.

Waiting to be featured!


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:02
German to English
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The problem in my case is Apr 11, 2007

that I have responded to these messages at least 3 or 4 times, telling Henry NOT to send them and that I actually don't care to be featured at all. But nobody seems to pay attention to my e-mails. the messages keep right on coming.

Henry???


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justin C
United States
Local time: 05:02
English
Your day will come Lubain! Apr 11, 2007

Hi everyone,

You have not been featured yet Lubain, but your time will come and an email message will be sent to you when you are featured.

Hello Trudy, the message in the featured pro notification is rather outdated which is why it said to reply to the email directly. I have updated the message to direct those who wish to not be featured to the ProZ.com support system which is the fastest way to get staff attention for any issue. Sorry about the confusion! Anyhow, I have made it so that you will no longer be featured as you've requested.

Best regards,
Justin


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 16:02
English to Indonesian
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twice in a month Apr 12, 2007

i got featured twice on my first or second month after i joined proz. so i think, it is random. i got notification email every time.

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Maria Baquero  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:02
English to Spanish
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We are both in the same boat Lubain Apr 12, 2007

I have not been featured either and I am a paying member since December 06. If it depends on chance, I lose hope because I never win anything.

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megane_wang  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:02
English to Spanish
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Your probability of appearing is now... Apr 12, 2007

1/(N-1)

Where N is the number of registered ProZians,

Nononono: It's not 1/N

I remove myself from the candidate list...

... because I know that, for SURE, I will never be featured through a random process !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Lubain Masum  Identity Verified
Bangladesh
Local time: 15:02
Member (2006)
English to Bengali
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TOPIC STARTER
I have never won a lottery! Apr 12, 2007

When I became a paying member of Pro.z, I had no idea that I have to win a lottery to be featured! I thought my turn will come by rotation, not on random basis.

Some people like Mulyadi Subali have a good lottery luck, and so they are featured twice a month (really jealous) and some do not (like me).

Therefore, like Maria Baquero I also lost hope of being featured.

Thank you justin for your official response.

I enjoyed the responses of all and thanks to all again.


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 06:02
SITE STAFF
Sute members with uploaded picture Apr 12, 2007

megane_wang wrote:

Your probability of appearing is now...

1/(N-1)

Where N is the number of registered ProZians,

Nononono: It's not 1/N

I remove myself from the candidate list...



It is worth noting that N in this case is not the number of registered ProZians but the amount of (paying) members who have uploaded a picture in their profiles.

Cheers!
Enrique


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:02
German to English
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Thanks, Justin! Apr 12, 2007

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juvera  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:02
English to Hungarian
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Just curious Apr 18, 2007

Enrique wrote:
It is worth noting that N in this case is not the number of registered ProZians but the amount of (paying) members who have uploaded a picture in their profiles.
Cheers!
Enrique


Dear Enrique,

Do I have to upload a setsquare or similar to be featured?
Or maybe my (deceased) dog's picture? >:(((

Regards
Judith


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 06:02
SITE STAFF
A picture is required Apr 18, 2007

juvera wrote:

Enrique wrote:
It is worth noting that N in this case is not the number of registered ProZians but the amount of (paying) members who have uploaded a picture in their profiles.
Cheers!
Enrique


Dear Enrique,

Do I have to upload a setsquare or similar to be featured?
Or maybe my (deceased) dog's picture? >:(((


Dear Judith,

In order to be featured in that box a member should have uploaded a picture to his/her profile. The selection of the uploaded picture is, within the broad framework of site rules, a personal choice.

Regards,
Enrique


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