|English term or phrase: ***KUDOZ ETIQUETTE***|
|1.Proz is a professional/public site, where there are new entrants, occasional askers, and askers of all kinds, including beginners, insecure, overconfident, well-read ones. The owner does not feel, with my support, that we should put a fence around the site. If you feel that some questions are too easy for you, please refrain from answering or delete, delete, delete. Keep in mind that this is a tiny irritant, not a major cause of concern, considering the low percentage of very easy questions and the large percentage of questions that enlighten us all. |
2. Peergrading. Comments should be peer-like and professional in tone and content. Remember that peergrading is there to enlighten the asker, not to run somebody down or to promote our own answers. Another important function of peergrading is to allow for “automatic grading” of answers when the asker “forgets” to grade and close the question. If you have any spare time at all, I invite you to go to open questions and peergrade them so that they may be submitted to automatic grading (moderators have the power to grade, but both Gianfranco and I agree that it is best done by peer agreement).
3. Please REFRAIN FROM ANY COMMENTS on the answers provided by other colleagues. I will squash Kudoz questions containing personal remarks of any kind on the abilities of others and as a result no points will be assigned to that question. If you feel that it is necessary to comment on somebody’s answer, please do so in a polite, professional, peer-like way without imputing motives and ignorance. We all make mistakes and nobody has been nominated, voted, or otherwise appointed to preach from the pulpit. If you feel that the asker has chosen the wrong answer, please append a respectful comment and/or write to the asker privately. The same considerations apply to the comments on peer-grades.
4. It is not the answerer’s fault if an asker assigns points to a documented answer over a similar, undocumented and unreferenced answer. Nor is it the answerer’s fault if the answer is peer-graded favourably or otherwise. Let’s keep the points in perspective as one component a very useful tool, not the end-all and be-all of this exercise.
5. Please refrain from prefacing or post-facing your answer with comments such as "this is the way it is", "I know best," "this is how you say it." Please just append “experience” as reference. Above comments may be misleading to the asker. It is pointless to say “knowledge of the languages in question” as this is the assumption on which Kudoz are based.
6. Keep in mind that the questions provided thus far on Proz are searchable and that they form an invaluable glossary of terms. When in doubt about an answer I would suggest that we provide a definition in both the source and the target language, that will be part and parcel of the glossary for future reference.
7. Keep in mind the time factor. Sometimes I get questions with no answer and after I do my search and enter the reply, I realize that other answers have been provided. Such are the vagaries of the net, time zones and whatever else may be at play
8. PLEASE ALWAYS ASSUME GOOD FAITH, unless you have PROOF to the contrary. It is a much better approach, that makes for friendliness and open exchange. As in any group of people, we get along better with some and less so with others. And sometimes there are misunderstandings, misreadings and miwritings. The site is growing, with many new members. The glass is always half full, at least to me.
9. If you are not satisfied with my role as a moderator, please say so. And be sure to report to Gianfranco and me any problem or concern.
Buon lavoro a tutti
Paola Ludovici MacQuarrie