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|English to Polish translations [PRO]|
|English term or phrase: QUESTION - WRONG ANSWER PROVIDED|
|I am new to the Proz so this question might have been answered before.|
If someone is supplied with the incorect answer ( no borderline stuff, but clear black and white )is there a dispute department at Proz, I do not want to fight for points but I don't think someone should be given points if the answergiven is completely wrong.
3 hrs confidence:
No, there is and there will be no dispute department as this is primarily a self-regulated community and the only tools we have at our disposal are expertise, tact and professionalism in every respect, including interaction with peers.
To answer your question more specifically: It is up to the asker to decide which answer he/she has found most helpful. There has been some discussion about the number of points that should be awarded at that point (following the criteria provided), whether there should be an option to split them between two answerers, etc. I think if any of you feel particularly strong about any of those aspects, we can continue discussing them here, either in Polish or in English, or, which would be better, you should bring them up in the appropriate Forum to find out what the feeling and/or practice across ProZ is.
The practice in this subcommunity (SC) has been that we do our best to rely on common sense and we assume good faith in every asker. These are the only tools we have considering that (a) sometimes people grade quickly (too quickly) because they are satisfied with the first answer they get, or they are in a hurry, or they want to put it behind them and avoid getting nudging emails from ProZ for not having closed a question; (b) sometimes they do not grade at all simply because they are lazy and unfair towards colleagues.
(BY THE WAY, THE RECORD IN THIS SC BELONGS TO A WOMAN WHO HAS 28 UNGRADED QUESTIONS; DEAR [...], START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!)
(c) sometimes they do not grade because a fair choice is impossible for a variety of reasons, but then I would suggest that you either use the function "decline answer" or assign, say, 1 point to whoever got the closest (provided their answer was of some use to you, of course) in order not to aggravate others too much and just close the matter. OK, sometimes that is not possible, I acknowledge it, let's leave it there. But IF and WHEN it is possible to make, in good faith, a fair choice between all the answers provided,
I INVITE EVERYONE, ONCE AGAIN, TO USE THE FUNCTION AGREE/DISAGREE BECAUSE 2 "AGREES" (NET) WILL RESULT IN THE SYSTEM AUTOMATICALLY GRADING AND CLOSING A QUESTION.
There will always be someone, somewhere who will have reservations as to "wrong" or "unfair" grading. As long as this is incidental (which I think it is) and there is no collusion (but those things are easily detectable), we have to learn to live with it. WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU IN SUCH INCIDENTAL CASES IS TO CORRECT THE GLOSSARY ENTRY (but not the points awarded). Please write to me in private about such things.
To conclude, let me quote what I said (touch wood!) the other day:
"Eng>Pol, for instance, has, IMHO, grown up over the past 2 years. We no longer see "prefacing or post-facing your answer with comments such “this is the way it is”, “I know best,” “this is how you say it.”" (Paola's item #5), but more and more of solid, highly professional, well researched, balanced and documented answers. And more and more co-operation."
Let us keep it this way!
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agree with Jacek
It happens quite often actually that points go to poor or even totally wrong answer and I understand Adwersarz's feeling about that, however I do not believe it is worth a dispute or fight, after all. I thing choosing the best answer is the fundamental skill of a translator, isn't it what we do with every single word we translate? And we do mistakes (perhaps some of us more than the others). We use our judgment every single time and our customers (or readers) evaluate it (and pay or not). So, Adwersarzu: my advice to you is as follows: do not feel bitter about the points you missed, if your replay was better than any other provided, you are the best and people will recognised it regardless of the number of KudoZ you've got.
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What if someone gives 4 points to another answer, and then enters yours - totally different - into the dictionary? Just happened to me... Aren't people funny? :o)))
Local time: 13:31
Native speaker of: Polish
PRO pts in pair: 1199
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