| Pavel Tsvetkov|
sorry to bother you again. As stated above, I was promised that an independent mediator will review the degrading comments and it did sound like a good idea at the time. However, a new threatening comment has been posted just today. The tone of the comment suggests that this person has been selected to mediate the language pair. Now, could it be true that one of the offenders has been chosen to sanction his own conduct?
personally feel that this whole affair has been blown out of proportion. I took part in the contest because a member of your staff specifically asked me to (Bulgarian being an “underrepresented” language). I submitted my proposal for a translation and I won. That is all I know. I do not intend to answer any specific questions as to why I have chosen to translate this word in that way – or I will never see the end of it. That is the whole meaning of contests: people submit entries, other people vote, then it is over. If someone feels I do not deserve to win he should have voted accordingly when he had the chance to do so, or even – submit his own proposal for his colleagues to vote on. There is no use being bitter about it, or posting insinuations I cannot defend myself from. And I really feel I am doing your job here, trying to fight these people off and defending the integrity of the contest you have organized.
The quality of my translation is not what is in question here. Translating art texts is an art form in itself and there will always be people who disagree with a specific translation, think they know better, etc. However, thinking that you know better is one thing and implying that someone has manipulated the contest results (and also his KudoZ answers and points) is a whole different story. Those are serious accusations and if they can supply proof of foul play, I will be happy to withdraw my entry or even leave www.proz.com. However, if they cannot, I expect them to be penalized and their comments deleted.\r\nI really think that at this point energetic steps need to be taken to resolve this argument, in which I do not feel I am the only one whose reputation has suffered.