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Suggestion for KudoZ: Show a flag instead of a user's country
Thread poster: Yaotl Altan

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Oct 24, 2007

I propose to set a small banner under the translator's name or nickname. I think the interface sill be improved using this graphic instead of letters. When we focus the mouse over the flag, the country's name will be displayed or not, according to users' preferences.

What do you think?

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2007-10-24 16:22]


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
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Why? Oct 24, 2007

I really can't learn the flags... That could be frustrating.

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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Well... Oct 24, 2007

...why not?
But: wich flag will YOU put on your profile, my dearest compadre?


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Maurice Claypole  Identity Verified
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No flags please Oct 24, 2007

Nice idea in principle but apart from the lack of instant recognition in many cases, the main problem is that flags are political, whereas a locations and origins are statements of fact, not allegiance. Also many countries - e.g. the UK - have more than one flag.

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Angeliki Papadopoulou  Identity Verified
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Not a good idea! Oct 24, 2007

Politics notwithstanding, only a few flags are instantly recognizable!

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xxxmediamatrix
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Did I miss something? Oct 24, 2007

Maurice Claypole wrote:

... the UK [has] more than one flag.


Did miss something? Tell me more, please!


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xxxmediamatrix
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Real estate Oct 24, 2007

I challenge anyone here to distinguish the flags of Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina and El Salvador in an image consuming anything less than 3 sq. cm of screen space (always assuming people know which is which anyway...). In contrast, the names of those countries take barely 1 sq. cm.

Our screens are already cluttered quite sufficiently with unwanted ads without wasting yet more precious real estate with pictures which, belying the old adage, are worth far less than 1000 words - to the point that they are less informative than the one, two or three words forming the names of the countries spelled out in full.

MediaMatrix


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Learn Oct 24, 2007

Maria Diaconu wrote:

I really can't learn the flags... That could be frustrating.


That would be a way to learn them


Juan Jacob:

As I was raised in the chili and tequila land, I will choose the mexican flag. Sorry, Italy


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Thank you Oct 24, 2007

Maurice Claypole wrote:

...Also many countries - e.g. the UK - have more than one flag.


Wasn't Socrates the greek philosopher who said human beings are a political animal (zoon)? Many actions could be considered political according to everyone's point of view ..even our defense for better rates.

If people in Wales or Scotland want to show those flags, why not? It's a free world.

Anyway, thank you very much for sharing your opinion.

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Quite a nice idea, I think Oct 24, 2007

And I'm sure it cannot do anyone any harm to learn to recognise the flags.

Anyhow, Trados uses flags for the languages, and that does not seem to be a political problem.

Astrid


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Well... Oct 24, 2007

...I didn't know that the U.K. has more than one flag. Is it so or did I missed something at school?

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Enrique Cavalitto
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A possible problem Oct 24, 2007

Flags have an associated emotional value.

Members born in one country and living in another may feel unhappy showing the flag of the country of residence instead of the one from their native land.

Regards,
Enrique


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Not hard Oct 24, 2007

mediamatrix wrote:

I challenge anyone here to distinguish the flags of Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina and El Salvador in an image consuming anything less than 3 sq. cm of screen space (always assuming people know which is which anyway...). In contrast, the names of those countries take barely 1 sq. cm.

Our screens are already cluttered quite sufficiently with unwanted ads without wasting yet more precious real estate with pictures which, belying the old adage, are worth far less than 1000 words - to the point that they are less informative than the one, two or three words forming the names of the countries spelled out in full.

MediaMatrix


Look at this example. When you focus over any flag, it displays the country name.

http://es.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html
1.- Argentina

http://es.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html#confederation=0&rank=162&page=2
55.- Honduras flag uses a different blue.



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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Reply Oct 24, 2007

Enrique wrote:

Flags have an associated emotional value.

Members born in one country and living in another may feel unhappy showing the flag of the country of residence instead of the one from their native land.

Regards,
Enrique


But that doesn't seem to be a problem with many examples in this site.

There are Italian translators working in Poland show "Poland", Swedish translators in Mexico show "Mexico", Argentinean translators show "Italy" if they live there, etc.

Astrid's example was great. If TRADOS do it, why can't we?

Best regards.


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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UK Oct 24, 2007

Juan Jacob wrote:

...I didn't know that the U.K. has more than one flag. Is it so or did I missed something at school?


Well, Uk has only one flag. It comprises the island of Great Britain, the north-east part of the island of Ireland and many small local islands.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK

Great Britain is no longer a country, but simply an island in the United Kingdom. Politically, "Great Britain" describes the combination of England, Scotland, and Wales, and there...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain

By the way, as far as I know you were raised in Belgium but live in Mexico. Which flag would you use? Regards!


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