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Poll: When researching terms on the Internet, do you ever get sidetracked by a totally different subject?
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Sandra Petch
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WILF Nov 17, 2010

Also known as Wilfing... What was I Looking For?

I answered "sometimes" but "often" would have been closer to the truth!


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xxxInterlangue
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Often Nov 17, 2010

But "totally different" does not mean much as there is always a connection, however far

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JaneD  Identity Verified
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The reason I ask... Nov 17, 2010

... is that yesterday, while working on a document about an exhibition in Paris, I found myself watching a YouTube video of Agnes Letestu (ballerina) demonstrating the five ballet positions.

The exhibition had nothing to do with ballet, nor was Agnes Letestu mentioned.

So I'm really just looking for confirmation that I'm not the only person who gets sidetracked even while working on an interesting document!


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Nov 17, 2010

But searching a definition in a monolingual paper dictionary/encyclopaedia is what really makes me "lose" time. While flipping through pages to find what I look for, I always bump into things I have to read. It's very time-consuming. Hence my preference for digital dictionaries at work, which get me to the point more quickly.

Philippe


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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sometimes Nov 17, 2010

and it can be annoying

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David Wright  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Nov 17, 2010

but really "extremely often" and I often find it informative/enjoyable/useful, but rarely annoying.

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CatRinceoir  Identity Verified
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Unfortunately, I do it way too often! Nov 17, 2010

Facebook, Youtube, message boards or browsing through my audio CDs to find the best music for the present moment/mood/job...

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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in the past Nov 17, 2010

always in the past. Then I realized how much time I was wasting, which needed to be "found" and taken from other more enjoyable activities, so now it may happen, but it's like once in week (5 mins) then my left hand slaps the right one (which has the power on the mouse) and I get back to work. that's why all my computer-related social activities are basically ZERO, total waste of time. - I prefer spending my time out with frineds and my children or simply walking or doing a bit of physical activity.

Obviously since the Internet is a great source of information, if I have a curiosity or anything I would like to find I keep it for the "break".


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Noni Gilbert
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Perks Nov 17, 2010

I would say that this getting distracted is one of the perks of the job, since you can vaguely justify it by saying that the knowledge you acquire that way might just come in handy at a later date for another translation.

Unless you are a very specialized translator, you have to be a magpie, snatching every last piece of information that you can lay your hands (beak?) on.

That said, you have to be capable of exercising restraint and giving yourself only the amount of slack that your deadline permits you.


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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
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sometimes Nov 17, 2010

but I'm implementing strategies to avoid wasting time into searches because time flies when you do a search and get side tracked!

I've found using the term search in Proz.com terminology is a nice way of avoiding getting side tracked but you don't find all your answers in there.

I'm getting better at not wasting my time - it's amazing what you learn sometimes though when getting side tracked.

Still, back to work!


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 17, 2010

Yes, often but not always

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Nov 17, 2010

was my initial reply but I really meant often and the only thing that stops it being "always" is that sometimes a deadline means I have to be ruthless and stick to researching my original query.

Another thing I find hard to avoid is giving the English of websites the once-over, especially if they are puportedly prestigious or quasi-official sites, and can often barely restrain the urge to contact them and tell them their site needs correcting/improving, which is par for the course.


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JaneD  Identity Verified
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Often.. Nov 17, 2010

Yes, "Often" was actually my preferred choice for the maximum answer - I don't suppose there are many successful translators who are distracted "Always"!

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bp-translations  Identity Verified
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sometimes Nov 17, 2010

but usually not to completely different but related topics. And that's one of the things I like about my job: that it takes you to so many places - if only virtually

[Bearbeitet am 2010-11-17 10:48 GMT]


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