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Poll: Do you usually accept job offers involving crowdsourcing?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Wow, a real person... Nov 16, 2015

but sorry, I am a bit lost with this one.

Crowdsourcing has to do with sharing with other people? Or am I on the wrong line?


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I said "No" Nov 16, 2015

I think this means responding to cattle calls for multiple translators to do parts of an enormous project.

I rarely work with more than one other colleague on the same project, and at least 90% of the time I work alone. When I co-translate, I almost always work with clients I already know and usually colleagues I know as well.


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Never Nov 16, 2015

... been asked.
I'm a bit confused by the question too - isn't crowdsourcing usually amateur and free?


 

Maxi Schwarz
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Working at a professional level .... Nov 16, 2015

... I don't see how that is possible.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Never 'appen Nov 16, 2015

No. Ditto what Muriel said. "Hell is other people"...

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No! Nov 16, 2015

I have never been asked (just the word makes me sick)! Just like Muriel, I rarely work with more than one other colleague on the same project: one translator and one reviewer, to ensure as far as possible an even and consistent translation. The very few times I accepted a split job (less than 10 in 30 years) I was working with colleagues I know well.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Nov 16, 2015

I think I have been asked once or twice. But my answer will always be "thanks, but no thanks"

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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No Nov 16, 2015

Gangbangs of any kind have never appealed

 

xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Bingo... Nov 16, 2015

One of those words that belongs to a well known version of bingo played in the office...

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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About as likely to produce quality as in the monkeys/bible scenario Nov 16, 2015

DianeGM wrote:
isn't crowdsourcing usually amateur and free?

I suppose in theory that if enough people translate, delete, rework, revise and polish a text, then there's a chance that a readable translation will surface. But it's only a statistical probability, like that oft-quoted one about monkeys writing the bible. Seriously, is it about to happen? NO!


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Nov 16, 2015

It depends very much what you mean by crowdsourcing. As I understand it, no, I would not join in.

I have been playing with Duolinguo recently, suggested as a way of practising Italian if I wanted to learn a new language.

I believe they have a crowdsourcing section called 'Immersion', but I have never looked at it.

It is good to listen to the pronunciation, but the setup seems far too unsystematic for me.
Even if/when I learn enough Italian to participate, I would not touch crowdsourcing. (I've had about four lessons with a real teacher in six weeks so far...) I would not do it in any language, come to that.

I have considered contributing to MyMemory, but don't know how. It is not always convincing, but if I can't find what I am looking for in KudoZ or IATE, I do occasionally take a peek.


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Another “panacea” from Silicon Valley Nov 16, 2015

Michael Harris wrote:

but sorry, I am a bit lost with this one.

Crowdsourcing has to do with sharing with other people? Or am I on the wrong line?


Michael, crowdsourcing is, as the Silicon Valley gurus put it, part of the on-demand or gig economy. According to their marketing, crowdsourcing is labor distribution for best efficiencies.

In reality, it's more like work distribution for little or no money, which redounds in lower costs (labor and production costs) for the initiator, the entrepreneur, etc.

Facebook was a big crowdsourcing proponent (I don't know if it still is). Wikipedia is an egregious example: it crowdsources the writing, editing and translation (and review) of most of its articles to specialists. Wikipedia does not pay those writers, editors and translators a thing.


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Amateurs Nov 16, 2015

DianeGM wrote:

... been asked.
I'm a bit confused by the question too - isn't crowdsourcing usually amateur and free?


That it's mostly free, it's true, but many crowdsourcing operators are architects, chemists, geographers, engineers, doctors, etc. I met one of them via a Yahoo translation group a few years back.


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Moo Nov 16, 2015

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

I think this means responding to cattle calls for multiple translators to do parts of an enormous project.

I rarely work with more than one other colleague on the same project, and at least 90% of the time I work alone. When I co-translate, I almost always work with clients I already know and usually colleagues I know as well.


I suppose crowdsourcing comes in different forms and colors, one of which is to get the maximum amount of workers to do a particular job for the least amount of money = less cost for the entrepreneur or company.

Muriel, I recently took two calls from UK-based translation companies wanting to know if I outsource translation projects and, if so, I would be interested in a vendor relationship.

I told them no, visit my website, I don't outsource.


 
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