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Poll: Have you ever interrupted a project because of any reason?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever interrupted a project because of any reason?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Feb 3, 2016

I suppose I must've done. In fact, I have a vague recollection of having had to do so at least a couple of times, however I simply don't remember the details, nor do I need to (otherwise I would remember). Sometimes clients order a translation on behalf of a third party who then lets them down, cancels the order etc, but even when I'm ill I always try to fulfil my commitments. I once finished a translation job from a hospital bed with a broken arm.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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? Feb 3, 2016

I go to the loo every now and again

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes, a couple of times Feb 3, 2016

I understand this to mean stop working on a project. Once I was asked to review a poor translation that was also very long. I had an infection in my eye and ended up returning it to the client.

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Teresa Borges
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Other Feb 3, 2016

Yes, all the time (unless the project is a very short one…) to have a meal, drink an espresso, go “walkies” with my dog and other breaks for whatever reason.

But assuming that what was meant here was abandon instead of interrupt then my answer will be: no. The only serious illness I had was not sudden and I had enough time to prepare myself (and my clients) for my surgical intervention and the weeks of recovery that followed. In the meantime all projects were translated by a trusted colleague and reviewed by me.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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When clients cancel... Feb 3, 2016

... and once, which was a little bitter -

I was working hard at an interesting project for a good client. I found the mail again to check the deadline - and there wasn't one - the client had never actually confirmed the order!

That was many years ago, but I have not forgotten it!

Clients have cancelled several times, and on one occasion I handed a job over to a colleague in-house - I was seeing double with migraine, and the job couldn't wait.

Most of my jobs are small, however, so they are usually done before they get cancelled. But naturally, I take normal breaks like everyone else.


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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I don't really understand the question Feb 3, 2016

and from the answers of others, I see I am not alone. Depending on the meaning, my answers are the same as above.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Ditto Feb 3, 2016

To EvaVer's response

If it means that I have ever abandoned a project midway excluding mitigating circumstances, no.

Once conditions are agreed upon and in place, I see them out to the bitter end.


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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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Depends what you mean Feb 3, 2016

I've often interrupted work on a lengthy project lasting weeks or months to fit in shorter assignments - I take the view that anything of 500 words or less can normally be fitted in regardless of what larger projects I am working on.

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Jon Hedemann  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Interrupted...? Feb 3, 2016

Interrupted...? Do you mean "cancelled"...?

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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had to give up ... Feb 3, 2016

in the case of family bereavement.

Apart from that, even when I had a couple of days in hospital I kept a fairly big job and finished it when I got out.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
if interrupt means cancel... Feb 3, 2016

Once, when my father's health got worse and I needed to start traveling from one city to another to talk with doctors

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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A few times, but Feb 3, 2016

always upon the client's request. I never interrupted a project for my own reasons, if that was the question.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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Member (2007)
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Not abandoned, no Feb 3, 2016

I can't claim to have scheduled in my emergency appendectomy, but it did come at a "good" time. I was able to take a couple of days off without inconveniencing translation clients. I did need to cancel a few English lessons though as driving was difficult for a week.

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Wilsonn Perez Reyes  Identity Verified
El Salvador
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Irrelevant Feb 3, 2016

Sorry, but i find this question is largely irrelevant.

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