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Klára Kalamár  Identity Verified
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Water May 22, 2016

More precisely without my favourite music and water

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Teresa Borges
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Coffee! May 22, 2016

What else?

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Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
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- May 22, 2016

This has to be the dumbest poll in months.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Other May 22, 2016

Fresh air

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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a Purchase Order May 22, 2016

No PO, no go!

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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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Definitely a low point in the poll world May 22, 2016

Max Deryagin wrote:

This has to be the dumbest poll in months.


Fully agree, Max. I recently sent in a proposed "quick poll" asking "Which kind of poll annoys you the most?" suggesting five different possibilities, including "other." My suggested topic was never posted, of course. This one would have fallen under "Forced choice among essential items."


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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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A (normally) beating heart May 22, 2016

A prerequisite to pretty much everything else.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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? May 22, 2016

Who has the time to come up with these kinds of "meaningless" polls?

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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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"Wasting time" May 22, 2016

Thayenga wrote:

Who has the time to come up with these kinds of "meaningless" polls?


http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/235867-poll_what_percentage_of_your_working_time_is_wasted_browsing_and_or_being_distracted-page2.html

This old poll discussion contains a range of opinions on what constitutes wasted time, and how translators choose to use it.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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I have some ideas May 22, 2016

Thayenga wrote:

Who has the time to come up with these kinds of "meaningless" polls?


Bored in-house translators
Freelancers in a lull
Unemployed bilingual wannabes
A translator's kid on a lark
Proz.com owners bored out of their skulls




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Anne-Carine Zimmer  Identity Verified
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not a dumb question, but dumb answer options May 22, 2016

I need silence to work, for example. Helicopters circling the area or leaf blowers (both part of life in LA...) can be a tremendous nuisance and make it hard to focus...

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Doubtlessly May 22, 2016

Max Deryagin wrote:

This has to be the dumbest poll in months.


And we know for sure many good questions are never posted, to give place to this kind of %@##@$.


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Sharon Toh, MITI MCIL
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Tea for me (if this is about staying awake) May 23, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

[Coffee!] What else?


To each their own. I, for one, drink tea instead of coffee to stay awake.


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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the night owl's menu May 23, 2016

After 3:00 a.m., significant amount of coffee, combined with
a) tea;
b) energy drink;
c) smoking;
d) silence (everybody sleeping in the another room
e) silent jazz (nowadays Keith Jarrett)
f) as Julian mentioned, a valid PO first of all.


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