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Poll: How do you feel when referred to as a "resource"?
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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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I don't care Oct 16, 2016

It doesn't matter what I'm being referred to, I'm still a translator.icon_wink.gif

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Other Oct 16, 2016

I have never been referred to as such so I cannot really say.

Why are those questions being asked by anonymous lately so stupid?


 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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French to English
Fine Oct 16, 2016

I think we're all used to the term Human Resources.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other (Fine + I don't care) Oct 16, 2016

I don’t think I have ever been referred to as such, but I don’t mind. I’m not very susceptible and, whatever you call me, I’ll still be a translator.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Oct 16, 2016

@Michael, ditto!

Michael Harris wrote:

I have never been referred to as such so I cannot really say.

Why are those questions being asked by anonymous lately so stupid?


I've been called 'saucy' before, but never a 'resource.' icon_biggrin.gif


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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Must be a resource Oct 16, 2016

Michael Harris wrote:

I have never been referred to as such so I cannot really say.

Why are those questions being asked by anonymous lately so stupid?


…only a stupid one.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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other Oct 16, 2016

Thayenga wrote:

It doesn't matter what I'm being referred to, I'm still a translator.icon_wink.gif


Does it change anything?


 

Albert Stufkens  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Plunet Oct 16, 2016

This term is used by Plunet, a translation management tool that is increasingly used by translation agencies.

Michael Harris wrote:

I have never been referred to as such so I cannot really say.

Why are those questions being asked by anonymous lately so stupid?


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
English to Spanish
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Plunet Oct 16, 2016

Albert Stufkens wrote:

This term is used by Plunet, a translation management tool that is increasingly used by translation agencies.

Michael Harris wrote:

I have never been referred to as such so I cannot really say.

Why are those questions being asked by anonymous lately so stupid?


A resource is Human Resources terminology. Outside of it, whether in print, on software or other type of literature, referring to professionals with a distinct name (doctors, nurses, interpreters, plumbers, translators, etc.) as a resource is inappropriate and, yes, stupid.

If a HR manager asks his assistant to find 3 resources for the piping design department, then they know what they're talking about but still have to specify.

Outside of HR circles, however, calling anyone a resource shows ignorance and an exaggerated love for buzzwords.


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:52
Member (2006)
French to English
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I feel ... Oct 16, 2016

... a mixture of mild annoyance, amusement and resignation.
It's just another of those vogue words which, I suppose, people unconsciously absorb on media studies and business management courses.
Soon, a new modish term will appear.


 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:52
French to German
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I'm a translator... Oct 16, 2016

and a human being. If anyone referred to me as a 'resource' I would certainly not want to work with that person/the agency they work for. But perhaps 'resources' are happy to work for 0.025 € per source word?

 

SteveMcD  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:52
German to English
Mind over matter Oct 16, 2016

I don't mind, so it don't matter.
Besides, I've been called much worse than a resource.icon_wink.gif


 

airmailrpl  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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"resource" is probably better.. Oct 16, 2016

"resource" is probably better than being referred to as a "vendor" - as some agencies like to call us

 

Georgie Scott  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:52
Member (2009)
French to English
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Can't stand it Oct 16, 2016

I really, really hate it. I genuinely find it deeply offensive. In my mind a resource is a thing to be used. I don't feel like a thing, I feel like a person working with and alongside other people for a common goal.

Good to see that most people don't mind it though. I will endeavour to stop letting it bother me.


 
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