Poll: Do you think that an anonymous Blue Board would be helpful?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you think that an anonymous Blue Board would be helpful?".

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No! Feb 12

I’m totally against! What an idea! All the interest of the BB is to know exactly with whom I am dealing with, be it agencies or colleagues. When I have something to say about an agency, positive or negative, I want to put my name alongside. I am a professional and I’d like to think that I behave like a professional in all circumstances. If an agency, doesn’t know who and why someone has posted a low score, how will they solve the matter? I must say also that, with only two exceptions (they both claim that I haven’t worked for them), all the agencies I have rated low have solved the problem without any reprisal…

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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
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Well said, Teresa! Feb 12

What's the point in having the anonymous BB? It will be like graffiti - no names, no responsibility.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Feb 12

Everyone should have the right to face their accusers.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Feb 12

Not really. I do think there should be more naming and shaming when shoddy practices are involved, but you only need to look at how poster anonymity has led to libellous behaviour, horrendous trolling and online bullying in other areas to see that it isn't always a positive thing.


[Edited at 2018-02-12 10:27 GMT]


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Feb 12

Why should it be anonymous? That could even foster some dishonesty.

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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An anonymous Blue Board would be worthless Feb 12

As it is, I can already see some pretty bad-paying translation agencies - those who default on large payments - hiring a flock of "desperado tranzlaters" for $10~20 jobs each, paying them COD, and thus getting a large number of good comments, in order to outweigh the bad feedback they got from their 'victims'.

If the Blue Board became anonymous, they could merely hire "people" (not necessarily translators) to register on Proz and publish whatever they were required to, say, for a $5 reward.


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Linda Miranda  Identity Verified
Portugal
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I completely agree with Teresa Feb 12

"If an agency doesn’t know who and why someone has posted a low score, how will they solve the matter?"

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Feb 12

Totally agree with the above.

I look at who has commented - positively or negatively. OK, I have no real idea who most of the people are who post ratings, so they might as well be anonymous, and if I guess, I may just be prejudiced.

However, if I do know the person, or there is a name, I can ask for more details if I want to.

I wish it was possible to add a comment, perhaps without rating, to explain why I did not accept a job at all. It would be very useful if people could pass on reservations without actually having to be caught in the trap! (I have recently been offered jobs with extremely tight or impossible deadlines by an agency with a fine, unbroken row of 5-ratings...) It would be unprofessional to take on the jobs, and of course, I would never do it just to be able to give the agency a lower rating.

But the rules say translators can only rate outsourcers if they have actually worked with them, and there would of course be other issues if translators could add comments without real experience of working with the outsourcer.


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Laura Bissio CT  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 02:17
Member (2008)
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No Feb 12

I agree with the previous comments, it would be worthless and could be damaging.

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Jan Truper
Germany
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Member (2016)
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Yes Feb 12

(Provided it doesn't replace the non-anonymous Blue Board.)

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 07:17
Member (2008)
English to Italian
No Feb 12

In my humble opinion, anonymous entries in any field have no value at all.
If I have something positive or negative to say I have to let the other person know who I am so they can deal with my comment.


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Diarmuid Kennan
Ireland
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No Feb 12

For all the obvious reasons mentioned above - otherwise the BB would instantly become worthless.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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No Feb 13

It would be worthless, and might even cause problems for the agency where there shouldn't be any. And... only criminals and cowards try to stay anonymous.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Never! Feb 13

Anonymous stuff is unacceptable commercially speaking. It opens the gates for people with questionable behavior to criticize professionals and agencies openly without any consequences to them. As we see regularly in the social media, it's not a good idea at all. The Blue Board, which is a reliable source of reference, would become a useless critique arena. Please do not allow this to happen.

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