Poll: Do you flag and/or filter KudoZ askers?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff

ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 09:45
Mar 10, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you flag and/or filter KudoZ askers?".

This poll was originally submitted by Agnieszka Zmuda

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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:45
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Filtering Mar 10, 2006

I have used the "filter" function with several persons who have shown a pattern of either 1.) not awarding points to me in instances when I thought my answer was clearly superior to the others offered or 2.) posting questions in very sloppy ways that make the answerer do a lot of guesswork in order to come up with an answer. This latter problem mainly involves not providing sufficient context--or even any at all.

My own thought with regard to the first category is that I am not interested in wasting my time answering questions in which I'm not given a fair shake to be awarded points. With regard to the second, I don't really feel inclined to help someone who hasn't taken the trouble to provide me with the information I need to offer a plausible answer to his or her question, in cases where it is clearly possible to do so.


Dyran Altenburg (X)  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:45
English to Spanish
+ ...
Consider adding one more option Mar 10, 2006

o I don't do KudoZ



Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:45
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
'Buy a dictionary...' Mar 10, 2006

I was very tempted one day simply to answer 'buy a dictionary' to one asker who works in a large number of language pairs and sends dozens of questions out - for several days in a row - which any points grabber can score on simply by looking up the answer in the basic dictionaries.

I hope this person is more independent in some of the other language pairs, because it would be better to concentrate on one or two and translate really well.

There are others, but none of them have annoyed me quite so much!

It's not entirely fair, but it saves a lot of annoyance, and then I can forget my pet aversions. We have all been beginners once, and I can see others are willing to help, so I don't think my 'victims' suffer from my prejudice. I think it's a good way of keeping the tone friendly on the siteicon_biggrin.gif

I have considered flagging one or two favourites, but I have not actually done so. I check through KudoZ when I have time, and add good answers regularly to my wordlists and dictionaries. These answers come from many different people.

Thanks to all of you!


Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:45
Member (2005)
English to Polish
To Dyran Mar 10, 2006

Too late to addicon_frown.gif But you're right: I should have. Sorry! I am so involved in KudoZ acitivity myself that I "forgot" someone might not participate. How selfish of meicon_frown.gif

Kindest regards,


Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:45
Italian to English
+ ...
seasoned (?) filterer Mar 10, 2006

I have to confess that I do have a few filters on. Bliss.

I've filtered out a couple of askers who dart questions out like there's no tomorrow and have not only given zero thought to their questions but have a proven habit of giving zero thought to grading them as well.

I can cope with petty allegiances between askers and answerers - there seems to be a bit of that around at the moment in at least one of my pairs - so long as a decent, accurate answer is selected for the glossary. Unfortunately - and on rare occasions - this isn't always the case, so I'm afraid it's off to the filter zone with serial offenders!

I haven't flagged anyone yet, but there have been some really great questions lately that have sparked off some good debate.

Have a great weekend,

[Edited at 2006-03-10 19:06]


Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:45
English to German
+ ...
I was tempted once, but Mar 11, 2006

dropped the idea when I learned that the asker was simply a hard-working student after he contacted me personally and asked me for help with research. My pleasure to help out there.

Honestly, I even find some "targeted" questions annoying - when the question is no expert question at all. Little bit bumptious in some cases..


Cilian O'Tuama  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:45
German to English
+ ...
I use both, and I update my lists regularly. Mar 11, 2006

I'm very pleased to have this flag/filter feature, especially the filter. It helps me keep my cool – there's less frustration because I've less exposure to askers who rub (selfish) me the wrong way, e.g. by incessantly ignoring common courtesy, pleas for context...

Of course, the flag/filter function only addresses the symptoms, not the problem. Still, I'm glad it was introduced.


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:45
English to Spanish
+ ...
I said no, but... Mar 11, 2006

Being in the most popular language pair, a long time ago I started getting too many e-mails so I went to the setting where I could turn off all announcements of questions.

So in essence I just filtered out everyone.

Then when I sign in, I just look at whatever is pending and take it from there. That works fine.


Irene N
United States
Local time: 11:45
English to Russian
+ ...
I use different approach Mar 11, 2006

Sorry, didn't expect 2 posts - just wanted to change the title.

[Edited at 2006-03-11 17:24]


Irene N
United States
Local time: 11:45
English to Russian
+ ...
I'm with you Henry Mar 11, 2006

IreneN wrote:

Instead, I turned off ALL question mail and translation jobs and open Kudoz only when I feel like browsing through it in search of something interesting. As Kudoz is a pure mind game for me and I'm not interested in bidding or getting customers (4 occasions in 4+ years were for rate acceptance check only, 2 even turned out to be real jobs - 1 transl and 1 interp:-), I simply could not back off as I asked for it), both speed and points mean nothing to me and I don't mind adding my opinion even post-grading when I find it potentially helpful. This keeps me sane and my mailbox clean:-).
Off-topic - I would probably bid more for exciting interpretation assignments but there are so few of them. It's a pity. I just missed one of them in Finland - what an irony... I spent 2 months in St. Petersburg, Russia, was available and had to leave back to the US 2 weeks prior to the conference date:-( I still believe I had a good chance for that rare opportunity:-(. I just had to whine over it, sorry:-)


United States
Local time: 12:45
French to English
I've used both Mar 12, 2006

I have names to filter and names to flag, I think probably only two of each. But what I would like is a function that would completely block a person from answering and/or commenting on my questions. There are certain individuals whose input I absolutely do not need.


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