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Thread poster: Henry Dotterer

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 16:00
SITE FOUNDER
Mar 23, 2006

Dear members,

A new profile format is now available for your testing and feedback.

In addition to improvements in readability and ease-of-use, this profile features the following enhancements:

More complete information, greater flexibility
- an availability calendar
- more complete contact data
- data on the profile owner's locale (local time, map)
- ability to sort language pairs according to personal preference
- ability to hide/show contact information by type

Readability and navigational improvements
- more organized and expandable structure
- standardized and personalized modes
- ability to adjust font size
- a top menu (members have the option of hiding this)

Improved promotional aspects
- advanced options for search engine optimization, including ability to customize title and URL format
- crosslinking to members (among members, and from non-members to members)

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To see your profile as it would be displayed in the new profile format, go to: http://www.proz.com/profile (Note that you must be a member, and you must be logged in.)

We will begin making use of the new display format as early as May. However, your current profile design will remain accessible thereafter (at the current "/pro" URL), so if you prefer it (or have given out the URL), you can continue to use it as-is.

On the other hand, if you prefer the new format, you will be able to start using it at the beginning of April.

For now, your assistance in improving this new profile format would be appreciated. Please post your feedback and suggestions on the new design here, in response to this topic.

Please let us know how you rate the new profile in this poll


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Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:00
Member (2004)
English to Latvian
+ ...
What happened to rates? Mar 23, 2006

Looks like they are very well hidden. I know we can edit them but at the moment nobody can see them.
I will not comment more - I am still trying to digest what I have seen.


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Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:00
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
i LIKE IT Mar 23, 2006

JUST I D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE RED FONT

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Andy Watkinson
Spain
Local time: 22:00
Member
Catalan to English
+ ...
Initial reaction Mar 23, 2006

My initial reaction is that I prefer this layout.
Then again, I'm hardly the one to give an opinion as I've had a virtually empty profile for 5 years, because when I joined ProZ I wasn't actively looking for work.

Only one thing but which I think is important.

It would be very useful if it were possible to show more than one e-mail address. I doubt there are any of us who have only one address and, if one account is down for any reason, contacts would have a second means of getting in touch.

I realize that the page cannot be edited (I've tried twice) but in the edit page you're only offered one line for an address.

Cheers,
Andy

PS. Knew there was something else.
It shows my "Affiliation" with an agency I posted on the BB. Not only am I not "affiliated", I'd prefer not to be associated with it in any way.

[Edited at 2006-03-23 16:11]


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 22:00
English to Czech
+ ...
Availability - error Mar 23, 2006

When I click "edit" below the calendar, I get the following error:

"You do not appear to be authorized to access this page."

The other sections seem to work fine.


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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:00
Italian to English
+ ...
new profile format Mar 23, 2006

I love the idea of the availability calendar in theory. Having the local time is really handy - just this morning I was called at an ungodly hour of the morning on my mobile.


I personally find the "horizontal" rather than "vertical" layout - in particular in terms of the Expertise, KudoZ activity and Experience entries - rather harsh on the eyes. Whether this is simply because it is new, I don't know.


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 22:00
English to Czech
+ ...
Photo Mar 23, 2006

What is the size of the photo? It's bigger than in the old format and pixelated. Is the size final and should we upload bigger photos?

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Joanna Borowska  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:00
English to Polish
I like the new functions... Mar 23, 2006

the calendar, map, user message, top menu, information "registered since..." etc. - it looks like you really took into consideration most of our suggestions, THANK YOU!!!

But...
Personally, I would prefer the design to be more similar to the old one. I particularly don't like the new big information box on top. It makes the profile longer and one has to scroll to get to the most important information (the profile proper). I know we can make the information box appear at the bottom of the page, but IMO it would be best to put it on the left as there is so much unused space there. Besides, this way the glossaries and specialisation areas would be put in a column which would make them more readable (now they make an impression of a mess to me).

I would also prefer the Portfolio and KudoZ sections to be more visible, just as they used to be (separate tabs).

And that would be it for now
Once again, a big thank you to the Staff!

Joanna


[Edited at 2006-03-23 15:15]

Oh, yes, I agree with Hynek. I think the photo is way too big.


[Edited at 2006-03-24 09:52]


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:00
Member (2004)
English to Polish
+ ...
How can I change local time? Mar 23, 2006

Can't find the clock setting and the time shown in my profile is wrong (it's one hour later here than it shows).

Other then that - wow!

Magda


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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:00
Italian to English
The new format looks fine Mar 23, 2006

Amy Williams wrote:

I love the idea of the availability calendar in theory.



I doubt I would ever bother to keep it up to date!



Having the local time is really handy - just this morning I was called at an ungodly hour of the morning on my mobile.



It's a nice touch but it gives my local time as GMT, not CET (and the clocks go forward next Sunday, 26 March).

Cheers,

Giles


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justin C
United States
Local time: 16:00
English
Changing your time zone Mar 23, 2006

Hello all!

Thank you all very much for your feedback, we are making note of user suggestions.

I will be updating the availability calendar so you all may see the functionality of it in the near future, I will post back in this thread when I have it ready for everyone to test out.

Magda: To change your time zone, click on the 'CONTACT' tab, click 'Edit all', and the time zone option is in the middle. This determines what time is shown on your profile page as "User's local time".

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Best Regards,
Justin


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:00
Member (2004)
English to Polish
+ ...
OK, time is set + plus one more thing Mar 23, 2006

Hi Justin,
Thanks for guidance, managed to set the time correctly.

I also noticed that when clicking on '+' sign to expand the Expertise field, the expanded text overlaps with the line below and it's illegible. Both in owner's and visitor's view.
I'm using Firefox 1.0.7

Magda


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justin C
United States
Local time: 16:00
English
Sounds like a bug... Mar 23, 2006

Hi Magda,

I also noticed that when clicking on '+' sign to expand the Expertise field, the expanded text overlaps with the line below and it's illegible.


Try refreshing the page and trying again, the problem shoud go away. We are currently looking into a fix for the problem (it seems to happen rarely).

Best,
Justin


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Natalia Zudaire  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:00
English to Spanish
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Portfolio Mar 23, 2006

* I don't see the original text on my portfolio, I only see the translation.
* I can only see one of my credentials.
* I don't see the map.

[Edited at 2006-03-23 16:10]


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Natalia Zudaire  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 17:00
English to Spanish
+ ...
My feedback Mar 23, 2006

1) Summary information is too crowded.
2) Running text on the freetext part of the profile doesn't show on the new format.
3) I can't edit my calendar of avalability (I get the same error message as Hynek, and I can't login)
4) I would prefer that the options I mark as "not visible" in the contact tab were not shown on the Visitor's view (they are now shown as "Not visible")

Otherwise it is a nice improvement.

N.


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