Ralf Lemster wrote:
I agree with the point you're making. However, this is already pointed out very clearly on the Job Posting Form - obviously, there are those who read the hints before posting, and those who don't.
You may want to note that we're in the process of revamping the jobs process (including the form(s) used); one of the things we're looking at is a checklist for job posters.
I would suggest that the job title be generated automatically from certain information that the posters fill into specified fields (menus and/or text boxes).
For example, the poster would provide the following info:
Document Type: Manual
Field: Energy/Power Generation
Topic: Nuclear Power Station
The title could then read:
Manual - Energy/Power Generation - Nuclear Power Station
Where this method wouldn't work is open calls by outsourcers who want to expand their freelancer roster. Maybe there should be a separate section for that?
Having said that, I don't think there's any way to fully avoid postings from someone who urgently needs a translator, but doesn't know what kind of text it's about... (sigh)
I'm not sure that ProZ needs to support outsourcers who want to get paid for not knowing what they're doing. In many cases, the only actual service that an agency provides to the end client is matching a job with a translator. If an agency doesn't even bother to find out what kind of job it is, what good are they?