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Thread poster: LegalTransform

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:43
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Apr 6, 2004

I apologize if this has been discussed before, but I had a suggestion regarding a new feature for the Proz job system.

1) Incorporate some kind of system that would allow Platinum members to display that they are currently available for work (everyday when they log-on to ??)

2) An outsourcer posts a job (Italian to English for example) and receives 100 bids. They find 20 of the translators acceptable, but only require one translator for this particular job. However, they have the option (checkbox??) to place the other translators into a “preferred translators” file.

3) Two months later, this same outsourcer again finds a need for an Italian to English translator and posts the job on Proz. However, this time, as soon as they enter the language pair, they are informed that 4 out of the 20 translators they have already approved are currently available for work and the outsourcer is asked if they would they like to contact these translators first (automatically through Proz mail) before placing the job on the Proz system.

4) Of course, outsourcers could also place translators into their “preferred translators” list via a translator’s profile page.

5) Outsourcers lists would be private, but translators would have the option to see which outsourcers have “bookmarked” them as well as the option to delete themselves from an outsourcers list of “favorites” if so desired.

6) This has the additional advantage that translators would have to log into Proz at least once a day in order to indicate their availability.

[Edited at 2004-04-06 17:19]


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:43
English to German
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Moving the thread... Apr 6, 2004

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for your suggestions. I have moved this topic to Job Systems, to keep all jobs-related suggestions in the same forum.

Best regards, Ralf


Lucinda  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:43
Member (2002)
Dutch to English
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Excellent idea! Apr 6, 2004

Jeff, splendid idea. The first thing I open in the morning is ProZ anyway. So, if I do not indicate availability to work on a given day, I'm enjoying a well-deserved vacation. Sounds good to me.

Still, I think that the option should remain to have job offers be delivered to your email address with the option to turn it off. Just like it is now.

I am looking forward to see if this is a feasible option.

Thanks for the suggestion! I hope that it will be installed.



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