"Reviewing" squashed KudoZ questions
Thread poster: Jack Doughty

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Oct 5, 2013

When you go to a KudoZ link from an email, if the question has been squashed, you see:
"This question has been removed"
(by whom, reason)
"More information" (squashing guidelines, KudoZ rules)
"If after reviewing the above you believe this question has been removed inappropriately, please contact a site moderator".

How can you tell if a question has been removed inappropriately or not if you can't see the question?
Would it be possible to give a link (differing from the original one) to the squashed question, so that if anyone wants to judge whether or not squashing was inappropriate, they have enough meaningful information to make such a judgement?

[Edited at 2013-10-05 08:59 GMT]


 

Ashutosh Mitra  Identity Verified
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You are right! Oct 5, 2013

A different link shall be provided to the squashed question, so that if anyone wants to decide whether or not the squashing was inappropriate, he/she will have enough information to make such a judgement.

Regards.


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
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Moving the thread Oct 5, 2013

to the "Suggestions" forum.

 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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The whole squashing thing Oct 6, 2013

Dear Jack,

The whole squashing thing is only available and visible to members who have contributed a lot to KudoZ, or to the ProZ company, Im still not sure. That's why I have the authority to squash unanswered KudoZ questions and you have both the authority to squash them and revoke squashing. This could explain why nobody reacts to your posting.

Cheers,
Gerard



[Edited at 2013-10-06 20:54 GMT]


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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To Gerard Oct 6, 2013

Thank you for your post, I was expecting a bit more reaction to this than I have had, now I understand why. I have squashing rights, but I don't have "revoke-squashing rights", all I have is the theoretical right to contact a moderator on the subject, but in practice I don't even have that, because there is no basis for doing so as I don't know what the question was.

 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Don't you have the quesion in the email? Oct 7, 2013

Hi Jack,
Maybe I misunderstood, but didn't you say you went to the question's KudoZ page using the link in the notification email? I think that email itself has the question, no?

Here is an example of KudoZ notifications I get:
New KudoZ question:
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Term: spindle
Languages: English to Hungarian
Field: Computers: Software
Level: professional
Asker: XXXX
URL: XXXX
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So, you can see the asked term, the language pair and the field.

Katalin


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Question is not in the email Oct 7, 2013

Katalin: I have everything that you have, including the URL, but not the text of the question itself, only the term. The URL only takes me to the uninformative page I described in my first post.

[Edited at 2013-10-07 08:46 GMT]


 

jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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Are there many squashed questions? Oct 7, 2013

if there are not many, why bother to even think about it?

In my language pair, there are 2 or 3 squashed questions in a year so it is not an issue at all.


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Yes, quite a few Oct 7, 2013

I am notified of Russian-English and all-English questions. I haven't kept a log of them, but I'd say there's probably about one a week in those two pairs taken together.

 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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The reason for squashing? Oct 7, 2013

Jack,
In my pairs most squashing occurs because the question is longer than 10 words, and/or contains multiple terms. These can be seen just by looking at what is in the "Term" field in the email.
Occasionally there are questions that are not term questions (such as "where to find info on tax issues in Japan"), which again, can be seen from the "Term" field.
That said, if you see something that is suspicious, you can always contact the moderators or site staff.
Katalin


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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More information could provide more undeerstanding Oct 8, 2013

This is really rather an academic question anyway, because it is very unlikely that I would ever dispute a colleague's decision to squash, but I have sometimes just been curious about the reason and wanted to more information, which I felt provision of the full question would provide.

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Example Nov 2, 2013

KudoZ question today 2nd Nov 2013.
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/5375992

The subject heading is "очень непонятный вопрос" - "a highly incomprehensible question".
Reason for squashing: asker advised to ask in forums.

OK, that might well be the best thing, but the asker is a very experienced ProZ user. I would like to be able to see what the highly incomprehensible question was and form my own opinion.


 


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