'You are featured' with one lang.combo?
Thread poster: PCovs

PCovs
Denmark
Local time: 13:17
Member (2003)
English to Danish
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Mar 9, 2006

I think the 'Featured' thing is good, but it is only for our own amusement as long as there is no language combination mentioned!

I have thought about changing my 'motto' if you like to my language combination, but I would really like to keep my 'motto', so could we have a choice to pick perhaps just one language combination to be displayed?

I believe we might just benefit from this, but as it is now, I am not sure customers would click on a profile not showing languages - too time consuming when you're after specific combinations.

Does this sound totally out of place, or does anyone agree?


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Joanna Borowska  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 13:17
English to Polish
Totally agree! Mar 9, 2006

Language pairs should definitely be shown as well. Otherwise the whole thing is like you say, for our own amusement. However, I realize that choosing one pair only may be problematic to some translators. So perhaps make it 3? Anyway, something should definitely be done about it. Thanks for bringing this up

Joanna


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PCovs
Denmark
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English to Danish
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The more, the better Mar 9, 2006

I agree, Joanna, I just wanted to keep the space consuming to a minimum suggesting only one combination, but perhaps a couple of combinations could be fitted in, which would make 'Featured' even better!
Thanks.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Agree Mar 9, 2006

This hadn't crossed my mind, but it's a very good point (although whether our 15 minutes of fame really makes any difference to the number of visitors to our profile is a moot point!)
To make space, the "member since" bit could be dropped - I can't imagine that this is of much interest to our hypothetical visitor anyway.


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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
Poland
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English to Polish
You're right! Mar 9, 2006

I agree completely with my colleagues. Language pair(s) should definitely be shown! BTW, I have observed that being featured really does increase the number of visits to one's profile. Whether it has any impact on the number of job offers, well... that's another matter
Regards,
Agnieszka


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Agree all the way Mar 9, 2006

Yes! Let's make this change happen!

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Germany
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Related discussion in January Mar 9, 2006

We had a related discussion about the Featured Member function a while ago:

http://www.proz.com/topic/40875

Including the language combinations is maybe suitable for colleagues who offer just a few language combinations, but what about the agencies, offices, outsourcers etc.?

Also, we need to have in mind that any outsources who by chance sees this featured member (with or without language combinations) also wants to know about the translator's working fields - but due to space limitations in the current format there is no realistic chance to include that information as well.

Erik

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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 13:17
Member (2005)
English to Polish
Referring to what Erik has said... Mar 9, 2006

... I think that info about the featured person's working fields is secondary if compared to info about language combinations. IMHO it's the latter that matters most.
As to multiple combinations (agencies, but not only), a device might be applied, automatically stating "multiple lang. comb." (or sth close to that) if the are more than... (3? 4? tbd) combinations declared in the profile of a given person (agency?).

Agnieszka


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 06:17
Spanish to English
I agree Mar 9, 2006

I brought this point up a long time ago but there was no response. The feature is not much use without more information. May be it would be possible for outsourcers and agencies to have another type of feature?

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 13:17
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I changed my motto Mar 10, 2006

I decided to change my motto to:
Danish to English, accurate and readable.

I couldn't think of a really good motto otherwise, and dedication, 'I love translating' and the usual combinations of cheap/fast/accurate/specialist in whatever ... do not feel more like 'me' than so many others.

By mentioning my main pair I try to draw attention to the fact that although I do take on a few jobs in other pairs, this is where I specialise. I am simply not able to cover specialist subjects in other pairs, and it is best for clients to find someone else. I have plenty to do in Danish to English anyway.

IMHO a language pair would definitely lift the feature from fun to possibly useful.

Subject areas are shown in the directories, and most people go for language pairs first.

But the 15 minutes of fame a couple of times a year are not really important in catching clients. The right keywords in the directories and a good profile... But I admit, I often click on the 'featured translator' just out of interest - especially if the name suggests someone who works in any of 'my' languages.

So using a revealing name is an indication - things that suggest universal abilities give a different message. The way I spell my second name is also a hint to some people.

There are ways of working around it, but I agree that showing a language pair would be useful.



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