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What happened to ProZ.com term search?
Thread poster: Elizabeth Tamblin

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:16
Member (2012)
French to English
May 6, 2016

I entered a phrase, and got no results. I had to press "Go back to the old term search" and type in the phrase again, and then the suggestions came up.

Is this a new system that's been introduced or have I entered some kind of parallel universe?


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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very, very annoying May 6, 2016

This has been like this for a long time now: the two systems are different, and it is always necessary to check both. This is very, very annoying, and I hope someone from Proz is monitoring this thread.

MJWB


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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Easier to Google for KudoZ answers than to use term search May 6, 2016

I find that often searching with ProZ term search comes up with nothing, but Googling what I'm searching for and including the word "KudoZ" shows it was there all along. I wasn't aware that the old term search was sometimes more efficient, but I'd rather use Google than waste time on two different ProZ term searches.

Also very annoying is that when you post a question the second screen usually gives a long list of what it claims is relevant KudoZ answers. These can only be checked (very slowly) one at a time, so I've never looked at more than the first two. As they were always totally irrelevant to my question, I now ignore the list, rather than waste my time.


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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Ditto May 7, 2016

I agree with and support the concerns raised above, and I have experienced the issues described.

Most annoying indeed, especially when the clock is ticking down on a job with an urgent deadline.


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Claudia Cherici  Identity Verified
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Hate the new system May 8, 2016

The new search tool is rubbish, IMHO. I always choose to go back to the old one, and yes, it's a waste of (precious little) time

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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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I thought it was just me! May 8, 2016

I've had those problems too this week, and like B D Finch, found it easier to look for KudoZ answers via Google. Hope it can be fixed soon!

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Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
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Me too May 8, 2016

Thought it was just me too. AS B.D. Finch said, I just google and see if anything coes up but when I am about to ask, I am presented with a whole list of 'possibles' none of which are relevant, so I join the chorus in wishing this could be fixed. And thanks to Topic Poster.

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Tom in London
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deleted May 8, 2016

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[Edited at 2016-05-08 14:24 GMT]


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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So annoying... May 9, 2016

I also thought, "what's going on here". Not any phrase I typed in, would come up with a search. I have already sent this issue to the support team, and they have told me that they know there is something wrong, and that the developpers are working to solve it. First they said it would take them 2-3 days, tomorrow will be one week.

I'm so frustrated because I cannot look for complete phrases or compound nouns I know they exist in their dictionaries. I have had to make use of Linguee this week.


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Georgie Scott  Identity Verified
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Browsing answers May 9, 2016

I wonder why they would remove the part that tells you how many suggested answers there were.

That was the handiest bit.


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Tom in London
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Linguee May 9, 2016

Cristina Heraud-van Tol wrote:

I have had to make use of Linguee this week.


Linguee is one of a number of much better online sources. I only resort to trawling through the Kudoz directory when all my other resources let me down.


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Rebecca Davis  Identity Verified
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Same issue May 9, 2016

Would someone from ProZ please explain how we can just automatically default back to the old term search, and get rid of this useless "new! one altogether?

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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
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Make a note May 10, 2016

I, too, have wasted a lot of time seeking answers in Kudoz recently. Finally I switched back to the old version, which I do not like. In any case, since ProZ.com appears to know there is a problem, why don't they simply make an announcement on the faulty page? "This page is being reconstructed. Please use the other KudoZ."

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Richard Hill  Identity Verified
Mexico
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What a pain! May 10, 2016

I sent a support request about this the other day after noticing, last week, that the old term search is no longer the default search. I use Intelliweb search which used to take me directly to the old term search but now it's necessary to "go back to the old term search" and retype or copy and paste.

Perhaps they could give us the choice of which term search to use by default; old or new.

[Edited at 2016-05-10 16:57 GMT]


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cquest  Identity Verified
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Same here May 20, 2016

I thought there was a temporary bug, but it seems that the efficiency of the ProZ term search has been dramatically decreased for some time.

I have tried all possible options (ticking all the boxes, using quotation marks etc.) - all in vain.

What's more frustrating, I just renewed my membership in March.

Any chances of bringing back the tool to life?

[Edited at 2016-05-20 13:56 GMT]


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