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Spam-quality German emails from Proz? Please don't!
Thread poster: Claudia Krysztofiak

Claudia Krysztofiak  Identity Verified
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Jun 3, 2015

Yesterday I received an invitation from Proz for an upcoming training session. It sounded like it was meant to be German, but honestly, as a member of a website for translation professionals dedicated to high quality and good style, I am really very very ashamed of what Proz put into my mailbox, pretending to be German:

* Zutritt zu der Online Workshop mit einer Fragen & Antworten Möglichkeit,
* Unbegrenzter Zugriff zu der Videoaufnahme der Session,
* Ein Zertifikat.

Versäumen Sie nicht die Möglichkeit mehr von der Website zu bekommen!
Freundliche Grüße,
Das Training Team

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Searching through the forums I found something similar must have happened in 2012, where members assumed the text was machine translated.

Dear Proz team,
I really would like to know, what this is about? Did something go wrong or is it simply a matter of too few German professional translators having free resources to translate and proofread texts for Proz as a client?
If a text was not translated and proofread thoroughly, PLEASE, DO NOT SEND IT!

I really do not wish to receive spam-quality "German" texts from my favorite community and networking website for professional translators.

So what went wrong, and what can be done about it?


Helen Shepelenko
Thank you for reporting the issue Jun 3, 2015

Hi Claudia,

Thanks for reporting this.

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused by the fact that the wrong localized message was used. Let me confirm here that appropriate action will be taken.

My bests,

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