"Native in: Multiplelanguages" recorded in a profile (Staff: fixed)
Thread poster: Sheila Wilson

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 19:58
Member (2007)
English
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Mar 3, 2013

I thought the "Native language" field was supposed to be for displaying information about a real language. Two real languages are allowed on the profile - that's the maximum. But now I see a profile with "Multiplelanguages" as the one and only native language.

Request to staff: would you please let me know what this is all about? Is it new or have I simply never come across it before? What are the implications for site activity e.g. being eligible for "native speakers only" job postings?

Question to other site members: do you see any sense in this? What would it mean to a client?


 

juliette_K  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:58
French to Italian
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Lol Mar 3, 2013

I should really have a look at this...

(Hi Sheila!)
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juliette_K  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:58
French to Italian
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Oops Mar 3, 2013

http://www.proz.com/freelance-translators/multiplelanguages-to-french/

EDIT, I guess it's intended for agencies (or should be), but I must admit that I really find it weird.

[Edited at 2013-03-04 00:53 GMT]


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:58
Hebrew to English
Oh this is precious Mar 4, 2013

I can't wait to hear the justification for this atrocity.....

 

Lucia Leszinsky
SITE STAFF
Staff is looking into it Mar 4, 2013

Hello all,

Thanks Sheila for bringing this to my attention. It looks like the native language reported in the profile that you visited is not displaying correctly. Staff is looking into it now.

Kind regards,

Lucia


 

Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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French to Italian
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A native in multiple languages never... Mar 4, 2013

Sheila Wilson wrote:
Question to other site members: do you see any sense in this? What would it mean to a client?


But I remember longtime ago (2006 if I am not wrong) I saw a native speaker of "Latin" (a dead language). I remember I reported it to the former mods.



[Edited at 2013-03-04 13:31 GMT]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 20:58
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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It is a language Mar 4, 2013

Sheila Wilson wrote:
But now I see a profile with "Multiplelanguages" as the one and only native language.


Well, if you try to add a new language to your profile page, you'll notice that one of the languages you can add is "Multiplelanguages". Someone found this and thought that that was what it was intended for. The problem (for the poor profile owner) is that this will not help him, because he'll be excluded from practically every language related site notification.


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 19:58
Member (2007)
English
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TOPIC STARTER
ProZ.com needs one profile per person Mar 4, 2013

juliette_K wrote:
I guess it's intended for agencies (or should be), but I must admit that I really find it weird.

You could be right there. The problem here is that, although an agency has a company-type profile, it also has a "primary profile" which looks just the same as ours but often lists 2 native languages and vast numbers of language pairs and credentials of all sorts - clearly this doesn't relate to one person. For me, the standard ProZ.com profile must be for one person, and one person only. Linked to it could be a different, joint profile as appropriate: for a company, a team of collaborators, a married couple... Otherwise, what sense is there in the profile?


 


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