A new forum rule has been added:
11 Use designated areas of the site. Forums should not be used for issues that have dedicated areas in the site.
This new rule fills a gap, as we have been consistently deleting or hiding forum threads that were posted in forums by mistake. The most obvious example were the terminology questions "how do you translate xxx into French?" but there were also many other issues in our forums that belonged somewhere else.
A FAQ http://www.proz.com/faq/forums#forums_scope was modified to make this more clear:
13 What types of things can be posted?
The ProZ.com forums are provided for discussions related to the fields of translation and interpretation, to ProZ.com, or to the ProZ.com community. They are not provided for other purposes. A more complete definition of the scope of the forums is posted here
Forum rule 11 states that the forums should not be used to post issues that have dedicated areas in the site. In particular:
Terminology help belongs in the KudoZ area
Job announcements and opportunities should be posted in the Job areas
Peer-to-peer exchanges of goods and services should go to the Exchange
Feedback on outsourcers should be posted in the Blue Board if the conditions stated in the corresponding rules are met.
Feedback on freelancers can be posted in the corresponding WWA fields in their profiles
Questions or complaints concerning site abuse, moderator or administrative actions should be directed to the Support system
In case of doubt, please submit a Support ticket or contact the moderator
This is part off a process to improve communications, the next step will be to improve the messages used by moderators to communicate with site users when actions are taken in the forums (for instance moving a thread from a forum to another).