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Announcing ProZ.com "Articles Knowledgebase"
Thread poster: Henry Dotterer

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 06:22
SITE FOUNDER
Jun 23, 2005

With the goals of further enabling knowledge sharing, and providing resources for the education of clients and translators, ProZ.com built a "Howto" section in which members have been able to publish original tips and content related to the field, for review by others. While this has been a useful resource, and many excellent contributions have been made, the technical presentation was poor (our fault!) and as a result, the resource was under-utilized. Therefore, we have undertaken a complete reconstruction of the area. It has been renamed "Articles Knowledgebase" section.

The new "Articles Knowledgebase"
Community Knowledge Sharing

In this new section, it is our goal to aggregate a comprehensive and multilingual collection of articles. The body of articles will in turn form the basis of a more complete community "knowledgebase", complete with contributions and other additions from ProZ.com members.

In other words, the Articles Knowledgebase is designed to be more than just a searchable directory of articles. It is also a platform for collecting and presenting information obtained from our whole community. Among its unique characteristics:
- Articles can be discussed among members in the forums
- Platinum members with special knowledge in the field can add "contribution" posts that, when vetted, appear after an article
- In many cases article authors are ProZ.com members, so it is possible to correspond directly with them via profile mail
- Members can recommend interesting articles to others on a scale of 1 to 5
- Lists of the most popular articles are displayed.
- If you find the knowledgebase lacking, it is possible to suggest that an article be written on a certain topic (These are called "calls for articles")
- It is possible to browse calls for articles; please consider posting one under an area in which you have special expertise

Another Avenue for Promoting Your Business

Sharing knowledge is not our only goal in the Articles Knowledgebase. We also see this section as another means of offering our members unique forms of promotion. ProZ.com is the most-visited portal in the translation industry, and this makes it possible for us to offer a high level of exposure to those who contribute articles to this shared knowledgebase.

Authors may select one of two copyright options. If an author opts to assign ProZ.com shared copyright--and retain the right to publish elsewhere--we offer attribution and a link. If an author assigns copyright to ProZ.com--retaining the right only to publish the article on his/her own site--we offer a full promotional package that includes:
- An "author" box (with optional photo), specifying the author's services
- Display among featured authors
- Optional links to the author's profile, home page and business,
- 2000 Browniz (good for platinum discounts)
- Rotation among featured articles on the ProZ.com home page (platinum only)
- Miscellaneous other promotional benefits

We want your feedback

The new section is online now. We invite your feedback. When you have a moment, please browse the articles already collected. If you think of an article that should be there but is not, please suggest it. If you have written articles in the past and own the content, please consider posting them. If you read an interesting article and have something to add, give the "contributions" function a try.

Articles section: http://proz.com/translation-articles

After you have familiarized yourself with the knowledgebase, please let us know what you like and what you do not. Together we will build a resource that will improve our community and industry.

For more information on the new Articles knowledgebase, see the following:

Articles FAQ: http://proz.com/faq/articles


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xxxMihai Badea  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
Member (2004)
English to Romanian
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A great idea! Jun 23, 2005

This is what I like at Proz. Improving, improving, improving ...

The new section is very nice and works fine. And, it is indeed easier to find what you’re looking for.

Thanks!

Mihai


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:22
German to English
Please devote a section to PDF info Jun 23, 2005

This is a great idea! All the PDF information could be in one place. Perhaps it might reduce the number of repetitive inquiries.

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Momoka  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:22
Japanese to Spanish
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Articles Knowledgebase Jun 24, 2005

Helping us grow and growing together...great idea!

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 12:22
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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This is where I'll be spending my coffee breaks! Jun 24, 2005

Great idea!

And of course, they can be printed out for those evenings when there is nothing worth seeing on TV but you're tired of the computer screen...

Thanks, I'll be watching this space!


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xxxBrandis
Local time: 12:22
English to German
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And it is personalized too! Jun 24, 2005

Hi! Henry, Great work. especially the touches - See other articles and see the profile etc., the contributor still plays a central role in a collection a few thousand articles. Ver nice. Brandis
ps. I suggest a tab link in the personal profile, so that a potential outsourcer doesn´t miss anything. It is indeed there not as a tab but a leading link. Very nice

[Edited at 2005-06-24 12:14]

[Edited at 2005-06-24 18:52]


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 11:22
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ProZ Plus Jun 24, 2005

Well done - this is the type of site development that deserves a thumbs up.

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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 08:22
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Welcome new feature! Jun 26, 2005

It seems to be a very good idea. Let´s se how it works. Best wishes.

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Elena Matei
Local time: 13:22
English to Romanian
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Great interactivity Jun 27, 2005

Hi , Henry and a lot of thanks for improving the site , for me it is the interactivity which keeps me so in touch with the world of ProZ. The articles are a source of expressing opinions and sharing information , maybe a need of getting used to it ....I send an article but I am not sure you receive it....it was more imaginary, an introduction to a subject that I like so much...well is it possible to have a feedback from you ..
Thanks, Elena


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george008023
Local time: 19:22
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I like the idea! Jun 30, 2005

Great, it is a great idea to improve the site.Although I did not register, it helped a great deal. Yes, it is a good place to go when we feel tired or boring of the daily routine.
thanks
George


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Adrias  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 09:22
Portuguese to English
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Now it is visible! Jul 17, 2005

Yes, now this section with new name new way to be presented is visible! Iliked a lot the yesterday's article "Buildigng a Freelance Translation Office". I had translated in the past a lot. I had other profession and now I have just organized my home freelance translation office. So, I could check what I've done to what he suggests in the article. I liked it a lot. I will contact the author.
Adriana


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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 18:22
English to Indonesian
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A greatly helpful section in ProZ.com Aug 6, 2005

This section is really helpful to freelance translators. The authors share their excellent experience and ideas, and the readers learn how to be professional translators.

Thank you,


Hipyan Nopri


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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 08:22
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Where are "My Favorite Articles" gone?! Sep 24, 2005

Hi, Henry,

When you started this feature, I was courious. Later on, I became very interested. I even thought some of the articles I read were so useful that I saved them as "Favorites" for future and quick reference.

However, I noticed that that worked only for the day. I tried couple of times more, again and again, and I could see under "My favorites" only the articles I had JUST saved there.

Today, a new try - after I saved one article -I saw "My favorites list" with only one article, that one. Next, I cancelled this article from the list, and the whole "favorite" section dissapeared. Is there any way I can get may favorite articles back. Or should I go through the whole archive again, search and select and write links down on paper to be sure?

Hope you can help and fix the bug.
Thank you,

Walter


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Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 08:22
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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OK NOW! Dec 1, 2005

Walter Landesman wrote:

Hi, Henry,

When you started this feature, I was courious. Later on, I became very interested. I even thought some of the articles I read were so useful that I saved them as "Favorites" for future and quick reference.

However, I noticed that that worked only for the day. I tried couple of times more, again and again, and I could see under "My favorites" only the articles I had JUST saved there.

Today, a new try - after I saved one article -I saw "My favorites list" with only one article, that one. Next, I cancelled this article from the list, and the whole "favorite" section dissapeared. Is there any way I can get may favorite articles back. Or should I go through the whole archive again, search and select and write links down on paper to be sure?

Hope you can help and fix the bug.
Thank you,

Walter


I placed a support ticket.The issue has finally been addressed and corrected. It´s working fine now.
Thanks.


Walter


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Han Li  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 19:22
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It is a good place for my learning Dec 17, 2005

I can learn many thing on translation and enhance my experience.

Thank Proz for offering this good place.

Best regards,
Han Li


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