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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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like it Feb 1, 2014

I enjoy it, no improvements needed, just keep doing it!

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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So do I. Feb 1, 2014

Perhaps some articles on a more advanced level should be introduced-- from various linguistic journals.

 

David Hayes  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 11:59
Member (2009)
French to English
More advanced Feb 1, 2014

I never read this column because it only seems to contain summaries of general stories readily available on the Internet. I would like it to point me in the direction of more specialized translation news.

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes, you are right. The news are interesting but Feb 1, 2014

they seem like linguistics 101, or even just some preparatory course level. I would like to see more articles on an academic level.

 

Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:59
English to Spanish
Make the "News flagged by" page more credible and pleasant Feb 1, 2014

It is like ProZ is trying to make itself noticeable and relevant using somebody else's articles.

Honestly, I do not think anybody is interested in knowing who is flagging the news on the ProZ site.

It is very misleading. The comments are copied from the original writing, but ProZ makes it look like the person "flagging" the news is the author of the article quoted.

The photo of the ProZ employee / volunteer / moderator / whoever announcing the news makes the whole thing even more misleading and less appealing.

I do not know, but I find that particular page unpleasant.

Summing up, get rid of:
1) The phrase "Story flagged by"
2) The name of the person flagging the news
3) The photo of the person flagging the news

[Edited at 2014-02-01 23:10 GMT]


 

Carl Carter
Germany
Local time: 11:59
German to English
It's basically fine as it is Feb 3, 2014

Hi Maria,

I've been following your daily "pick of the news" section for the last few months now and find it very good. I scan the titles and first few lines of each item of news and click on the links to the original sites if I want to read on. The way you present the information is fine from my point of view. I also like the general, international approach. In fact, I'd be rather disappointed if the focus were changed to an academic one as that would be a different thing altogether.

I don't really think it's necessary to say who flagged each piece of news, but if you all want to keep that idea, then I'd prefer that kind of supplementary information to be put at the end of the section or piece of news rather than being put in a prominent position at the beginning. You could even put it in brackets because it's only of secondary importance. If you leave it at the beginning, it makes readers think that that's the person who wrote the piece, just like in a newspaper or an article, so it can be a bit misleading (as Miguel has said).

David said he'd like to see some pointers to other more specific news included, which would also be a good idea. But for me personally, Proz's news summaries usually provide enough reading material for me before my working day starts (I read them in digest form when I go through the new e-mails in my inbox each morning).

Keep up the good work! I like what you're doing and it also helps me get ideas for subjects to discuss on my own translation blog.

Best,

Carl



[Edited at 2014-02-03 10:36 GMT]


 

Maria Kopnitsky  Identity Verified
United States
Member (2011)
Bengali to Chamorro
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Thanks for your feedback! Feb 3, 2014

Hello everyone,

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions. I'll be keeping these ideas in mind as changes to this section are discussed.

For those of you who mentioned including articles that are "more specialized" or at a "more advanced level", if you could point me in the direction of any news sources that would feature this kind of content, I'd appreciate it.

If there's anything else you'd like to add about improving Translation News, feel free to post your ideas here or email them to me directly at mariak@proz.com

Thanks again.

Best regards,

Maria


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:59
Russian to English
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Yes, sure, like any linguistic journal. Feb 3, 2014

I like the news you find for us, but I would like to see something more advanced, meaning related to what's going on in the field of semantics, or phonology, or even language reconstruction. At least sometimes--it would be nice to se something like that. Or, new trends in the English punctuation.

[Edited at 2014-02-03 18:30 GMT]


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 11:59
English to Polish
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Trend research Feb 3, 2014

Some sort of translation industry sociology, staying on top of trends and keeping track of them.

But cool linguistic tidbits are fine as well.


 


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