subscribing to LANTRA-L
Thread poster: karen henry

karen henry  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:51
French to English
Mar 8, 2012

I've just started up as a translator and have recently subscribed to LANTRA-L. To start with I received a few mails, and then nothing at all. I've tried sending messages to LISTSERV as recommended, and I've also sent a mail to the list owners to no avail. I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before. I'd also like to subscribe to a few other mail lists if anyone could recommend some please.

Thanks for any advice


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Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 07:51
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Scam? Mar 8, 2012

Karen, there has been a lot of discussion recently in the 'Scams' thread about supposed job-finding services, I don't know if this is what you have here, but if so, then you may need to be wary. I would certainly advise you to take a look at the 'scams' thread, definitely before subscribing to any other such organizations, and if necessary, report this one so that others can benefit from your experience.

http://www.proz.com/forum/scams-946.html

I hope you won't mind if I say that people in your position, i.e. just starting out, are particularly vulnerable to many of these scams, as naturally one is eager to get hold of new contacts and jobs as quickly and easily as possible.

I would recommend you, and others in your position, to take a good in-depth look at all the educational information available on ProZ.com about how to recognize and avoid scams.

[Modifié le 2012-03-08 13:19 GMT]


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:51
German to English
Lantra-L not a scam Mar 8, 2012

Lantra-L has been around for a long time. I unsubscribed long ago because some of the members were really rude. There's enough incivility in the world without having to look for it online.

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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Local time: 06:51
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Not a scam Mar 8, 2012

Tony M wrote:

Karen, there has been a lot of discussion recently in the 'Scams' thread about supposed job-finding services, I don't know if this is what you have here, but if so, then you may need to be wary. I would certainly advise you to take a look at the 'scams' thread, definitely before subscribing to any other such organizations, and if necessary, report this one so that others can benefit from your experience.


Tony, I know you mean well, but you could have looked LANTRA-L up first - it has been around for years and is just a Usenet mailing list.

Karen, in general I'd recommend joining your national translators' association (which I guess for you is the SFT?), working towards qualified membership if it's available. Most associations have mailing lists for translators - the ITI here in the UK has various networks based on language and specialist interests. The SFT certainly has networks and email lists.


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Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 07:51
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Angela Dickson wrote:

Tony, I know you mean well, but you could have looked LANTRA-L up first - it has been around for years and is just a Usenet mailing list.


Well, I don't see why I should have to go and look it up, Karen might have given us that little bit of extra information in the first place...

However, since Karen has mentioned just starting out, and the thought of 'subscribing' to various things, I don't think an additional scam warning can do any harm — from the number of people who get caught by these things, it appears that the word needs spreading, and hopefully anyone reading this thread will at least have been made aware of the possibility.

Karen, I'm glad you haven't been scammed! And do keep a weather eye out for other scams in the future


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karen henry  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:51
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LANTRA-L Mar 8, 2012

Tony M wrote:

Karen, there has been a lot of discussion recently in the 'Scams' thread about supposed job-finding services, I don't know if this is what you have here, but if so, then you may need to be wary. I would certainly advise you to take a look at the 'scams' thread, definitely before subscribing to any other such organizations, and if necessary, report this one so that others can benefit from your experience.


Sorry Tony, I naïvely assumed everyone had heard of LANTRA! Thanks for your thoughtful advice. I've subscribed to ProZ.com scam alert center as I am aware of these practices, and you're right that the more people talk about it the less people will fall into the trap of scams.

Karen, in general I'd recommend joining your national translators' association (which I guess for you is the SFT?), working towards qualified membership if it's available. Most associations have mailing lists for translators - the ITI here in the UK has various networks based on language and specialist interests. The SFT certainly has networks and email lists.


Thanks Angela,

I am aware of the SFT and fully intend joining when I have become a bit more established, and I'll certainly get in contact with the ITI. However, I still don't know why I'm not getting mail from LANTRA!?


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