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ProZ.com Newsletter: June 2008

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(1) Welcome, new members!
(2) Sharing - the way to succeed
(3) Conference in Córdoba, Argentina on 16 August
(4) Conference in Montevideo, 23-24 August
(5) Conference in Santiago, 30 August
(6) Conference in Bologna, Italy on 17 and 18 October
(7) Conference in Barcelona on 25 October
(8) Contest #7 ("Sports") - last chance to pick the winners
(9) Free file storage of TMs / glossaries for members
(10) Outsourcers: Connect more quickly with your own translators
(11) Do you charge extra for weekend jobs?
(12) Upcoming powwows: Montreal, Nîmes, Warszawa, New York...
(13) Poll: Use of client feedback ("WWA") on the increase
(14) ProZ.com now the leading source for translator training


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(1) Welcome, new members!
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On behalf of the community, we on the site staff would like to extend a warm welcome to the many translators around the world who accepted the invitation of the "mid-year" campaign to join as full paying members of the ProZ.com community.

In the early days of the site, fewer than ten percent of site users were paying member of the community. This meant that one person was subsidizing use of the site for nine others. In contrast, today nearly half of logged in visitors are members... and in forums, job postings, etc., the percentage of participants who are members is even higher. This has made it much easier to invest in promotion and development, and as a result, more clients visit the site, more offline events and activities are organized, servers are state-of-the-art and support and development are quicker and more comprehensive.

The benefits of all of this are directed first and foremost to members, in appreciation of their having made it all possible. This makes it a great investment and explains the high satisfaction rate and return on investment among members.

New members, as you collaborate with each other to mutual advantage, and as you network and market your services in the community, we on the site staff look forward to further supporting you in line with our mission to "provide tools and opportunities for you to network, expand your business, do better work and have more fun".

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and the rest of the community get more out of your investment in ProZ.com membership.

Please use the online support system to contact us with requests or ideas: http://www.proz.com/support

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(2) Sharing - the way to succeed
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If you have been in the industry for a while, you may remember the days when translation tended to be a solitary pursuit. A recent exchange shows just how interconnected we have become...

Member Eleni Makantani, writing from Greece, shared a tip in the ProZ.com forums earlier this month on how to toggle a block of text from uppercase to lowercase, or to first-letter caps. In addition to eliciting a host of enthusiastic thank you's, Eleni's post prompted others to share useful tips of their own. See: http://www.proz.com/topic/107851

Eleni's source for the tip was Corinne McKay's "Thoughts On Translation" blog: http://thoughtsontranslation.com This is a great blog, so check it out. ( While you are there, be sure to read Corinne's description of her treadmill desk! http://thoughtsontranslation.com/2008/05/07/a-hamster-wheel-with-e-mail-the-treadmill-desk )

This is the kind of sharing that is happening all over the web today, and it is great, because when translators take the time to share tips, we all get ahead.

So thanks, Eleni, Corinne, Jamie, and everyone else who joined in with tips, for being "sharers". The future belongs to those who collaborate!

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(3) Conference in Córdoba, Argentina on 16 August
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A one-day ProZ.com event will be held on 16 August in Córdoba, Argentina.

Speakers include Claudia Aguirre, Manuel Ramiro Valderrama and Xosé Castro Roig. Over 100 ProZ.com translators will be in attendance. A student discount is available.

For details, and to register, see: http://www.proz.com/conference/37



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(4) Conference in Montevideo, 23-24 August
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A ProZ.com conference will be held 23-24 August in Montevideo, Uruguay. The theme is "Construyendo puentes hacia el mundo", or "Building bridges to the world".

Organizer Fabio Descalzi's 2-day program is packed with great content from 16 speakers. Over 100 ProZ.com translators, from 10 countries, have already registered. A student discount is available.

For details, and to register, see: http://www.proz.com/conference/23

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(5) Conference in Santiago, 30 August
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A one-day ProZ.com conference will be held on 30 August in Santiago, Chile.

The venue is the Auditorio de la Facultad de Letras de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. For a list of speakers, sponsors, participants and vendors, see http://www.proz.com/conference/46

Nearly 60 translators have registered so far. A student discount is available.

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(6) Conference in Bologna, Italy on 17 and 18 October
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A ProZ.com conference will be held in October in Bologna, Italy.

Organizer Bruno Ciola has lined up a series of presentations from nine speakers for Friday the 17th. On Saturday, there will be three workshops. (Two are already full.)

Register now, for either or both days, to reserve your spot. 125 ProZians are already scheduled to attend and space is limited. See: http://www.proz.com/conference/58

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(7) Conference in Barcelona on 25 October
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A ProZ.com conference will be held on Saturday, 25 October at the Hotel Cataluña Duques de Bergara in Barcelona. This will be the first ProZ.com conference ever held in Spain.

Organizer Patricia de Gispert will be joined on the one-day program--a "celebration of the Spanish language"--by Amparo Alcina, Manuel Ramiro Valderrama and Xosé Castro Roig.

Register now to reserve your spot at the early bird price. 112 ProZians are already scheduled to attend, and space is limited. See: http://www.proz.com/conference/49

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(8) Contest #7 ("Sports") - last chance to help pick the winners
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Final round voting is now underway in ProZ.com's 7th translation contest. The theme is "Sports". Site users are invited to help select the winners, for announcement Tuesday. To review submissions and cast your vote, go to: http://www.proz.com/contests

Notable in this round were improvements to the qualification process, which seems to have helped ensure that the top entries make it to the finals. Also, reviewers are now able to post "like" and "dislike" tags, as a means of providing useful feedback to contestants.

The next round of the contest will be the community's first "annual" contest. (The first 7 contests will be regarded as "quarterly" ones.). A number of prizes will be featured in the annual contest including a trip to a ProZ.com conference for one of the winners.

To be notified when the next contests opens, be sure to subscribe to notifications from the main contest page: http://www.proz.com/contests

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(9) File storage for TMs and glossaries now included with membership
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A new feature has been released to assist in the handling of translation memories, glossaries and other files. This feature provides a way for site members to quickly and securely upload and save a number of files for their own personal use.

For now, consider using this as a simple way to back up small to mid-sized linguistic files and make them available to yourself from multiple places. The cost of the service is included in your membership fee. (For a more complete solution, consider the online backup service offered by ProZ.com advertising partner Memopal: http://www.memopal.com )

Later, the ability to selectively grant access to the files to others will be added. This will make it easier for those who share language assets with others at ProZ.com (outsourcers, for example) to organize the work.

Select "My files" under the "My ProZ.com" menu item to learn more about this new feature.

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(10) Translation outsourcers: Connect with your own translators more efficiently
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The ProZ.com "Connect" team has been preparing a tool designed to help translation companies outsource work more efficiently to translators with whom they are already working.

Now, a beta version of the system is ready for release. Use of the system will be included free with corporate membership.

If you are a corporate member interested in testing the system, please send an email to staff member Andre, at 'andre at proz.com'

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(11) Do you charge extra for weekend work?
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Many freelance translators don't work weekends. But among those who do, a large number don't charge extra. In fact, in a recent quick poll on the subject, proposed by member LauraDK, a full 71.4% of nearly 2000 respondents said they don't charge extra for jobs that require work over a weekend. Comments:

- "I don't... but I should..." said Carla Guerreiro.

- "I work best on weekends, less distraction... I can kick back any other day of the week or any time I want." wrote Henry Hinds.

- Paul Lambert explained, "...whenever I am asked on a Friday afternoon for a Monday morning delivery, I try to negotiate for Tuesday"

What is your opinion? Join the discussion at http://www.proz.com/topic/107788

And by the way, have your rates kept up with inflation? Use the online rates calculator to help determine what you need to charge to earn both "bread and holidays", after costs, over the next year. http://www.proz.com/rates_calculator

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(12) Upcoming powwows: Montreal, Nîmes, Warszawa, New York...
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Powwows are free, informal gatherings organized by and for translators in a given area. If you have not been to one, consider attending one of the following:

July
3: Montreal (19 members) http://proz.com/pw/1916
5: Nîmes, France (10) http://proz.com/pw/1985
5: Warszawa (8) http://proz.com/pw/2048
12: Louisville, US (5) http://proz.com/pw/1771
13: New York City (15) http://proz.com/pw/1963
13: Mariupol, Ukraine (4) http://proz.com/pw/2042
19: Ciudad de México (34) http://proz.com/pw/1964
19: Louisville, US (1) http://proz.com/pw/2024
19: Nottingham, UK (6) http://proz.com/pw/2023
20: Alicante, Spain (7) http://proz.com/pw/2018
26: Tokyo, Japan (10) http://proz.com/pw/2032
27: Vienna, Austria (17) http://proz.com/pw/1991

August
9: Brasilia, Brazil (6) http://proz.com/pw/2017
20: Abu Dhabi, UAE (6) http://proz.com/pw/1975
21: Høybråten..., Norway (20) http://proz.com/pw/1906
30: London (1) http://proz.com/pw/2033
30: Lancaster, PA, US (3) http://proz.com/pw/1988

For more information, to sign up, or to propose a powwow in your area, go to: http://www.proz.com/powwows

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(13) Client feedback ("WWA") increasingly used for marketing purposes
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Today's quick poll suggests that client feedback, obtained via ProZ.com's WWA ("willingness to work again") system, is increasingly being used by translators as an effective marketing tool. Over 9000 ProZ.com translators have now opted to make use of the voluntary WWA feedback system. See: http://www.proz.com/?sp=polls&poll_id=5497&action=results&sp_mode=past

If you have not reviewed the possibility of obtaining positive feedback from clients and displaying it in your profile, go to http://www.proz.com/wwa for more information, and usage instructions.

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(14) ProZ.com trainings - now the leading source for translator training
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Did you know that ProZ.com trainings, announced just last year, are now the leading source of training for translators worldwide? In June alone, 15 training sessions are scheduled in 10 countries. Online trainings are also now available. See: http://www.proz.com/translator_training

The initial focus of the ProZ.com training facilitation program has been in the area that the greatest need was expressed by members: CAT / TM tools. Going forward, expect to see diversification to field-specific topics, business matters, and other areas.

If you are an experienced trainer who would be interested in offering training via ProZ.com, contact Leonardo by email to 'leonardo at ProZ.com'.

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