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  1. Faster support request response for Plus professional members

    Faster support request response for Plus professional members. Response times are still too long. Support requests from Plus professional members should be treated as a priority.

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    • Warning of fraudulent job offer

      I was contacted for a translation job for five days, the offer looked fishy from a lawyer's perspective, I am a lawyer.
      I made a quote and got the go-ahead with a "sweet" offer. I would get a cheque for double the amount of my fee and then would have to pay out part of the money to a third party - all docs can be provided.

      I had a similar experience in my job as a lawyer and lost quite a bit of money that way.
      Although I did not pay out any money to anybody cashing the forged…

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      • Drop down list for preferred method of payment on an invoice

        Option to select from a drop down list the preferred method of payment on an invoice since suppliers can pay by different methods. For example here would be a drop down showing your paypal, bank transfer or card transfer and you select one for the client to use to pay you.

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        • The procedure is needlessly complicated; too many steps, and too many requiring clicks. Use flat file approach highlighting pending entries.

          The procedure is needlessly complicated; too many steps, and too many requiring clicks. Better a flat file approach where pending entry boxes are highlighted and hovering over these opens an instruction/descriptive window. Many of the people I request feedback from "inexplicably" fail to do so and don't bother to act on my emailed "clarifications".

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          • change the standard setting to automatically add e-mail address and cv

            When creating the offer, I always want to add my cv and e-mail address; as the program is now, I need to tick those boxes every single time I send an offer as tehse are left blank, whilst all other boxes are automatically set.

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            • Make it compulsory for a "country" box to be ticked when posting a Kudoz question

              The country in which the source text originates plays a role in understanding, references, searches and therefore suggestions. This "detail" often comes up from searches made by those wishing to help. This is information that the poster obivously has and it can mean we bark up the wrong tree for a while, taking longer to track down useful information. This means that the Asker does not get as speedy a reply as he would otherwise get, but it also means that there are requests in the discussion box which need not be there. I also notice that on some occasions…

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              • Prohibit agencies from bidding on jobs designated for freelancers only

                As an LSP posting jobs we have the option of requesting bids from freelancers only or from both freelancers AND agencies. We typically request bids from freelancers only but are still inundated with responses from other agencies disguised behind their owner's freelance profile.
                I imagine that freelance profile must include every possible language combination so that they would get notified of all job postings and were allowed to bid on them. This is happening even if we limit the posting to the bidder's main language pair. Not sure how that is possible but, please, consider penalizing agencies who pose as…

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                • to make a project history separate link for each member

                  It will make much easier for a freelancer to provide to clients separate link with projects history, rather than link to profile only.

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                  • Linkedin: Add the Proz.com attended training onto it

                    Some training interfaces like Coursera deliver a certificate which can then be added onto our Linkedin profiles.

                    I believe it could be beneficial for the Linkedin users to be able to add their attended training onto their Linkedin account in a professional way (ie with an official Proz logo) so that potential customers can see their certificates/training performed.

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                    • Add more subtitling software options to choose from in the profile-page

                      Currently, there are few (or no!) pre-existing options in the profile page to choose from, concerning subtitling software that the translator is proficient in using. This is a big problem when searching for qualified translators in this field of translation.

                      A few suggestions for software would be EZTitles, Titlevision, SubtitleEdit, but I'm sure there are many others as well.

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                      • What about improving the invoicing area to be able to write off certain amounts

                        Normally, the amount received is less than the amount invoiced due to bank charges and any other causes. I would like to be able to write off the difference in order to have a realistic sum of the earnings and how much I must write off by client to have a realistic view of how much I charge per word.

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                        • Get rid of the limitation by Native Language. I can be as proficient in both languages.

                          It does not make sense to limit the native language to one language only. I can be as proficient in two languages. Mother tongue can belong to one country and having lived in a different country for over 20 years I can be as proficient in another language as well. I personally can switch from one to another on the fly without losing the train of thought. This is an impediment for your freelance members, which they cannot quote and the end customer will probably never understand the importance of "Native Language".

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                          • SDL Trados Studio - Getting Started Courses Available on the Weekends, please?

                            I would like for SDL Trados Studio - Getting Started Part 1 & 2 to be available on the weekends or even in the evenings (US Time). Since these are not recorded for later purchase, it makes it very hard for those of us who work during the day to attend.

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                            • delete Serbo-Croat as a language option since it does not exist !!!

                              This language was a political idea that does not exist anymore.

                              I don't see you have Czechoslovakian anymore, so why would this be any different? It has been over 25 years, it is about time to end it.

                              We have Croatian, and we have Serbian. End of story.

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                              • Add an indicator for sent invoices or "Open - invoice sent" under Status

                                This would save time as we need to open each open invoice individually to see if we sent the invoice. This request was submitted in 2010 and declined because the status function was supposed to address that aspect but it does not. An indicator, next to the due date for example, or a filter "Open - invoice sent" under "Status" would be very helpful.

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                                • Agency search: add option to search by city, not just country.

                                  Agency search: add option to search by city, not just country.

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                                  • Add 3 tabs to the interface to facilitate the management of search results

                                    When I work on a translation and search Kudoz, I find myself generally searching for results with a few specific language combinations:

                                    - My source language > My target language (e.g. English > Swedish)

                                    - My source language > A few specific languages closely related to my target language) (e.g. English > Swedish, Danish, German, Norwegian, Dutch)

                                    - My source language > All languages that I understand (e.g. English > Swedish, German, French, Spanish, etc.)

                                    - My source language > All languages

                                    When I switch between these different search modes, under the current design of the interface, I have to…

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                                    • Improve the location entry to allow for different bases, i.e France and UK

                                      It is possible for Europeans to have homes in different countries within the EU. If you enter one address in one country, job notifications are restricted to that country meaning you miss opportunities. It should be possible to enter different addresses, limited to,let's say 3 although 2 would probably be sufficient, or none.

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                                      • Allow autodidacts to find their place in this community

                                        There is a lot of competition on this website and this is a nightmare for self-taught translators because they don't happen to have a certificate proving their competences.

                                        Some outsourcers require years of experience for the posted jobs. Well, they should be aware of the fact that those experimented translators weren't experienced at the beginning.

                                        The bottom line is that autodidacts should be given a chance by, for instance, giving them a job for a lower standard rate in order for them to gain experience. That sounds fair.

                                        Thanks for listening..

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                                        • Oblige outsourcers to state a reason why (not) a bid was (not) accepted

                                          I have been in proz for several years now but I actually don't get any projects. I think this would help people in my situation to know what to expect and how to improve our bids. I know some people who actually stopped using proz due to this reason.

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