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  1. Directory: add different interpreting options (consecutive, simultaneous, liason) for directoy searches

    The main reason from being a professional member of Proz.com is to search professionals by different criteria on the Connect platform, which is a fairly complete application to search for translators but it doesn't help at all when looking for interpreters. We find that most translators also list interpreting as a service, and most have some experience in basic liaison interpreting but barely any are professional conference interpreters (mainly simultaneous), so the feature is useless for us when looking for interpreters for a conference (unless we were to have the time to read every CV from a list of hundreds…

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      planned  ·  8 comments  ·  Admin →
    • 81 votes
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        planned  ·  20 comments  ·  Admin →
      • Separate "Brazilian Portuguese" from "European Portuguese" in ProZ.com lists of languages

        Portuguese is the language of Portugal and many other countries in Africa and Asia.
        Brazilian Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, which is a continental country.

        76 votes
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        • Add payment processing (Proz Payoneer Card!) and accounting functionalities (invoices are great)

          It would be great to add a whole new functionality related to administrative and accounting tasks, which are so tedious for most of us translators.

          The new tool for sending invoices is great. I think that if you add the possibility to process payments, an escrow system and a Paypal Debit Card (you can make a partnership with Payoneer, such as Freelancer.com, Elance or similar sites), you would get much more members (for instance, I would paid for the membership).

          72 votes
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          • Term search: add option to sort KudoZ term search results alphabetically

            Right now if you look for an expression in Kudoz (more than one word) you cannot find it because they are not ordered alphabetically. I suggest, if feasible, to have them ordered alphabetically.

            56 votes
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              planned  ·  4 comments  ·  Admin →
            • Add option to receive payments from clients via the ProZ.com wallet

              I think it great idea to add a payment funtionality to the Proz.com wallet. It can be good solution for payments when the freelancer can´t accept the payment system of outsourcer.

              54 votes
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              • Enable use of browniz for attending couses and otherwise payble features

                Browniz show up very frequently at various places of translator's profile. However, even being so exposed to the viewer, they seem to be of no practical use to their owner whatsoever. I suggest to either give a substantial value to browniz, and therefore motivate members to be more active at the site contributing that way to it's quality, or just cancell the feature. This ay it doesn't seem to have much point.

                44 votes
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                • Offer a ProZ.com phone interpreting service

                  What about adding work possibilities adding a phone interpreting services (one to one or conference) using internet based phoning systems?
                  It could be very useful for may companies and an extra opportunity for all the proz interpreters...

                  40 votes
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                  • Allow providers to preview or download the actual material before quoting

                    Currently, when translators quote for a job, they cannot see the material on which they are supposed to work on, so they can't properly assess the difficulty of the job posted on Proz. I think that it is common sense to suggest a deadline and rate based upon the actual document(s), and not just the announced subject matter, which incidentally may not accurately match the actual document's content.

                    38 votes
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                    • Provide online arbitration services

                      It happens sometimes that an agency which does not understand the target language, trust a proofreader in bad faith (there are many), thus refuse to pay, if we had a 3rd party colleague chosen among the native specialized in field, I think we could be able to sort said sometimes very unpleasant situation,

                      31 votes
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                      • Invoicing: separate the "Description" field into customizable info fields

                        "Description" winds up being a big mish-mash of information: PO number, file name, delivery date, type of work, language combo, and so on. I'd like to be able to break that down into separate fields to make it easier to read, and easier for me to remember to include all relevant information.

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                        • PROZ.com to decrease membership cost for language pairs that are not among "main" languages

                          It is much harder to find job in languages other than English to French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and other often used language pairs, so the membership fee should be lower for translators in other languages, in accordance with percentage of jobs posted in that pair (for example, my pair is French-Serbian, and there are almost never job postings!)

                          25 votes
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                          • Glossaries: alpahabetic order of personal glossaries

                            Currently personal glossaries are listed according to the number of entries. For someone, who has published many dictionaries, searching with such an order is painful. I would suggest an alphabetic order of personal glossaries.

                            25 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                            • 24 votes
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                              • Allow grading of an outsourcer's screening practice and rates

                                A subsidiary of a very large and important global translation agency had the nerve of asking me to take an unpaid 19-page translation test amounting to a total of 3740 words (questions and other requirements not included) while at the same time offering me rates between USD 0.035 and 0.038.
                                I think that a BlueBoard feature that would allow rating a translation agency's screening/recruiting practice and rates offered would help us teach these very thick-skinned and opportunistic middlemen a lesson.

                                22 votes
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                                • to adress more end clients by advertising proz.com (and thus the community of freelancers) on international major fair trades

                                  Headline speaks for itself. Most members are pested by bottom feeder agencies making extraordinary profit by rock bottom rates. Therefore proz should make more efforts for its paying members to attract end clients. Advertising on trade fairs (like the German "Hannover Messe") could be one measure.

                                  20 votes
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                                  • Allow for images to be displayed in KudoZ questions and answers

                                    It would be very useful if Askers on the KudoZ section of ProZ could use links so that diagrams/images could be displayed directly, without the need to open links.
                                    See for instance the following case: http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english_to_romanian/aerospace_aviation_space/5296265-bellows_transfer_unit.html
                                    The asker posted the problematic phrase, but the only context he provided was an image of a diagram.

                                    20 votes
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                                    • Offer better discounts for early renewals.

                                      If you really want people to renew early you should offer better discounts.
                                      The chances of wining a "prize" in a draw are too slim to make it atractive.

                                      17 votes
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                                      • HELPING THE BEGINNERS

                                        hello
                                        am new at PROZ and didn't get any job yet, am on the free registration and frankly don't have money to change it
                                        so my idea is that you give the new members like me an opportunity to start up there work by giving them some works that can be shown on their profile so they get some attention
                                        thanks

                                        16 votes
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                                        • Ask members to register/re-register under their true full names. A professional site should not allow anonimity

                                          Allowing someone to register under a "code name" encourages less considered exchanges, or sometimes even rude ones. This is not appropriate for a professional site.

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