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Roland Nienerza  Identity Verified

Local time: 11:54
English to German
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I do not understand how these two venues interact Sep 30, 2010

This is where I am now - with information about interesting sessions or discussions.

http://www.proz.com/translation3?_click_=dmlydHVhbC1jb25mOm5hdi1tZW51

At the same time I am logged in to the Conference at

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This is where I am now - with information about interesting sessions or discussions.

http://www.proz.com/translation3?_click_=dmlydHVhbC1jb25mOm5hdi1tZW51

At the same time I am logged in to the Conference at

https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:1;F:US!100&ShowName=ProZ.com%20virtual%20conference%20for%20translators&UserName=Roland Nienerza &PreviousLoginCount=0&ForceProfileToBeFilledOut=0&DisplayItem=NULL&RandomValue=1285841920515

But I do not understand how the two interact.

Here on top are the announcements of the sessions. But I did not manage to enter any one of them.

I have to say that I really do not understand the arrangement.


Roland Nienerza
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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:54
Member (2005)
German to English
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I'm not alone - clarity needed next time Sep 30, 2010

Roland Nienerza wrote:
I have to say that I really do not understand the arrangement.
Roland Nienerza

That's my position also. The next virtual conference needs a simple consistent uniform way of finding out what is happening (events etc. with and without scheduled times), and going to the one of interest at the time. Example of wrong way: I discovered somewhere that virtual powwow XX is in chatroom YY of the virtual environment. So I go to the virtual environment - cannot see anything called "chatroom" - neither in the displayed texts, nor in the menus, Eventually discover that this is chat YY of networking lounge A or B, and I had to select the lounge, not a chatroom, from a menu!

Oliver


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:54
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Thanks Oliver Sep 30, 2010

Thanks to your advice I got to the medical pow-wow before it finished!

 

Peter Motte  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 11:54
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Problems Sep 30, 2010

It's not easy, a virtual conference.
It has quite some demands on bandwidth. Proz.com has often been a problem when it comes to speed, but now it's really bad. Especially if you also connect to Twitter, it's really really slow. Proz should take more precautions for something like this.
But there are also other things.
E.g: you can only have one chat session open at the same time.
As such, that's not illogical. If you're at a real conference, you can also only be at one place
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It's not easy, a virtual conference.
It has quite some demands on bandwidth. Proz.com has often been a problem when it comes to speed, but now it's really bad. Especially if you also connect to Twitter, it's really really slow. Proz should take more precautions for something like this.
But there are also other things.
E.g: you can only have one chat session open at the same time.
As such, that's not illogical. If you're at a real conference, you can also only be at one place at the same time.
But being at more than one place at the same time is one of the advantages of our virtual life.
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Peter Motte  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 11:54
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Advice Sep 30, 2010

Some piece of advice: if you want to check the boxes for LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Facebook, it might be the best to first log in to those services, and only after you have done that, check the boxes. It might save time and prevent your pc from blocking up.

 

Maria Michelfelder  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 11:54
Member (2008)
English to Swedish
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My first conference Sep 30, 2010

I just spend a couple of hours in the conference area and I loved it! I listened to good and informative panel discussions and interacted with some other attendees and visited some interesting vendor booths. Unfortunately, my work day is already coming to an end, so I had to leave. But I want to send a big thank you to ProZ! It was a really nice event to take part in!

 

Roland Nienerza  Identity Verified

Local time: 11:54
English to German
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I do not see a way to go to any of the events that are listet under "sessions" above - Sep 30, 2010

Oliver Walter wrote:

Roland Nienerza wrote:
I have to say that I really do not understand the arrangement.
Roland Nienerza

That's my position also. The next virtual conference needs a simple consistent uniform way of finding out what is happening (events etc. with and without scheduled times), and going to the one of interest at the time. Example of wrong way: I discovered somewhere that virtual powwow XX is in chatroom YY of the virtual environment. So I go to the virtual environment - cannot see anything called "chatroom" - neither in the displayed texts, nor in the menus, Eventually discover that this is chat YY of networking lounge A or B, and I had to select the lounge, not a chatroom, from a menu!

Oliver


Your are perfectly right. There should be only one site for the event. It cannot be that content is shown on two different sites that do not interact.

Here they are called sessions or meetings or events. In the Lounges there are Chats. I simply do not see anyway to get access to any of the events listed above.

On the main site for the conference, the top navigation bar is constantly disappearing behind the messages field.
This is so crammed and unwieldy that I am now closing all related sites and go about my business.

I judge this Virtual Conference - from my point of view - as a complete non-starter.

Roland Nienerza


 

Guilherme R Basilio  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 08:54
English to Portuguese
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Just arrived Sep 30, 2010

Peter Motte wrote: (...) I'm on twitter as PeterMotteTradu. I'm also At Facebook as Peter Motte.


For that matter: me twitter transcon_xl8 (the "professional" profile) and/or gdotb (the more informal one); Facebook: gdotb; Skype gdotbasilio

Peter Motte wrote: (...) I think running too many applications at the same time, won't work very well.


Try to set the Conference (and only) in one puter and the rest (email, twitter, fbook, browser, MSN etc.) in another: e.g. notebook & main puter, your machine & the confiscated (wink) wife or son/daughter notebook

Abçs.
g.

Guilherme R Basilio
www.transconsult.com.br
http://www.proz.com/profile/12489


 

Lee Andreae
Local time: 05:54
Greek to English
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Conference Schedule and Itinerary Please . . . Sep 30, 2010

Please excuse me if I seem a bit naive here, but this is my first experience with this program via ProZ and I'm finding that I have more questions than answers. So if some one would be kind enough to enlighten those of us that are in the learning mode, I know I'd certainly appreciate it. In addition, I've noticed time lines described in what normally would make sense GMT, but for those if us that are in a specific timezones, converting that so that we can schedule our time and be on time would h... See more
Please excuse me if I seem a bit naive here, but this is my first experience with this program via ProZ and I'm finding that I have more questions than answers. So if some one would be kind enough to enlighten those of us that are in the learning mode, I know I'd certainly appreciate it. In addition, I've noticed time lines described in what normally would make sense GMT, but for those if us that are in a specific timezones, converting that so that we can schedule our time and be on time would help if we are offered a DETAILED OUTLINE including date and time stamps, and the conversion process from the GMT to a specific timezone such as EST (Eastern Standard Time) as an example. Having a DETAILED outline, I believe would help a number of us to arrive on the same page with everyone else, especially those of us that are new to the event Thanks in advance . . .Collapse


 

Abdallah Saeed
Oman
Local time: 14:54
English to Arabic
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Great Day! Sep 30, 2010

It is my first time attend such virtual event. I am so impressed. thanks

 

swedlang  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 11:54
English to Swedish
It's about this virtual conference for freelancers (2010). Sep 30, 2010

EXCELLENT!

It's my first virtual conference and I am impressed and very, very thankful for having this possibility. This day is a big bit forward for me, and when this conference is finish I am going to summery it in whole:

What, begin with? How schedule the topic which actually are very important for me?


I am so glad about everything I have award and attend during this day.

Now, the day is very late, and it's time analyze the whole.
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EXCELLENT!

It's my first virtual conference and I am impressed and very, very thankful for having this possibility. This day is a big bit forward for me, and when this conference is finish I am going to summery it in whole:

What, begin with? How schedule the topic which actually are very important for me?


I am so glad about everything I have award and attend during this day.

Now, the day is very late, and it's time analyze the whole.

A great thank to PROZ and all the other Company presentation.

Siv Astrom, translator
siv@freel.se
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Lingopro  Identity Verified
Israel
Local time: 12:54
Hebrew to English
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Good conference... but the chat is way too chatty. Sep 30, 2010

A good conference in general, however, the chat windows were overcrowded, to the point of it being impossible to follow a sentence from start to finish, it kept jumping up with every new entry.
Functionality wise, this conference was better than last year's and I'm sure next year will outdo this one.
Chapeau, Proz.com!


 

Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:54
Member
Spanish to English
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Lost in (Cyber)Space Sep 30, 2010

You know, the most amusing thing was having all those people around wondering where to find the "rooms" they wanted to go to. At times, the "auditorium" sounded more like the information counter of a convention centre.

Maybe next time there should be a preliminary guide around the "venue". I made a quip about a seminar on how to attend virtual seminars and was surprised to find so many people who agreed.


 

Ltemes  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:54
English to Spanish
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Totally overwhelmed Sep 30, 2010

I was totally overwhelmed by the abundance of content and, in fact, I'm trying to find out how to get back to the darn conference to see if I can listen to at least one session from beginning to end. I found myself jumping from event to event, because I was worried I was somehow "missing out". In the end, this meant that I really didn't meet anyone. The chats, as others have said, where equally 'schizo' in that all I saw was people introducing themselves and then that was it, end of the conversa... See more
I was totally overwhelmed by the abundance of content and, in fact, I'm trying to find out how to get back to the darn conference to see if I can listen to at least one session from beginning to end. I found myself jumping from event to event, because I was worried I was somehow "missing out". In the end, this meant that I really didn't meet anyone. The chats, as others have said, where equally 'schizo' in that all I saw was people introducing themselves and then that was it, end of the conversation. I'm also totally bummed that at 6:00 pm EST it's all already over. How can that be? I had a full work day and participated about 20 minutes at lunch time and was hoping to now really jump in and participate and it's over now. I mentioned that in the post event survey. Somehow, things should stay open for those of us who work the full day and are located in the EST time zone (East Coast of the U.S.). For those in the PST time zone (West Coast of the U.S.) it probably was even worse given the time difference with GMT. In any case, I actually liked last year's conference better. It seemed more manageable. One thing I do want to know, is there a way to get back and check some of the discussions or sessions/presentations on our own time? Thanks for any tips. I also don't know who won the prizes and how that was done. I read the prize info. (I mean, hey, who doesn't want to win a prize, right?) and I was still confused. So, is there a listing of who won what? Thanks ProZ for doing such a huge effort, but maybe a bit too huge? I imagine I'm in the minority here with this opinion, but again, my feeling was one of being totally overwhelmed.

[Edited at 2010-09-30 22:23 GMT]

[Edited at 2010-09-30 22:24 GMT]
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Szymon Metkowski  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 11:54
Member
German to Polish
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prizes Sep 30, 2010

I cannot find the information when the prizes are to be drawn? Is there going to be a special announcement or should I look for some kind of list?

Thanks, Szymon


 
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