Proz on Linkedin
Thread poster: Robert Rietvelt

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Dec 27, 2018

Anybody visited Proz on Linkedin lately? What has happened with this group? I thought it was a discussion platform for profesional linguists, just like this forum, but it looks more like a bin for unsollicited adds and junkmail.

Just for the fun of it, have a look at the Group rules, specifically rule numer 1 and 3. Are all the moderators sleeping?


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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URL? Dec 27, 2018

Robert Rietvelt wrote:
Anybody visited ProZ.com on LinkedIn lately? What has happened with this group?


I find no group for ProZ.com. There is a company profile, though. What is the URL of the group you're referring to?


 

Eva Stoppa  Identity Verified
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It is called "Professional translators and interpreters" Dec 27, 2018

If you search for something like this in the groups section, you may find the group. I think the name "proz" is referred to in brackets, if I am not totally mistaken.

 

Colleen Roach, PhD  Identity Verified
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All Linked-In translators forums the same... Dec 27, 2018

Robert: Someone else also posted something recently on a Linked In translators' forum almost identical to yours, asking "are the moderators sleeping?" (I don't know if that was you and I can't recall if it was the PROZ site). I check pretty regularly about 3 or 4 translators' forums on Linked In (not just Proz) and they are all pretty much the same -- literally. Full of the same ads for various companies offering seminars, conferences, etc. + ads by individuals advertising themselves. Every once... See more
Robert: Someone else also posted something recently on a Linked In translators' forum almost identical to yours, asking "are the moderators sleeping?" (I don't know if that was you and I can't recall if it was the PROZ site). I check pretty regularly about 3 or 4 translators' forums on Linked In (not just Proz) and they are all pretty much the same -- literally. Full of the same ads for various companies offering seminars, conferences, etc. + ads by individuals advertising themselves. Every once in a while someone gets scammed and there's some advice offered, or an interesting article to read, but that's fairly rare. Just the other day, in fact, I was thinking about these ads/commercials on Linked In and concluded that commercialism in all of its guises has pretty much taken over the translation profession.Collapse


 

Colleen Roach, PhD  Identity Verified
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PROZ URL on Linked In Dec 27, 2018

Samuel: this is the URL: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/138763/

At the top of the page it's listed as "Professional Translators & Interpreters (Proz.com)

It's listed as a "Standard group."

I can't recall, but I think you have to sign up for it.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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A Spruce Goose Dec 28, 2018

LinkedIn is a waste of space. Surely I can't be the only one who finds it irritating to keep receiving links in my e-mail inbox which, once clicked, expect me to jump through additional hoop of signing in again before I can see the latest frippery.

Jessica Noyes
 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Okay... Dec 28, 2018

Colleen Roach, Ph.D. wrote:
This is the URL: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/138763/


Okay, so I tried to sign up for it now.

It's got around 80 000 members (I wonder if they were all added individually by a poor sleepless moderator). There are also 7 moderators (some of them ProZ.com staff). The group is first mentioned on the forums in 2010 (Romina), at which time there were "over 11 000" members. I get the impression the creation of this group was part of ProZ.com's marketing team's decision to create a page for ProZ.com on all major social media sites, when it was the in-thing to do.

I'll have a look at what's going on there as soon as my join request is approved.


 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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@Colleen Dec 28, 2018

Colleen Roach, Ph.D. wrote:

Robert: Someone else also posted something recently on a Linked In translators' forum almost identical to yours, asking "are the moderators sleeping?" (I don't know if that was you and I can't recall if it was the PROZ site). I check pretty regularly about 3 or 4 translators' forums on Linked In (not just Proz) and they are all pretty much the same -- literally. Full of the same ads for various companies offering seminars, conferences, etc. + ads by individuals advertising themselves. Every once in a while someone gets scammed and there's some advice offered, or an interesting article to read, but that's fairly rare. Just the other day, in fact, I was thinking about these ads/commercials on Linked In and concluded that commercialism in all of its guises has pretty much taken over the translation profession.


Yes that was me, but I didn't get a lot of response, so I decided to ask the question again, but this time on this forum, in the hope that at least one of the moderators will wake up.


 


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