frequently asked questions



  • 1 - Wat is die

    Die is 'n ope besprekingsarea waar onderwerpe van gesamentlike belang in 'n relatief ongestruktureerde formaat kan bespreek.

  • 2 - Watter soort dinge kan geplaas word?

    Die is bedoel vir bespreking van dinge wat met vertaling, sélf of die verband hou. Die forums is nie daar vir 'n ander doel nie. 'n Meer omvattende omskrywing van die doel van die forums is hier beskikbaar.

  • 3 - Wat is die forums se reëls?

    Daar is skakels uit die forums na die Forumreëls. Gebruikers moet tot daardie reëls instem voor hulle boodskappe kan plaas.

  • 4 - What should I do if I consider that site rules are being violated in a forum?

    In this case you should refer the issue to the forum moderator or a member of site staff. At the bottom of each forum thread page you will see a little box with the name of the corresponding moderator(s) and a "Call to this topic" link:

    When you click on this link, a small box will open to let you describe the rule(s) violation you perceived in the thread. This is a mandatory field. When you submit this information it will be included in a profile email to be submitted to the moderator.

    You may contact site staff on the issue via support request, in the case of a forum which has no assigned moderator.

  • 5 - Why should discussion of administrative actions be carried out through the support system and not in forums?

    Moderating site forums is not an easy task. Sometimes, moderators may face a situation in a thread that they feel is not correct and that requires immediate action. Also, it may happen that, when deciding on the most appropriate actions to take in such threads, no other fellow moderator is around to check, leading the moderator to take honest and well-meant actions that they consider most appropriate.

    These actions, however, may prove to be incorrect when evaluated later, without the pressure, and this is why contacting site staff to request the re-evaluation of administrative actions taken by moderators is encouraged. Experience has demonstrated that discussing moderators' actions in the forums basically produces more ill feelings without solving the issues at hand.

    Reporting via the support system what may be considered improper actions by moderators allows site staff to look at the issue and provide a "second opinion" that tries to be calm and objective.

  • 6 - Wie kan die forums gebruik?

    Enige geregistreerde gebruiker van kan boodskappe in die forums plaas.

  • 7 - Word forumboodskappe gekeur?

    Forumboodskappe van lede en gebruikers wie se identiteit geverifieer is, verskyn dadelik.* Boodskappe van alle ander mense word nagegaan voor dit gewys word. Die meeste boodskappe word binne 12 uur goedgekeur.

    * Toegang tot netwerkkenmerke, wat ander lede dalk kan raak, kan gewysig of ingetrek word volgens die se diskresie.

  • 8 - How do I post in the forums?

    To start a new thread in a forum you should visit its page and then click on the "Post new topic" link, on the upper left part of the screen. This will show you a posting window where you should write a good title in the "Topic subject:" field (instructions provided in the same page) and the body of your post in the "Topic body: " field.
    If the planned thread will be on some of the tolerated off topic exceptions described in the Definition of's Scope you should click on the "This post is 'off-topic', ie. more play than work." box.

    To answer to an already existing thread you should click on the “Reply / comment” button to create a new post or on he “Reply with quote” link inside a previous post to reply to this post in particular keeping it in a box inside your own reply.

  • 9 - How do I select the forums I would like to see listed on the homepage?

    Go to your forum dashboard and click on the "Homepage forums" tab. There you can select the forums you would like to appear on the homepage.

    To see a brief introduction to the forum dashboard and its features, check out this video.

  • 10 - I have a question I would like to post to the forums. What is the best way to make sure I get an answer?

    Here are some tips to keep in mind when posting a question to the forums:

  • Do a forum search before posting. There are detailed discussions on the forums on many subjects and problems we all have to deal with on a daily basis as translators. Chances are, your problem has already been discussed several times and good solutions have already been suggested. To make a forum search, go to the Community tab; Forum search is the second item from top.

  • Choose the most relevant/appropriate forum to post. There are many forums on the site, under generalized tabs, and users who are not familiar with the forums sometimes post in one of the most visible forums. These are usually moved by moderators to more relevant forums, but sometimes moderators may miss them, too. Result: a thread that would normally draw a lot of attention from the frequent visitors and posters of a technical forum, might sit in a site-related forum for ages without getting a reply.

  • Always try to summarize your main point / request / problem in the title of your thread. Posters are expected to write detailed titles and post in the most appropriate forum. The more detailed your title, the more likely it is to draw the interest/help of those able to respond.

  • 11 - How can I include smilies in my forum post?

    Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :( To see a list of smilies and how to make them, just visit the article Smilies & Other Basic Text Formats in Forums: Quick Reference Guide.

  • 12 - What is BBCode and how can I use it in the forums?

    BBCode is a variation on the HTML tags you may already be familiar with. Basically, it allows you to add functionality or style to your message that would normally require HTML. You can use BBCode even if HTML is not enabled for the forum you are using. You may want to use BBCode as opposed to HTML, because there is less coding required and it is safer to use (incorrect coding syntax will not lead to as many problems).

    URL Hyperlinking

    You can create true hyperlinks using the [url] code. Just use the following format:

    In the example above, the BBCode automatically generates a hyperlink to the URL that is encased. It will also ensure that the link is opened in a new window when the user clicks on it. Note that the "http://" part of the URL is completely optional. The URL will hyperlink the text to whatever URL you provide after the equal sign. Also note that you should NOT use quotation marks inside the URL tag.

    Italics and bold face

    You can make italicized text or make text bold by encasing the applicable sections of your text with either the [b] [/b] or [i] [/i] tags.

    Hello, [b]James[/b]
    Hello, [i]Mary[/i]


    You can make bulleted lists or ordered lists (by number or letter).

    Unordered, bulleted list:

    [*] This is the first bulleted item.
    [*] This is the second bulleted item.

    This produces:

  • This is the first bulleted item.
  • This is the second bulleted item.

    Note that you must include a closing [/list] when you end each list.

    Making ordered lists is just as easy. Just add either [LIST=A] or [LIST=1]. Typing [List=A] will produce a list from A to Z. Using [List=1] will produce numbered lists.

    Here's an example:

    [*] This is the first bulleted item.
    [*] This is the second bulleted item.

    This produces:

    1. This is the first bulleted item.
    2. This is the second bulleted item.

    Adding Images

    To add a image within your message, just encase the URL of the graphic image as shown in the following example (BBCode is in red).


    In the example above, the BBCode automatically makes the graphic visible in your message. Note: the "http://" part of the URL is required for the [img] code.

    Quoting Other Messages

    To reference something specific that someone has posted, just cut and paste the applicable verbiage and enclose it as shown below (BBCode is in red).

    [QUOTE]Ask not what your country can do for you....
    ask what you can do for your country.[/QUOTE]

    In the example above, the BBCode automatically blockquotes the text you reference.


  • You should not use both HTML and BBCode to do the same function.
  • BBCode is not case-sensitive (you could use [URL] or [url]).
  • Do not put spaces between the bracketed code and the text you are applying the code to.
  • End brackets must include a forward slash (e.g. [/url] )

  • 13 - Hoe kan ek kennisgewing ontvang van nuwe forumboodskappe?

    Alle geregistreerde lede kan kennisgewing ontvang van nuwe forumboodskappe.

    Hou forums dop
    Om 'n hele forum vir nuwe boodskappe dop te hou, gebruik die opsies in die linkerkolom op die hoofforumbladsy (die 'Forums'-skakel in die kieslys, kliek hier). Daar het jy drie opsies vir elke forum:

    Kies 'Nuwe gesprekke' om kennisgewing van nuwe onderwerpe te ontvang. 'Alle nuwe boodskappe' is vir kennisgewing van nuwe onderwerpe en vir alle nuwe boodskappe. Die 'Af'-opsie deaktiveer alle kennisgewings van nuwe boodskappe daardie forum. Wanneer jy klaar gekies het, druk die Dophou-knoppie onderaan die bladsy om jou keuse te stoor.

    Hou enkele gesprekke dop
    Om 'n enkele gesprek dop te hou (wanneer jy byvoorbeeld nie die hele forum waarin dit verskyn, dophou nie), druk die 'Hou gesprek dop"-skakel bo-aan die bladsy wanneer jy die gesprek bekyk. Wanneer dophou geaktiveer is, lees die skakel 'Hou op om gesprek dop te hou', wat jy kan gebruik om dophou te deaktiveer.

    Kan ek die boodskappe se volledige teks in die kennisgewing kry?
    Nee. Vanweë bandwydtegebruik kan ons net 'n uittreksel uit die boodskap in die kennisgewing insluit.

  • 14 - Word private forums deur soekenjins geïndekseer?

    Ons stel voor dat enige iemand wat die internet gebruik, altyd veronderstel dat enige iets wat hulle aanlyn pos, vir ewig deur alle ander mense gelees kan word. Wat private forums betref het ons egter ons bes gedoen om te verseker dat soekenjins nie die inhoud daarvan indekseer nie, tensy die soekenjin as een van die groeplede aangemeld is of op 'n manier die stawingsprosedure omseil het. Dit is dus betreklik onwaarskynlik dat inhoud wat in private forums geplaas word, deur soekenjins geïndekseer word.

  • 15 - Hoe word daar bepaal of 'n forumgesprek op die tuisblad gewys word?

    Die tuisblad is 'n belangrike ruimte vir die omdat lede heelwat tyd en aandag daar bestee. Ten einde die beste moontlike werksomgewing te skep, oefen redaksionele beheer uit oor wat daarop verskyn. (Dit is algemeen in uitgewery.)

    Die keuse van items wat gewys word, word half outomaties beheer. Afhangende van die forum word die meeste nuwe gesprekke outomaties op die voorblad vertoon. Wanneer 'n personeellid egter op 'n gesprek afkom wat byvoorbeeld eerder 'n soort persoonlike navraag is as 'n onderwerp vir bespreking, kan hy/sy maak dat die gesprek nie meer op die voorblad gewys word nie. Onderwerpe wat afgesluit is, sal ook moontlik nie meer daar verskyn nie.

  • 16 - What is the RSS feed for forums?

    RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication, a family of Web formats used to publish frequently updated content such as news headlines or blog entries in a standardized format and that allows users to subscribe to it.

    A feed reader is client software or a Web application that is used to subscribe to and collect syndicated web content in a single location for easy viewing.

    You can subscribe to your favorite public forums in your RSS feed reader by clicking the orange button in the forum page to get started.

    You can subscribe using any news reader that you would like. If you encounter any encoding issues or have questions, comments or concerns, please contact site staff via a support request.

  • 17 - Hoekom het my onderwerpreël verander? en -personeel kan onderwerpreëls wysig as dit nie beskrywend genoeg van die inhoud van die boodskap is nie. (Dit staan geskryf op die pos- en antwoordvorms, en in die forumreëls.)

    Hoekom doen hulle dit? Wel, onderwerpreëls word op die gewys. Misleidende of onvolledige onderwerpreëls weerhou mense daarvan om onderwerpe doeltreffend te vind wat hulle interesseer. Onderwerpreëls is ook deel van die opsommings wat gepos word aan mense wat op onderwerpe ingeteken het. Boonop maak onderwerpreëls dit makliker om ou gesprekke te vind. Om hierdie rede is dit belangrik dat onderwerpreëls so geskryf word dat dit so veel as moontlik oor die inhoud van die gesprek sê.

    Voorbeelde van swak onderwerpreëls:

    - KudoZ (probleem: te algemeen)
    - Alle vertalers moet dit lees (probleem: sê niks oor die inhoud nie)

    Voorbeelde van goeie onderwerpreëls:

    - Beroepsversekering - het ek dit nodig? Waar kan ek dit kry?
    - Nuwe vryskutter vra wenke oor vertalingsagteware

    Dis nie altyd maklik om goeie onderwerpreëls te skryf nie; wees dus kreatief!

  • 18 - Why is the editing option disabled after the first 24 hours since the original forum post?

    This is aimed at preserving the original content of the discussion as much as possible and ensuring that the flow of the discussion works smoothly so that participants in the thread can reply to each other and quote posts whose content is unlikely to change in the future.

  • 19 - Ek kan nie my boodskap vind nie.

    As jy nie 'n boodskap kan vind wat jy geskryf het nie, kan dit wees dat jou boodskap nog goedgekeur moet word voor dit verskyn omdat jy nie 'n werflid is nie en/of jou identiteit nog nie geverifieer is nie.*

    Dit kan ook gebeur dat jou boodskap van een kategorie na 'n ander, meer geskikte kategorie verskuif is. Gaan soek die gesprek in die betrokke kategorieë.

    * Toegang tot netwerkkenmerke, wat ander lede dalk kan raak, kan gewysig of ingetrek word volgens die se diskresie.

  • 20 - Kan ek 'n boodskap oor 'n slegte agentskap of vertaler skryf?

    Nee, glad nie. Die Bloubord is die geskikte plek waar jy jou mening oor 'n betrokke kliënt kan lug.

  • 21 - Hoekom kan ek nie die forums gebruik om ander mense oor 'n slegte agentskap te waarsku nie?

    Kritiek in die openbaar kan nogal hewige gevolge hê, soos tientalle of selfs honderde e-posse, foonoproepe en selfs regsdreigemente.

    Boonop kan so iets op, wat derduisende lede het, 'n baie hewiger reaksie uitlok as op bestaande wanbetalerswartlyste wat gewoonlik minder as 1 000 lede het. 'n Enkele kritiekboodskap op veroorsaak dus dat administrateurs, moderators en toeskouers soms heelwat tyd daaraan moet bestee.

    Die het gou besef dat dit onhaalbaar sou wees om boodskappe van kritiek op die openbare forum toe te laat, ongeag of die kritiek geregverdig is. Daarom het ons die Bloubord geskep, waar inligting op 'n gestruktureerde, hanteerbare manier gegee kan word.

    Is die Bloubord nuttig? Ja. Voldoen die Bloubord aan almal se verwagtinge? Nee, maar niemand beweer tog dat dit die geval is nie. Dit word wel voortdurend verbeter, teen 'n pas wat in ooreenstemming is met die grootte van ons besigheid.

  • 22 - Can I use the forums to denounce a scam?

    Yes, as long as your posts are in line with forum rule #8 . In other words, you can post the emails you received or describe the situation, but no names should be mentioned.

    The purpose of avoiding naming names in a case like this is to prevent possible issues with libel, since the names used in these cases are not always made-up and can be the names of actual, innocent, persons. In general the messages themselves are sufficient to warn other translators.

  • 23 - Kan finansiële onderwerpe bespreek word?

    Ja, maar net in die 'geldsake'-afdeling van die forums.

  • 24 - Hoekom word politieke en kontroversiële onderwerpe verbied?

    Die werfstigter wens dat ongeag wat in die "regte lewe" gebeur, ons hier by 'n virtuele area kan skep waar mense van verskillende kulture en teenstrydige standpunte sáám in vrede met taal kan werk.

    Daarom is dit die werf se beleid om enige boodskap wat nie taalverwant is nie en selfs maar 'n *klein moontlikheid* het om kontroversieel te wees, *onmiddellik* te verwyder. Daar word van werf- en forummoderators vereis om dit ook te doen.

    Hierdie beleid word konsekwent toegepas op alle kontroversiële boodskappe, ongeag die persoonlike standpunte van die moderators. (Wanneer 'n onderwerp afgesluit is of verwyder word, is dit nie 'n aanduiding van die persoon wat dit afsluit se persoonlike standpunt nie.) Neem kennis dat die moderators nie altyd aan diens is nie en dat dit ure of selfs dae kan neem voor 'n boodskap gesluit word.

    Politiek kan op ander plekke op die web bespreek word; dis trouens doeltreffender om dit daar te bespreek as op

  • 25 - Kan natuurrampe of rampe wat geen politieke verbandskap het nie in die forums bespreek word?

    Ja. Hoewel dit nie 'n taalverwante onderwerp is nie, word boodskappe oor natuurrampe (di aardbewings, vloede, orkane, tifone, hittegolwe, kouevloede, tsjoenami's, vulkane, sneeustortings, brande, modderstortings en ander natuurlike gebeurtenisse wat nie deur stryd veroorsaak is nie) wel aanvaar omdat die forum 'n gemeenskap is.

    Wanneer daar 'n ramp plaasgevind het, word lede juis aangemoedig om inligting te plaas oor hulpverlening wat deur erkende, betroubare organisasies in daardie streek georganiseer word. As daar byvoorbeeld 'n aardbewing iewers in die wêreld plaasgevind het, kan 'n lid uit Spanje byvoorbeeld inligting plaas oor hoe 'n mens in Spanje deur betroubare organisasies kan geld skenk of vrywillige hulp verleen.

    Let wel:
    - Boodskappe oor natuurrampe moet die etiket "afrit" bevat.
    - Boodskappe wat deel van 'n gesprek oor 'n natuurramp is, maar wat politieke kommentaar lewer, sal verwyder word ongeag die mening wat uitgespreek is.
    - Boodskappe wat private samewerking voorstel vir hulpverlening, sal sonder skroom verwyder word.

  • 26 - If a forum thread has been locked, does that mean the topic cannot be discussed ever again?

    When a forum thread has been locked, forum rule 6 helps to protect this action and allow a discussion to "cool down". Immediately posting with the intention of continuing the discussion in a locked thread is not allowed, but this does not mean that the topic itself cannot be discussed at a later point, provided it is in line with site rules.

  • 27 - What about freedom of speech? There should not be censorship in the forums.

    The forums are limited in scope and subject to rules. It is important to know that the site rules and scope have been in place for some time now, and they are there and enforced precisely in the interest of maintaining a positive, results-oriented workplace. The only way for this to happen is for those rules and the scope to be enforced consistently, and that is what moderators and site staff do.

    This said, it should be noted that, within the framework of site rules and the aim of those rules, not everyone is going to be able to say whatever they want at Keeping a positive, results-oriented translation workplace means that posters will not be able to swear, or to talk politics, or make offensive remarks in the forums, for example. There are other places to do that. Everyone has valid opinions, views and statements; but it should not be assumed that can be used to advertise these.

    If you feel you have received rules enforcement action which was not rules-based, please report this to site staff through the support system, where the issue can be properly reviewed. The forums are not an appropriate channel for discussing individual rules enforcement issues.

  • 28 - My posts did not require vetting and now they do. What happened?

    When in doubt, submit a support request and site staff will be able to look into the issue.

    In some instances, a forum vetting requirement may be placed by site staff or moderators. A vetting requirement can be in relation to a rules violation, but this is not necessarily always the case. Rather, the vetting requirement is a safeguard which is used by site staff and moderators to help protect the positive, results-oriented environment of the forums. When it is deemed that this environment is being endangered, the vetting requirement may be used.

  • 29 - Can I request a private forum for discussion/work?

    Paying members may request a private forum be created, and invite colleagues to participate. To do this, just submit a support request, stating the name you wish to give the forum and including the profile numbers of any initial participants you wish to include in the forum.

    Once the forum is created, it will be assigned to the member(s) who requested it, who will act as the private forum owner(s). The forum owner(s) will be able to add other site users to and remove them from the forum. Only the users invited to the forum (and site staff) will be able to see it, and only the forum owners and members can participate in it. Private forums will not be made public.

    Note that private forums are also subject to site forum rules, though in some cases these rules may be interpreted more loosely for the purpose of the private forum. Private forum owners act as moderators in their own private forums and it is their responsibility then to clarify this with all who are invited to participate in the forum.

  • 30 - I have a survey I would like to publish. Can I post it in the forums?

    If you have a survey you would like to publish, and it is within site scope, please contact staff via the support system with the specifics for help. Note that not all surveys can be published.

  • 31 - I posted a topic in the wrong forum by mistake. What should I do?

    Since posting the same topic twice is not in line with forum rules, please submit a support request if you posted a topic in an incorrect forum so that support staff can move the topic to the correct forum.

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