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Recently something new has been happening. I'm sitting in front of my computer and I've received 3 consecutive e-mail notifications of available jobs. As soon as I receive them I click them and there is nothing there. One was even for a job with "preferred" status. Refreshing the dashboard shows nothing as well.

Do these e-mail notifications pop up as soon as the job becomes available or is there a lag in between? I'm surprised that there are people out there so fast that they can catch jobs before they are even posted!

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    carla m.

    Hi Alicia, unfortunately for us translators, emails are not sent as soon as jobs are avaialble, but at some interval...so it is very possible that by the time you received those emails the jobs were long gone...It's been frustrating for me as well, lately (I work in the En-It combination. Yesterday 4 PT jobs appeared in my feed and I wasn't able to catch any of them...)

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    Alexander

    As I understand it, the email is only sent at some interval, like cm says, but unlike cm I believe they do reflect the actual situation at the moment they are being sent.

    However, email messages take some time to reach you. For one thing, most email clients only poll once per minute or so to see if new email has arrived at the server of your provider. That's why they are outdated by the time you read them. In many pairs, most jobs are taken within seconds.

    The best appoach seems to be that you use an RSS reader, like RumpelstiltskinRSS or one of the many other readers out there.

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    carla m.

    @Alexander...We think/say the same thing. In fact, I said "by the time you received those emails the jobs were long gone", meaning the situation expressed in the email was true and real at the moment the message was created, but when we get it the jobs are already gone ;-)

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    yairku

    It happens to me many times. The other times, it happens to other translators that work with the same language pair as me :)

    I even have some script on gmail that sends me an alert on SMS every time a new job is available. That's how I got many of the great opportunities :D

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    Alexander

    @cm - I misinterpreted your words "emails are not sent as soon as jobs are avaialble, but at some interval" to mean some delay between collecting and sending the info. Thanks for clarifying that my clarification was not needed :-)

    @yairku - Is this SMS feature paid or for free?

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    Alicia L. Alonso

    @Alexander: thank you for the comments. I do have RSS, as well as e-mail notifications, but the RSS show up even less often than the notifications. Some times I will refresh the dashboard to find a job sitting there (and about to get taken), but there are no RSS or e-mail notifications about it. I suppose that's what happens: someone sees the job on the dashboard, takes it, it's gone and the notifications don't pop up. 

    As to RumpelstiltskinRSS, could you please re-post the site's url? I can't find it now. :-/

    Thank you!!!!

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    Alexander
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    yairku

    @Alexander: It's for free. I just set a script on google scripts. It takes some time to learn and set but once you have it you've got an advantage over everybody else.

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    Alicia L. Alonso

    @Yairku: does this script read from the email notifications? 

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    Alicia L. Alonso

    Oh, and thank you for the links, Alexander.

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    yairku

    Yes, it reads emails and lets me know when they come from Gengo.

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    Alexander

    @yairku - That's interesting. I've been looking for ways to have RumpelstiltskinRSS send out an SMS alert, but only found solutions via paid services.

    In my understanding, sending out an SMS is equivalent to sending an email to some address that is derived from the phone number you want to send the SMS to. I know how to have RumpelstiltskinRSS send out an email, I just don't know what to what address it should be.

    It seems to me providers won't tell how to translate a phone number into the corresponding email address, and paid services are the only way to have the translation done for you. Did you figure out the email address corresponding to your phone number, or does this script use your phone number itself?

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    yairku

    Please send me an email to yairku at yahoo. I will gladly explain more. I wouldn't like all the people that commented here to be annoyed for all the email notifications they get for our comments.

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    Alexander

    I will, thanks.

    BTW Anyone who wishes to contact me directly on RumpelstiltskinRSS related issues can use the Contact link that is on every page of the tool.

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    Alicia L. Alonso

    BTW, Alexander... ¡the Tarzan scream is too funny! :)

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    Alexander

    @Alicia - It matches my feelings when I hunt for a job in the Gengo jungle :-)

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