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I know there are already a few threads on this topic, but some are pretty old, and tech stuff changes quickly, so I thought I'd bring up this subject again because I have some questions.

 

I use Firefox and just installed Simple RSS Reader. Under preferences / general, I set it to "change message" every 60 seconds (that's the only place I can find that has any time/frequency setting at all). But looking at the little info bar the add-on installed near the top of my page, it looks like it's refreshing every five seconds!

I'm worried that I might be doing something (too frequently accessing the available jobs) contrary to Gengo's policies.

Trouble is, jobs come up so rarely, it's hard to tell if the reader is working—I have no idea what to expect!

Any information about the Simple RSS Reader would be great, or even suggestions on what reader works best with (the latest) Firefox. (I would use it only for the available job feed.)

Thanks in advance!

Kevan

 

Note—I've been translating for Gengo for almost a year, and haven't used an RSS reader, but lately it seems either jobs are going so fast that they're snapped up before an e-mail goes out, or else I'm not getting job notification e-mails again (I stopped getting e-mail notifications last year for a while, and had to have support fix that, but it took several tries before they understood what the problem was, and a while longer to fix it, and I don't want to go through that struggle again).

 

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    Angela Nevsechirlioglou

    Sadly I don't really know much about browser RSS feeds, so I'm not sure what could be the problem with the one you currently have. Unless there's a specific reason you'd rather have a browser RSS feed, I would recommend using Feed Notifier, which is an application. I have been using it for well over a year now and it has been very reliable. I have it set to updating every 60 seconds, and I think that it gives you a warning if you go below that. The only issue has been that my antivirus keeps thinking it's malware and not autorunning it (it isn't of course, my PC has been perfectly stable). An exception should suffice, though.

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    Alexander
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    KevanSF

    @ Angela — Very interesting! I really have no reason for a browser RSS feed other than Gengo, but I've never heard of a Feed Notifier. I'll look in to that, it sounds like it would be what I'm looking for. Do you know of which one might work best with Firefox, or are they all about the same?  Sorry, I haven't figured out all this terminology yet!

     

    @ Alexander — I tried the Rumpelstilskin a while back, but I couldn't get it to work. When I clicked on the link, the resulting page gave me text that was huge. I could only see about two letters on the screen at a time because they were so huge. It looked like it wanted me to create an account, but I was a little too spooked to do anything.  I tried a second time a few weeks later and the same result. I will try again if I can't find a Feed Notifier.

     

    Thanks for the replies, I will work on it!

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    KevanSF

    @ Angela — Well I downloaded and installed Feed Notifier, and it looks like it would be exactly what I'm looking for, but I can't get it to work!  I get the little pop up asking me to add the feed URL, but nothing I enter seems to work. I've tried cutting and pasting, It always gives me an error that the URL I have entered does not appear to be a valid RSS feed. I can't do anything from the dashboard page, as clicking on the feed icon (the orange thingie) just gives me the option of using live bookmarks to subscribe, but the URL it would use for that won't work with Feed Notifier.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    Kevan

     

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    mirko

    @Kevan - Go to http://gengo.com/t/dashboard right click on Jobs RSS and select Copy link address. Right click on the Feed Notifier icon in your taskbar and select Add Feed... The URL should already be there, if not, paste it in the Feed URL field and click Next. Select a title for the feed, a polling interval (something > 30 seconds) and then Finish.

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    Angela Nevsechirlioglou

    @ Kevan, I believe you need to go to the Dashboard, right-click on the Jobs RSS link on the top right and select Copy Link Location. I'm currently on another PC so I can't check for myself, please let me know if that works and if not I'll be able to check in a bit!

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    Alexander

    @Kevan (January 22, 2016, 00:39) - The text is large so it's easy to read on a small screen. Thanks for the feedback that in your configuration it turns out way too huge, which makes it unusable. I'll see what I can do about it.

    Yes, you're supposed to create an account, because of the way the tool works. It filters the content of your personal RSS feed according to your personal preferences, so it needs to remember your feed and your preferences. You can use any nickname that has not already been taken.

    To my taste, your personal RSS feed is the only information you need to give which you might consider sensitive. However, about the only thing some hacker (or I) could do with it is peek how many jobs there are for you, not take them because that would require your Gengo credentials, which you don't give to RumpelstiltskinRSS.

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    KevanSF

    OK, got it now! Whew! Thanks for all the help! I owe you guys!

     

    Kevan

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    mirko

    You're welcome. Glad it works :)

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    Angela Nevsechirlioglou

    No problem, glad things worked out :D

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    KevanSF

    I guess I won't know for sure if it's working until a job actually pops up, and that may be a while. I've gotten two whole jobs so far this year, and saw two e-mails about jobs I didn't get a week or so ago. I'm perplexed as to why my job e-mail notification seems to have stopped again. (It happened once, and support eventually solved the problem, but looks like it's back again, or else there really are few jobs, and they are all being grabbed in less than 5 minutes.)

    While I love Gengo in most respects, I wish the job-getting or job-allocating process was a little more transparent. It seems silly that each translator has to add an extra process (RSS stuff) just to level the playing field. The native system should work as it is.

    I wish there was a way to examine recent job history. By that I mean a place to click and see exactly how many jobs have appeared in your pair over the last X time period (day? week? maybe just the most recent 10 or 20 jobs) and what level (Standard, Pro) and how many words they were and the time they appeared and the time they were claimed. I think this would make it feel more transparent to me.

    That said, I've been lucky a few times, getting some good jobs, even without ever using the RSS feed.  (My Christmas gift was a 5,760 word Pro job! My heart stopped for a few seconds when I saw that one! Took two days to translate!)

    I think it helps a lot when customers have multiple jobs, because each translator can only claim one at a time, so that makes it more possible for me to get one if some of the other translators are already working on jobs.

    Maybe this isn't a problem in those language pairs with more jobs. I was thinking of taking the test for French just to see if I could get more work, since that seems to be a pretty active pair, and Japanese is way beyond me! (I'm half kidding, I can read French pretty well, but I think translating would be slow and difficult for a while. Still, a new challenge is always fun...)

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