A place specifically for localization professionals
Imagine the power that would be harnessed if anyone in the industry (not just employees of companies who can afford a membership to industry clubs or travel to industry events) could come together to learn, to share and to collaborate on real solutions. It's such a natural and easy thing to do. Why haven't we done this before?
A place where results get noticed
Imagine encountering a localization problem. You need an answer quickly. You hit the website where you know the localization community gathers, www.L10NCafe.com, and fire off a question. Within minutes you have 20 solutions, one of which is perfect, and your difficult problem is solved. You're a hero at your company. And you have a new friend in the localization industry. You give him a rating of 5 stars. And you also give positive ratings to several of the other solutions offered -- they were good answers, just not the best.
Imagine sitting at your computer when someone asks a question that aligns perfectly with your expertise. You take a couple of minutes to share a solution. It's just what they needed. You're a hero. And you have a new fan – and another 5-star rating to add to your collection. You're becoming a star in the industry.
A place where you can get answers
Imagine another person encounters the same problem just 3 months later. Rather than potentially re-inventing the wheel, she goes to the localization industry's gathering place, www.L10NCafe.com, and searches on her topic. She finds a conversation that took place between a couple of people she's never met, but it's just what she needed. She's becomes a hero at her company. And she's a fan of 2 people in the industry and gives them both a positive rating for having and sharing a solution.
Imagine encountering a difficult problem in localization. You need an answer. You hit the website where the localization industry gathers, www.L10NCafe.com, and fire off a question. Within minutes you have 200 people who share the same problem but nobody has a solution. So you start a forum on the site and invite anyone who wants to help solve the problem to contribute. Within days (not months or years) you have a solution that benefits not just the 200 people, but the entire industry. Because you got the best and the brightest people together to focus on a specific problem, one idea triggered 50 which led to something nobody had ever tried before. And that led to an industry-changing innovation! Stars all around!
A place where you can find the vendors that are on your side
Imagine a wise vendor who wants to contribute to the community. She observes the needs of the community and offers to work with interested parties to develop a solution. She partners with the community and possibly even other vendors to develop the right solution. She becomes a trusted partner with the community and they give her a positive rating.
Imagine an unwise vendor who wants to use the community rather than contribute to it. He incessantly pitches solutions he doesn't have. He badmouths other vendors. He pushes more than the community is willing to take. He piles up lots of negative feedback and he either changes his behavior or he gets voted out of the community.
Imagine needing to find a vendor. You hit the site where the localization community gathers, www.L10NCafe.com, and you quickly learn which vendors to work with and which ones to avoid!
A place where we can work together to make the localization industry what it could be
Imagine all that ISN'T being localized today. If we can join together to make localization better, faster and cheaper, there's a much larger market to be shared by ALL of us. The potential market for localization professionals is huge. We just need to work together to build the industry to be able to support it!