When applying the above definitions, detach yourself from your own background/specialisation and think of a - hypothetical - randomly selected bilingual person. Is it likely that this person would be able to produce a good translation of the term or phrase in question (and in the particular context shown) from the top of his/her head? If not, it is a PRO question.
The following chart contrasts non-PRO and PRO-level questions:
Notice that the terms in the left column above could probably be translate by just about any fully bilingual person. These are terms of a type not likely to be asked by a professional translators. Because the skills of a professional translator are not called for, these terms should be classified as "non-PRO".
As for the terms in the right column, it is not likely that a typical bilingual person (selected randomly from among those walking down the street) could translate them without the aid of a dictionary or other resource. Because specialized knowledge is necessary to provide a proper translation, these terms are considered appropriate for specialists and professional translators and they should therefore be classified as PRO.
What to do if you are not sure how to classify
If there is any doubt as to whether a question should be classified as PRO or non-PRO, it is generally suggested that the question be classified as PRO.
Ramifications of PRO/non-PRO classification
As mentioned above, questions are treated differently depending on how they are classified. Here are some important differences:
How terms get classified
Steps have been taken to ensure that questions get classified appropriately. The first person given an opportunity to classify a question is the asker. After a question is asked, users with at least twenty (20) KudoZ PRO points can vote for its reclassification.
In a "help" KudoZ question marked as PRO, participants may vote to have the question marked as non-PRO, and vice versa.
Three votes for either PRO or non-PRO are required to reclassify a question for the first time, and after that it will reverse its status as soon as there are more votes for the change than against it.
What to do if a term is mis-classified
Many terms have been misclassified. In fact, according to the guidelines in this document, the majority of questions classified in the archives as "non-PRO" should actually be classified as "PRO". If you see a term that you believe has been misclassified, please help to classify it properly by means of your vote. (A log is kept of such votes, and your name will appear to others who have the right to vote. If you cast the deciding vote, your name will appear as the person responsible for reclassification.)
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Note that KudoZ rule 2.1 states, "Use KudoZ to ask for a translation only after you have consulted the KudoZ archives (KudoZ > KudoZ Search from the main menu), dictionaries, search engines and any other commonly available resources that might be helpful. If you find translations elsewhere and still wish to post a KudoZ question, include the information you have found and explain what further information you seek."